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Carolina-Canada Connections

June 28, 2018

Carolina-Canada Connections — Vol. 10, No. 7

Special Mid-Summer, Pre-Holiday Edition

A monthly outreach to our friends in Canada

Before You Cottage

The 100 degree, 100 percent humidity down here is a powerful reminder that folks up there are now likewise also in the throes of summertime.  We say, good on ya!

With that in mind (and knowing much of Canada is about to hit the cottage for the next few weeks) Team Wilkins wants to take the time now to wish all y’all a very happy Canada Day and a safe and peaceful summer season.

And with the Canada Day-US Independence Day holidays celebrated so closely together, we especially want to thank and praise our military heroes in both countries.  We are free only because of their service and sacrifice. May God keep all of them and their families safely in His grip. 

Wilkins Watch

CAPP on Capitol Hill – Your former US Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, started his week in Washington, DC where he welcomed members of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) for a number of meetings on and around Capitol Hill. 

It was great to visit with a number of folks especially the always uber-informed Laura Dawson of the Wilson Center. 

Last week, Wilkins jump started his week in Toronto for meetings of the Mattamy Homes Board. 

Discussing Diplomacy in Dallas – From Toronto, he flew on down to Dallas, Texas where he was privileged to participate on a very distinguished panel at the George W. Bush Presidential Center tasked with discussing The Role of American Diplomacy Today.

About 225 people attended the off-the-record chat where open remarks were made by none other than former President George W. Bush.  

Following the president’s remarks, a panel moderated by Jeanne L. Phillips who was the ambassador of the US to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (2001-2003) took a deep dive into the changing face of international diplomacy.  Panelists included former US Ambassador to the UN John Negroponte; former US Ambassador to the European Union Kristen Silverberg and your former US Ambassador to Canada.   

Wilkins also enjoyed seeing many old friends including former Bush Commerce Secretary Don Evans; former Bush White House Communications Director Karen Hughes, and of course the president and former First Lady Laura Bush

They Said What?

  • "Without a doubt the images, and the reality, from 2014, just like 2018, are not pretty.  We expanded it, I freely admit it was controversial, we believed it was necessary at the time, I still believe it is necessary to remain a certain capability for families,” – Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admitting the Obama administration detained children at the border while highlighting the dramatic difference in the level of scrutiny Trump is now receiving as compared to how Obama was treated by the media and his supporters.    
  • “…Peter Fonda sent out a series of tweets this week, calling for Barron Trump to be ripped from his mother and put in a cage with pedophiles, then he went after Sarah Sanders and Kirstjen Nielsen tweeting that Sanders’ kids should be taken from her and Nielsen should be put in a cage, stripped naked, and whipped publicly with it filmed for posterity.  Paging #MeToo.  Just curious, if Peter Fonda walked into The Red Hen would he be asked to leave because his tweets don’t meet the ‘certain standards’ they have to uphold as a restaurant?  Asking for a friend,” – online oped by Lauren DeBellis Appell, a freelance writer in Fairfax, Virginia, who was deputy press secretary for then-Senator Rick Santorum, (R-PA) on the targeting of Trump administration officials in the wake of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her family being kicked out of a Virginia restaurant by an anti-Trump manager.   
  • “If you vote for Trump, then you, the voter, you not Donald Trump, are standing at the border like Nazis go, ‘You here, you here,’ and I think we now have to flip it and it's a given the evilness of Donald Trump, so that if you vote, you can no longer separate yourself,” – MSNBC host Donny Deutsch accusing half of American voters of being “Nazis” on his network.
  • “That is the next step. Everyone is a Nazi. Now, remember, once you brand someone as evil that allows for any or all behavior. You can show up at people's homes because they are Nazis, you can threaten their kids because they're Nazis. You could shoot Congressmen because they are Nazis. Funny, the people shouting "Nazi" do a great job impersonating them. If Donnie Deutsche got any dumber he would be two Donnie Deutsches,” – FOX News’ Greg Gutfeld responding to MSNBC’s Deutsch and reminding viewers that one year ago a leftwing gunman on the hunt for exclusively Republican and conservative lawmakers opened fire on a group of them training for a Congressional baseball game, leaving one fighting for his life and wounding several others. 
  • “I don’t know why they picked on the attorney general from Florida. I don’t like her or her political positions but she has a right to travel and be around without being harassed.  We’re limiting real conversation and discussion in this country and it’s a problem,” – Former Pennsylvania Democrat Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski on the increasing and aggressive tactics to confront and shutdown Trump officials and conservative politicians off hours and at their homes as quoted by Politico.

Last Take

Wilkins With the Win – Our Ottawa friends well remember that David and Susan Wilkins spent their last summer in your beloved city waiting on the arrival of their beloved grandbabies – twins Whit and Clary – born in June 2008.   

Flash forward to 2018 and the twins are still most beloved and quite the little personalities.  Meanwhile, their dad, Major Robert Wilkins, is serving our country right now on duty overseas attached to the South Carolina National Guard. 

So when a big Father-Son tennis tournament came up last month in Greenville, SC, David stepped in for Robert and partnered up with 10-year-old Whit to take on the other dynamic dad-son duos!

Let’s just say Whit takes after his grandad (read: losing is never, ever an option "Big Dave") and the two went on to win their division and score some pretty cool hardware. 

Dynamic duo!  Tennis buddies – and winners! – Whit and David Wilkins!

Word has it that Whit is already planning on winning next year’s competition and has a spot cleared on his shelf for that trophy – a chip off the ol' Big Dave block!