Let our Canadian complex for acceptance from our big neighbours continue with the news that President-Elect Barack Obama will make Canada his first official state visit after his inauguration. I just hope we have our house in order.
News of his visit, likely in April, broke this weekend and it even sent the Prime Minister’s office scrambling to see if it was true. The choice for Canada as his first state visit as president is seen as a vote of confidence in our alliance and partnership. Now, if Canadian people only had the confidence in their government that the American people showed in spades with Obama.
In this space we lobbied and endorsed the choice of Obama, he is compelling, he is hope and he has a massive road ahead for both him and his nation. Could a new president have any more challenges on his slate than this guy? Wars. Trillion dollar deficits. An economy in tatters. A nation’s confidence slowly being restored. Ensuring Canada feels good and that we are on his radar, is a small concern for sure for him and was a bigger worry for us.
I hope our government keeps it together in the meantime and gets to governing. Hopefully the coalition yahoos have disappeared and Prime Minister Stephen Harper has cooled his bullying ways.
We are supposed to be Canada. Canada the stable. So will the politicians on Parliament Hill please step out of the sandbox.