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Via thebitterguy, a news report on a recent outburst of (admittedly) passive Canada-bashing by the United States’ Republican Party.

A Republican attack ad stirring controversy in the U.S. mid-term elections does a drive-by smear on Canada, suggesting America’s northern neighbour is a do-nothing country on world affairs.

The television ad has sparked denunciations from both the Democratic candidate it targets and the Republican candidate it is designed to help.

Produced by the Republican National Committee, the ”man on the street” ad features a hefty man wearing suspenders and a ball cap, commenting sarcastically on his view of Democratic foreign policy.

”Let Canada take care of North Korea. They’re not busy,” the man says.

[. . .]

Just how Canada got caught up in the mid-term mudslinging remains a mystery. The Republican National Committee did not respond to calls from CanWest News Service.

But the ad fosters stereotypes about Canada’s engagement in international affairs that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has tried hard to dispel.

Earlier this year, the Canadian Embassy in Washington mounted an advertising campaign highlighting Canada’s role as America’s ally in Afghanistan, where 43 Canadians have died since 2002.

David Wilkins, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, voiced outrage in the last federal election campaign when the Liberal party criticized President George W. Bush.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 25, 2006 at 2:40 pm

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