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Friday, June 20, 2008 

McCain Uses Canada As Political 'Prop' In US Presidential Campaign

"Why would he want to come here other than use Canada as a stage to talk about NAFTA and to create a wedge on it with Obama?"
Paul Dewar
New Democrat MP

When Republican hopeful John McCain walks into the ballroom of the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa today, he won't be there to win votes from the assembled crowd. No, he hopes to win votes back home over an issue that he believes could be problematic for his rival, Barrack Obama.

The optics of taking a presidential campaign to a foreign nation might just allow McCain's spin doctors to rub Obama's nose in negative comments he made concerning the North American Free Trade agreement during the US primaries.

You can bet that McCain will find a warm greeting from the assembled Canadian Right Wing establishment. Canadian Conservatives, by and large still think that Bush's foreign policy is sound and simply cannot understand why Americans are rejecting him. They do not represent the opinion of most Canadians who find Bush an incompetent and misguided leader. So much so, that Canada's Conservative Prime Minister has cautioned his Members of Parliament and staff to avoid the McCain luncheon lest his political opponents try to focus on connections between American Republicans and Canadian Conservatives.

John McCain is using an entire nation as a political prop. Hopefully, his opponents south of the border call it what it is.
Ottawa Sun

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