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Carolina-Canada Connections

February 28, 2019

Carolina-Canada Connections — Vol. 10, No. 14

A monthly outreach to our friends in Canada

Wilkins Watch  

Premier Event

Team Wilkins was proud to welcome three of Canada’s top leaders to our Nelson Mullins DC office earlier this month.  Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs were the stars of an informative breakfast panel discussion jointly hosted by Nelson Mullins, POLITICOPro and the Council of the Federation.

Your former US ambassador to Canada David Wilkins made introductory remarks and the conversation was moderated by POLITICOPro Canada's Luiza Ch. Savage, Alexander Panetta and Lauren Gardner.

The PoliticoPro Premier panel is introduced by your former US Ambassador to Canada. 

Pitching Provincial – State Bonds

The three Premiers were in Washington, DC attending meetings with their US counterparts at the annual National Governors Association Winter Meeting. 

Up on the roof.  Premiers Ford, Moe & Higgs catch a snap atop the picturesque Nelson Mullins rooftop overlooking Capitol Hill alongside David Wilkins.

Chamber Award

This month, David Wilkins was thrilled to receive the Greenville County, SC Chamber of Commerce 2018 Chairman’s Award.  He was a co-recipient with Judge Merl Code.  Specifically, Wilkins, a former member of the chamber, lifelong resident of Greenville and 25-year member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, was honored for his dedication to the Upstate, state and nation and his leadership in lending his voice to amplify the Chamber’s advocacy efforts.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster was the special speaker as the Greenville Chamber held its 130th Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Greenville Convention Center.

“I was proud to be a member of the Greenville Chamber team and know that no matter where my career and travels have taken me, one of the greatest blessings of my life is to call Greenville, SC home.  So to be recognized for advocating on behalf of a community that has given me so much is extra special and is truly humbling,” Wilkins said in receiving the award.   

Tigers in Town!

Next to a championship win, what could be better for David Wilkins than combining his love of Clemson football along with his fondness for the South Carolina General Assembly – the place he called his political and policy home for more than two decades before heading up to Ottawa in 2005 to become US ambassador.

So, yup, the annual Clemson Day at the State House is pretty awesome!

To coin a phrase, Wilkins is “All In!” every Clemson Day when the University Board of Trustees, along with Clemson bigshots like its President Jim Clements, the Clemson Tiger, cheerleaders and an assortment of Clemson fans and key staff all gather at Columbia’s historic State House to celebrate the obvious – all things Clemson University – and to thank lawmakers for their support.    

Speak Easy:  Former Speaker David Wilkins enjoys a good laugh with current Speaker Jay Lucas on Clemson Day at the State House. (Special thanks to our friend Sam Holland for Clemson Day photos).

Of course, in the wake of yet another NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP win, the Tigers head football coach Dabo Swinney was invited for the second time (y’all remember that Clemson also won it all in 2016) to deliver remarks to a joint session of the General Assembly. 

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney wows the room full of elected leaders.

Swinney received four standing ovations throughout his speech where he used the coming together of his diverse 2018 championship team in the face of great adversity to urge lawmakers to strive for unity. 

Hearts Filled with Hope

Another annual event the entire Wilkins family really enjoys is the Upstate Heart Ball benefitting the American Heart Association.    The big soiree always raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for this wonderful cause and brings together Upstate South Carolina’s movers and shakers. 

This year however was extra special because it was the first time that David and Susan’s oldest son, James, attended with his beautiful new bride, Mrs. Hope Wilkins

Full Hearts:  Robert, Stephanie, Hope, James, Susan and David Wilkins. 

They Said What?

  • “On Tuesday Mr. Trump enlarged the public's idea of himself and his presidency, and in proportion diminished his enemies. That was his most effective stroke on Tuesday night: to make the left seem to be lost in irrelevant obsessions and guilty of misinterpreting --falsifying -- America and its values…The president played a sly game of trapping his antagonists into applauding when they would have wished to sit on their hands or jeer. The white-clad vestal brigade of new Democratic congresswomen, including that one from Michigan who'd proclaimed her intention to "impeach the m----- f-----," were seen turning to one another in confusion and trying to decide whether they would look worse applauding or sitting still,” – Lance Morrow, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a former essayist for Time, writing in The Wall Street Journal after the President’s State of the Union Address under the headline:  The Longest Day for Trump's Adversaries.
  • "The one potential problem that I thought Michael Cohen has is when he was asked if he wanted a job in the White House, and he said no.  Our reporting, I know, Pam, you have been told and I have been told, all of us, by people in and around the process real time, he very much wanted a job in the White House," – CNN correspondent Dana Bash in a CNN panel discussion covering the questionable testimony of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen (who is on his way to prison for lying to Congress) before the House Oversight Committee.
  • “Everywhere I go, people tell me they have lost faith in journalism. It comes from all people, all walks of life and all political stripes.  Frankly, I don’t blame them. Responsibility for this begins with us.  It is a fact that the vast majority of journalists in this country are registered Democrats. The colleges we come from are similarly dominated by one political ideology. This matters today because the reporting has become so one-sided. As we try to figure out why people have lost faith in our profession, let’s start by being honest about who we are,” – journalist and former 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan on media bias and low standards in journalism writing in the New York Post. 
  • "There’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult, and it does lead, I think, young people, to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?" – New York Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on Instagram Live Sunday. 
  • "The games they are playing here will have no meaning. This is not a debate. It's a diversion. It's a sham," – New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer slamming his GOP Senate counterpart for forcing a vote on the Democrat’s controversial “Green New Deal” pitched by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

Last Take

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Meyers!

Our own Justin Meyers tied the knot DC-style to the beautiful Lindsay Robbins on February 17.  A grand celebration was held at the Pavilion at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Susan & David Wilkins celebrate the new Mr. and Mrs. Meyers at a sparkling capital city party.

CCC readers know Justin is a great Canadian living and working in Washington, DC who is an instrumental member of the Wilkins team.