(Alexander Panetta – Canadian Press)
The elder statesman among all former Canadian ambassadors to the United States says he’s never seen the relationship between the two governments quite this cool.
When it comes to Canada-U.S. relations, Allan Gotlieb has a unique vantage point. It’s not just that his tenure in Washington goes farther back than any other living U.S. ambassador. It’s that his own time in D.C. straddled two distinct eras – the depth of the Trudeau-Reagan relationship to the height of the Mulroney-Reagan-Bush bond that culminated in a free-trade pact.
What he sees now is a relationship that’s neither at its best, or worst, just most distant. “I think the relationship is as cool as I ever remember,” said the 86-year-old ex-diplomat, who wrote a pair of books about his Washington posting between 1981-89. “I can’t speak for the Diefenbaker era, I wasn’t at the foreign ministry then. But it’s as cool as I remember.” Click here to read more.