Practical Diplomacy

The Globe and Mail reports that:

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has selected a politically connected Toronto corporate consultant …c to take over as Canada’s envoy to the United States …

David-MacNaughton-300x207David MacNaughton, chairman of Strategy Corp., who co-chaired Mr. Trudeau’s Liberal election campaign in Ontario, will become ambassador to Washington with a mandate to improve Canada-U.S. relations, The Globe and Mail has learned.”

This is a good, smart move and we Conservatives should commend Prime Minister Trudeau for making it.

Our relations with the USA remain, head and shoulders, more important than any other in the world ~ arguably more important than all the others.

No matter what all kinds of wooly headed ‘thinkers,’ like the prime minister’s father, Pierre Trudeau, may have wished, we are, vis-à-vis the USA, in a situation that someone (not me, but I wish I had said it) described as TINA². TINA² means that:

  • We are: Trapped In North America; and

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  • As the late, great Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher used to say: There Is No Alternative.

It is not just one and the other for Canada when dealing with the USA, it is, always, one times the other: TINA², and no amount of  about a “third way” or a future in which China helps set the agenda will change that in the near to medium terms.

America is our closest neighbour, largest trading partner ~ by an overwhelming margin, and, like it or not, our best friend, too. We are kith and kin, we are part of “America,” writ large, and we share almost all the same social and economic aspirations. American culture, again like it or not, shapes our own. Even our political preferences are shaped by what’s going on in the United States.

So Prime Minister Trudeau is wise to appoint someone he trusts and someone who the Americans know has easy access to him and reflects his views to the most important diplomatic post in all of the foreign service.

David MacNaughton is no lightweight. His biography at the Strategy Corp website shows an impressive list of political, public affairs and business achievements ~ he will know how to present Canada’s case to the US president, the Congress and, indeed, to the American people.

This is a good, practical strategic move by our new prime minister and I applaud him for it.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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