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Good-bye, Obama: Canada’s strange, lopsided relationship with the U.S. marches on

By Les Whittington      

President Barack Obama's sunny language about ties with Canada doesn't reflect reality when it comes to issues like trade or guns.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's warm public relationship isn't the only thing to consider when evaluating the state of Canada-U.S. ties. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

BaLast I heard, they were still in court in New Orleans arguing about whether it was legal or not to sell margaritas to drivers in Louisiana's drive-through booze outlets. The case had to do with whether the take-out alcoholic drinks had tape around the lids, which in the eyes of proponents of the business constituted an acceptable restraint. It’s nearly impossible to overstate the importance of rights and individual freedoms, given the enduring propensity of the human race

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