Calling the bull
It's a shame David Wilkins is so polite.
The ambassador punched into the campaign using an iron fist in a velvet diplomat's glove to scold Prime Minister Paul Martin for America-bashing.
Last week, Martin chided the White House for lacking a global conscience on climate change. He has also been slamming Washington for maintaining punishing duties on softwood lumber despite a final trade ruling in Canada's favour.
Wilkins was careful not to mention Martin by name, but the rebuke was crystal clear.
"It may be smart election-year politics to thump your chest and constantly criticize your friend and your No. 1 trading partner," he said in a speech to the Canadian Club in Ottawa.
"But it is a slippery slope and all of us should hope that it doesn't have a long-term impact on the relationship.
"It's a toxic attitude that I fear can't help but hurt the relationship unless all of us make a concerted effort to simply tone it down."
Martin, on the campaign trail in Surrey, B.C., denied bashing America to bolster his re-election bid.
Translation from diplomatese: Paulie baby, shut the bleep up or you're gonna pay a price.
Further translation: Paulie baby, when you honor your commitments to Kyoto, then you can talk.
Want some more? Paulie baby, when you quit piggybacking on our military for your own defence, then talk to me. Otherwise, you lying sack of dung, stifle, dingbat.
UPDATE: On a recent post I did on this topic, I've developed an anonymous troll who quite likely is a Canadian government employee in Mexico City. Four comments from the same site within a matter of minutes. (Unless, of course, it's the likes of Robbo rerouting his link to cover his tracks). Go have fun with him.