Mark Collins – Video: President Obama’s Speech to Canadian Parliament (US has very good dips)

Here it is. The US embassy in Ottawa is clearly on top of the diplomatic game given all the spot-on Canadian references in the address that I strongly suspect only bright and dedicated people on the spot could have provided.

Most good on them.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


3 thoughts on “Mark Collins – Video: President Obama’s Speech to Canadian Parliament (US has very good dips)”

  1. Obama’s “Cdn” comments are indeed spot-on. Two things have to converge to make this possible. The US diplomats who you rightly credit with doing their homework — and the Pres himself. He is not just a good speaker, he is an intuitive speaker and one of the best the US has ever had as President. It also helps that he and JT get along so well.

  2. Defence spending–Pres. Obama, in the nicest possible way, to PM Trudeau: “Pay up”:

    “…when nations violate international rules and norms, such as Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the United States and Canada stand united, along with our allies in defence of our collective security.

    And doing so requires a range of tools, like economic sanctions. But it also requires that we keep our forces ready for 21st century missions and invest in new capabilities. And as your ally and as your friend, let me say that we’ll be more secure when every NATO member, including Canada, contributes its full share to our common security.

    Because the Canadian Armed Forces are really good.

    And if I can borrow a phrase, the world needs more Canada, NATO needs more Canada. We need you. We need you…”

    But fat chance of much money coming:

    Mark Collins

  3. But the president does look like getting a Canadian Army battalion for NATO in Latvia!

    Which won’t leave much for any UN peacekeeping:

    Though some in US administration might consider the NATO mission peacekeeping of a sort.

    Mark Collins

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