Saturday, February 16, 2002
Yes, I remember the Cold War, which pitted the Soviet Union against Canada in a global contest. We in the U.S. offered what moral support we could to the Canadians who valiantly went toe-to-toe with the Russkies for forty years. I only wish we could have done more to help out.
From Edward Greenspon, on closer relations between the U.S. and Canada: "The Americans took up our cause because the judging scandal at the Olympics offended their values of fair play and meritocracy. Thus the extraordinary embrace of our beautiful and talented skaters -- the best branding one can imagine for a globally competitive Canada -- serves as an expression of solidarity by a country confident of its self-identity and willing to stand up for what it considers right." ...and consequently Canadians shouldn't be concerned about any erosion of sovereignty as Canada integrates more closely with the U.S.
From Jeffrey Simpson: "Something was up when The New York Times began to editorialize. Usually given to weighty ruminations on economics, politics or foreign affairs, its editorial writers offered a few comments this week on 'A Duo Deprived,' the duo being Canadian figure skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier.... Other U.S. papers mirrored the Times's news judgment and editorial line that an injustice had been done to the Canadian pair in the Olympic competition. By the end of the week, the story was still running in all the major U.S. papers. It was rather a human story of obvious and flagrant injustice done to nice people from next door to which Americans, with their latent sense of fair play, responded."
So a quick memo to George Bush: Now is the time to ask again for Canada to harmonize its immigration policies with those of the U.S. While the afterglow lasts, you have a chance of getting this through.