Trilateral Meeting in Wakefield: Canada, Mexico and the USA

Powerplay with Don Martin, Monday, December 13, 2010 Colin Robertson, former diplomat and MaryScott Greenwood of Mckenna Long and Aldridge, discuss the foreign affairs ministers meetings. Robertson says the meeting only touched upon issue regarding Haiti, but none of the big trilateral issues were discussed.

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Canada US Security and Economic Perimeter Deal?

Excerpted from National Post December 9, 2010 Pact with US to create N.American ‘perimeter’ BY JOHN IVISON

Colin Robertson, a senior research fellow with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, said the agreement is an attempt by the Canadian government to link security to improved access to the United States for Canadians.

“‘Perimeter’ is a vital word because back in the Chrétien government days we couldn’t use it because we would get caught up in the sovereignty allergy we too often have,” he said. “It makes a lot of sense.”

Mr. Robertson said that increased integration could impact areas such as immigration and refugee policy, but was unlikely to lead to a European Union-style agreement. “Economic union would mean a common currency and, over the last couple of years, it has been definitively proven that we are far better off with our own currency,” he said.

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Wikileaks, Afghanistan and Ambassador Crosbie

Excerpted from CTV News Thursday Dec. 2, 2010

Canadian envoy reportedly offers to resign over leak

A report in Thursday’s Globe and Mail indicates that William Crosbie, Canada’s ambassador to Afghanistan, has written to Ottawa to say he is concerned about what may come out on the WikiLeaks website.

The newspaper reports that Crosbie has seen a copy of a memo that will appear on WikiLeaks that quotes him criticizing Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Crosbie has reportedly offered to resign his position in order to preserve the delicate relationship Ottawa holds with the Kabul government, according to the Globe report.

Former diplomat Colin Robertson said it is the right move for Crosbie to step down if the memo will be as damaging as he predicts.

“He’s the senior diplomat who presumably has had the respect of President Karzai and when he’s alerting the Canadian government, he’s saying: ‘Look, this relationship could be in jeopardy, so we’ll have to take stock over the coming days depending on what comes out,'” Robertson told CTV’s Canada AM from Ottawa on Thursday morning.

From CTV News Wednesday, December 1

As the leaks continue, more details about cables involving Canada are emerging. A former Canadian diplomat discusses the impact this is having on the country. He says Canada’s relationship with the U.S. is secure, but there may be some hiccups along the way.

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