The single most important thing that America can do to help Canada is get the American economy stronger so that the Canadian economy can benefit. This was the message from His Excellency David Jacobson, ambassador of the United States to Canada, who spoke at today’s Canadian Club of Ottawa luncheon held at the Chateau Laurier.
I was lucky enough to be there to hear HE Jacobson explain how the US Canada relationship is the strongest, most productive relationship between two countries ever, in the history of civilisation. He tackled three issues:
- income tax issues for American and dual citizens living in Canada
- tax levys at the Port of Seattle and the effect these have on the Vancouver port
- Obama’s job bill and the ‘buy American’ clause
His speech was entertaining and informative. But the highlight for me was the Q&A session where Jacobson was asked who he thought had actually won the War of 1812. He grinned, declared it a tie, and explained that arguing over the war and who won or lost it misses the point. The real lesson of that war, he said, is what happened after it. The US and Canada got over their differences to become the very best of friends, which is unlike many countries who are neighbours and remain sworn enemies for hundreds of years.
By the way, Jacobson is a keen blogger. Read him here.
- Who fought in the war of 1812 with and why did you fight the war of 1812 (wiki.answers.com)