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02-04-2009, 10:00 AM
The President of Protectionism
Calgary Herald
Published: Tuesday, February 03, 2009

When Canadian officials expressed concern in March 2008 about the anti-free-trade rhetoric emanating from Barack Obama, then vying for the Democratic party's presidential nomination, Canadian consular officials in Chicago were privately told we shouldn't take candidate Obama's words too seriously.

According to a memorandum written by Canadian consular official Joseph DeMora, and later leaked to the Hillary Clinton campaign, Obama staffer Austan Goolsbee tried to reassure our diplomats. They informed the Canadian officials that "this messaging should not be taken out of context and should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans."

It is 11 months later and the candidate is now the American president -- which is why recent plans by his allies in the American Congress to encourage Americans to "Buy U.S. A." and for plans to impose tariffs on steel imports concerns us; it is evidence that the rhetoric from last March is not just rhetoric. Problematically for Canada, Obama's party, the Democrats, have an overwhelming majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate and heavily lean to protectionism as economic policy.

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02-04-2009, 10:05 AM
Obama sends diplomat to Davos to quell trade outrage

"In Davos, leaders and ministers from a score of big trading countries, including Britain, Germany, China, Russia and India, said playing favourites with the tens of billions of dollars that governments are spending to fight the global recession will only start a trade war, exacerbating the present situation."