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Carolina-Canada Connections

May 30, 2019

Carolina-Canada Connections — Vol. 10, No. 16

A monthly outreach to our friends in Canada

Moe Moves on DC

David Wilkins and the team were honored to host Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe in Washington, DC the week of May 20.

Premier Moe and David Wilkins enjoy a Capitol day. 

Premier Moe was in the US capital city visiting with various movers and shakers in and around Capitol Hill.  Moe had a full slate of meetings over two days with several lawmakers including Senator Jon Tester representing the border state of Montana, as well as Tester’s colleague, Congressman Greg Gianforte

Premier Moe and Wilkins visit with the number 3 Democrat in the House and Chief Majority Whip, James Clyburn (D-SC). 

Moe met with other Congressional leaders including the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) who chairs the House Agriculture Committee. 

Premier Moe addressed key energy and trade issues with US officials. 

Raising the Roof

The week before Premier Moe’s visit, Team Wilkins was just as busy in our nation’s capital. 

Loyal CCC readers are well aware that every May, Nelson Mullins hosts one of the must-attend events of the year.  The annual rooftop cocktail party at the Firm’s DC digs attracts more than 500 VIPs for the perfectly perched party at 101 Constitution – overlooking the US Capitol. 

The glorious view of Capitol Hill atop the Nelson Mullins rooftop at 101 Constitution. 

Your former US ambassador to Canada never misses a chance to greet guests and welcome old friends and make new ones.

Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe; House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy; David Wilkins and former Congressman (turned Nelson Mullins attorney) Trey Gowdy enjoy the picture-perfect weather atop the Nelson Mullins roof. 

South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan and David Wilkins enjoy a rooftop catch up.

A surprise guest!  Rod Rosenstein, former US Deputy Attorney General, and a key player in the Russia probe, spotted at the soiree. 

Gitane DeSilva, Alberta’s representative in DC; Wilkins and Nelson Mullins Managing Partner Jim Lehman enjoy a laugh. 

South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn; Wilkins, and former Pennsylvania Congressman and Nelson Mullins supreme team member Ron Klink, swap political stories. 

David Wilkins and longtime SC Congressman, Joe Wilson.

Canada’s DC Digs  

Before the big rooftop, Wilkins was proud to participate in a breakfast briefing at the Canadian Embassy – a stone’s throw away from Nelson Mullins DC digs – where he offered comments on the urgency to advocate for removal of the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs. 

Nelson Mullins partner Glenn Cooper was there with a group from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to receive the briefing.  It was great to visit with Consul General of Canada in Miami Susan Harper, as well as Carrie Goodge O’Brien, the Canada Embassy Trade Policy Counsellor. 

Dapper Dill:  All-American

Acting on behalf of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, David Wilkins was privileged last month to present our state’s highest honor – The Order of the Palmetto – to Bob Dill

US Army Veteran and longtime newspaperman Bob Dill receives high praise and the state’s highest award presented to him on behalf of the governor by David Wilkins.

The ceremony was held at the American Legion Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. Post 214.    

Bob Dill's military service included assignments in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Hawaii, Washington D.C., Germany, Korea, and Vietnam.  He served various assignments including Commander of a Tank unit in Germany and control of nuclear weapons in the CWPAC Airborne Command Post in the Pacific, reorganizing and placing under central management 138 Army Commissary Stores with more than 10,000 employees worldwide as well as directing the organization for six years. 

Dill's military honors include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Services Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal and Air Crewman Wings.

In May 1994, Colonel Dill founded "The Times Examiner" a weekly Upstate South Carolina newspaper and has served as Publisher and Editor in Chief since that time.

Stay Tuned for SEUS-CP

Team Wilkins is looking forward to heading to magnificent Montreal June 2-4 for the 12th annual Southeastern United States–Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) conference. 

It is a homecoming of sorts for Wilkins as he was US ambassador and serving in Ottawa when SEUS-CP was founded with the signing of a joint declaration by six southeastern US states and seven Canadian provinces at the very first conference held in Montreal back in 2007. 

SEUS-CP defines itself as an economic forum dedicated to increasing trade; promoting bilateral investments and stimulating technological and scientific exchanges.

The six member states are Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.  The seven Canadian provinces are Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.  Members meet annually at a conference held alternately in Canada and the United States.

“Intelligent mobility” is the focus of this year’s event.  We encourage businesses and leaders on both sides of the border to attend! 

See all y’all there!

They Said What?

  • “The reality was that, while Russia dangled the bait, no one from the Trump campaign or anyone else took it. Those findings stand as a refreshing testament to the character of our people and the sanctity of the election.  So, hide your head in shame, Hillary Clinton. You started the false charge of collusion because you couldn’t accept defeat, and now your name will be synonymous with the most destructive hoax in American history,” – New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin writing after release of the Mueller Report. 
     
  • "Now, I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you on this matter.  I am making that decision myself, no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter. There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report," – Special Counsel Robert Mueller in “final” remarks Wednesday morning announcing the closing down of the Special Counsel office and Russia probe.   
     
  • "Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so,” – House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), following Mueller’s official remarks, announcing Democrats will continue to pursue the president.
     
  • "Every time we have tried to get information on the Russia hoax, the Left as well as the media and their leakers claimed it would devastate national security.  Now we hear the same argument from the same reporters, leakers, and leftists, even though all their previous doomsday warnings proved false. These people simply use national security as a false justification to hide information that would reveal their abuses. ‘Democracy dies in darkness’,” -- Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), as reported by the Washington Examiner, taking a shot at the mantle of the Washington Post and other media for ignoring alleged government abuses regarding the Russia probe.    
     
  • “If it is proven, and if the Obama White House was directly involved, as some FBI texts plainly say, the scandal would be one of the biggest in American history.  How big? Big enough that major news organizations, which always favor transparency (“Democracy Dies in Darkness”), are now deeply troubled by the release of any secret documents. They know the stakes are too high and transparency too dangerous for their side, politically,” – Professor Charles Lipson of the University of Chicago, writing about the Russia probe. 

Last Take:  No Dingers for Dave!

Some of the biggest names in Clemson Championship football were among those on hand who put down the pigskin to wait on the perfect pitch!    

The big switcheroo went down April 15, when Clemson greats like head football coach Dabo Swinney teamed up for the 2nd Annual Clemson Celebrity Softball Game played at Greenville’s Fluor Field.

Famous Clemson coaches, supporters and fans team up for charity!

The big game was hosted by the Greenville Clemson Club and proceeds went to a bevy of great causes and charities including scholarship funds, the Greenville County Children's Museum, and various athletic, community and wellness programs and projects.

Big Dave steps up to the plate.

Big Dave Wilkins was lookin’ for a dinger playing on Dabo’s Orange Team.  While it didn’t quite work out that way, Wilkins was a big hit with fans!  Other special celebrity guest players included Clemson’s first softball coach John Rittman; head baseball coach Monte Lee, and rock star Clemson athletes including Travis Blanks, Patrick Sapp, Eric Mac Lain, Michael Allen, Rashad Hall, James Trapp, CJ Spiller, Robert Smith and more.