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What's Up with Canada these Days??
An SI Board Since April 2003
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Emcee:  Ann Corrigan Type:  Unmoderated
Have they grown tired of American tourist $s? After 3 trips there in as many yrs(due to nice exchange rate) I've decided to forego another journey north for the foreseeable future. Afterall, you can only look at so many red maple trees & Niagara Falls so many times without starting to yawn anyway. O'Reilly is correct--Budweiser, Coors & many other American beers quench ones thirst even better than Molson.
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We Stand on Guard for Thee
By: Bill O'Reilly for BillOReilly.com
Thursday, Apr 17, 2003
Oh, Canada, what the heck is going on?

In a staggering display of in-your-face defiance, the Canadian
government now says it will not turn over any members of Saddam
Hussein's crew, should they eventually show up in Canada, to the
USA - including the evil dictator himself!

Canadian Minister of Defense John McCallum bluntly told the world
that his government would only give Saddam to the World Court in
the Hague.

This non-provoked belligerence comes after Prime Minister Jean
Chretien gleefully pilloried the Bush administration over fighting Iraq
every chance he got.

Chretien and his cohorts have made no secret of their disdain for
Mr. Bush and the Canadian press has generally been brutal to
America in portraying the war.

In response, President Bush has cancelled his May trip to Ottawa
and it would be wise not to send him an autographed picture of the
Montreal Canadian hockey team anytime soon.

That's because Montreal fans recently booed the National Anthem
before a match with the New York Islanders causing some angst
among American hockey fans who are not generally known for
being too accepting of that kind of display.

But it doesn't end there.

When a group of Boston kids went up to Montreal to play in a
peewee hockey tournament, they were not only taunted by the
Canadian kids, but also by the referees. Eh?

My question is this:

Do the Canadian people have any idea how close they are to serious
pain here?

Canada's economy is utterly dependent on the USA and Americans
pump more than 10-billion dollars directly into it every year.

Nine million of us cross the northern border more than 40-million
times annually and we buy lots of stuff.

And that stuff is heavily taxed by the tax and spend Canadian
government. So what happens if we all emulate Mr. Bush and just
say no to the land of snow?

Canada's economy melts, that's what happens.

A loosely organized boycott of French goods by some Americans
has brought immediate pain to the wine and travel industries in that
country, according to business titans in Paris.

One analyst told me that French wine consumption in the USA is
down ten percent and travel to Paris is off by more than 20-percent
with almost record low bookings for the upcoming summer.

Since the French economy was growing at just one percent before
Jacques Chirac began his quest to embarrass America, a French
recession is now likely.

If the same economic pressure were applied to Canada, the results
would be much more intense.

Simply put, if Americans cut back doing business with Canadians
that country could go into a depression.

And herein lies the problem. Most Americans are not mean people
and don't want to hurt working class Canadians.

It is Chretien who's the problem and he's out of office in less than a
year. But, there comes a point when enough is enough and
Canadians should understand that storm clouds are gathering to the
south.

Humiliating American kids in a hockey rink is simply not acceptable.

Thumbing your nose at 127 dead Americans in Iraq by making
defiant statements about where Saddam should be extradited is not a
wise policy.

Millions of Americans are beginning to realize that their buying
power is not only a democratic choice, but can be used as a weapon
against people who are hostile to us.

No American is under any obligation to buy any product, foreign or
domestic.

I'm sure the Molson beer people understand that Budweiser fits in
the cooler as well.

So I am giving the haughty Jean Chretien one more chance because
I have always liked and respected the Canadian people.

I am not going to travel north this summer but I'm not boycotting
Canadian products as I am with France.

But hear this Mr. Prime Minister:

One more cheap shot, one more unnecessary taunt, one more insult
directed at the USA by you or your minions, and I'll give you a very
accurate long range forecast.

It's gonna get mighty cold mighty fast west of the St. Lawrence.
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Would it be an insult
to President Bush if
Bill Clinton played
golf with Canadian
Prime Minister
Chretien?
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No
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