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‘We’re in uncharted waters’: public personal attacks unprecedented in Canada-U.S. relationship, say ex-ambassadors to Washington, Ottawa

By Neil Moss      

Several ex-U.S. envoys say the current ambassador, Kelly Craft, is in a tougher spot than they were, and at least one Canadian is emailing with her to provide support.

Ten Canadian former ambassadors to the U.S. and U.S. ambassadors to Canada are speaking out about what many say is an unprecedented time in bilateral trade ties. From top left, clockwise: Americans Bruce Heyman (2014-17) and Peter Teeley (1992-93); Canadians Michael Kergin (2000-05), Michael Wilson (2006-09), and Raymond Chrétien (1994-2000); Americans Kenneth Curtis (1979-81), James Blanchard (1993-96), and Gordon Giffin (1997-2001); and Canadians Frank McKenna (2005-06), and Allan Gotlieb (1981-89). The Hill Times file photographs and courtesy of Michigan State University/Harley J Seeley Photography, Christian Children’s Fund, Gordon Giffin, and Kenneth Curtis

Stunning,” “craziness,” “terribly insulting,” “disturbing,” “disappointing,” “inappropriate”: these are just some of the descriptions 10 former ambassadors to the United States and Canada are using to describe the events of the past few weeks in the Canada-U.S. relationship.

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