Despite government claims that all is going well in the aftermath of the missile defense decision, CTV is reporting that US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has cancelled a planned trip to Ottawa in April.
A senior state department official, who was on a London-bound flight with Rice, confirmed that the cancellation of the visit was a direct consequence of Prime Minister Paul Martin's decision, CTV News reported.Officials indicate that the meeting may be re-scheduled at a later date, but the simple fact of the matter is that an international meeting has been cancelled because of a disagreement over policy. And it's not as if America cancelled a meeting with some nation with which they have no relationship. Our two countries share the largest undefended border in the world, the same electrical grid and we are vital economic partners.
The American government has been lobbying Canadians on the issue for years and they seem to genuinely believe that it is in our national interests to participate. More importantly, Canadian participation would lend an air of credibility to the controversial program. In that light, it's perfectly understandable that the Americans are upset. However, such a public rebuke serves no real purpose except to try to shame, threaten and cajole a sovereign nation.
If you're friend snubs you it's understandable to be upset, but grownups don't take their toys and storm home. That's for children...and Republican Presidents.