We demand Yankee neo-imperialism!

Who cares about Canadian sovereignty anyway? Not our lefties and greeniacs–many so-called Canadian “nationalists”–who want the Obama administration effectively to control an important Canadian policy:

Green jobs, yes we can. Tar sands, no we can’t.
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
In your discussions with the Canadian government, we encourage you to raise concerns over the environmental and social problems associated with tar sands production and make no exemption for the tar sands in any binational agreement addressing climate change.
The undersigned.
Farley Mowat
Elizabeth May
Gerald Caplan
Jack Layton
Linda McQuaig
Maude Barlow
Mel Watkins
Greenpeace Canada
Sierra Club Canada
Rideau Institute
Polaris Institute

Also, naturally:

Greenpeace activists scaled a bridge in the Canadian capital on Wednesday [Feb. 18] and unfurled two large banners urging U.S. President Barack Obama to take a tough stand on Canada’s huge oil sands when he visits on Thursday.
“Climate Leaders Don’t Buy Tar Sands” read one of the banners, which faced toward Parliament…

On the other hand, imagine the reaction had this happened: when Jean Chrétien was prime minister prominent Canadian conservatives and free-marketers suggest the Bush administration do its best to force Canada to establish an open border with the US, to facilitate trade–along with the two countries’ adopting a common external border with the same entry requirements and procedures (à la EU, with a few exceptions)–to keep out terrorists and extremists. Hah!
Mark C.

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