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August 24, 2017
Weekly Washington Wrap
Today your former US ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, is in Washington where he met with Canada’s Ambassador to the US, David MacNaughton, and other provincial envoys working the softwood lumber file. (Editor’s note: Savvy CCC readers know that Wilkins represents New Brunswick in its softwood lumber doings.) The other provincial envoys include David Emerson, representing British Columbia; Jim Peterson, representing Ontario; Raymond Chrétien, representing Quebec, and Gary Doer, representing Alberta. Following the meeting at the picturesque Canadian embassy in DC, the leaders held a news conference to discuss the critical importance of reaching a new SLA deal.
By the way, if you think the US and Canada have been going round and round about softwood lumber for what seems like centuries – you’d be right! A little historical gem Team Wilkins learned about while attending last month’s Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) conference in Portland, Oregon came by way of the Charge d’Affairs of US Embassy Ottawa Elizabeth Aubin.
Aubin told the PNWER crowd that if you look closely at a photo of President Abraham Lincoln giving his now very famous Gettysburg Address in 1863, you will see a Canadian diplomat amongst the crowd. Turns out the Canadian was there not so much to hear what would go down as one of the most epic speeches in all of history, but rather to catch a sidebar discussion with the President following his remarks. He hoped the two could reach some accord on that nagging softwood lumber issue!
Okay all you wild and crazy Canadian Clemson Tiger fans (all tens and tens of you!!) We know it seems like years (read: maybe two days?) since you’ve read about Clemson football here in your Carolina Canada Connections. But we (read: David Wilkins) are champing at the bit to let you know that last year’s National Championship football team (that would be Clemson) is ranked #5 in the country pre-season.
And when does that glorious season start? Why, we’re glad you asked.
The Clemson Tigers get to work defending their national title on Saturday, September 2 with a home game against Kent State.
So in honor of looking ahead to that, we’ll throw it back to this – one of our favorite pics from a few years back.
David, Robert, Clary and Whit Wilkins are wearing purple in honor of the US military
and always showing their Tiger pride!
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