- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 6, 2003

Canada worried
Canadian Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew is worried about what he fears is a rising tide of anti-Americanism.
"I'm hearing a lot of things about the United States, … a lot of anti-Americanism, stronger than I've heard in the past, and that worries me a great deal," he told guests at the Woodrow Wilson International Center this week.
Mr. Pettigrew said he tries to defend the United States in his conversations with other foreign officials.
"The United States has a predominance that is absolutely unequaled in history and, therefore, the responsibility that goes with that," he said. "I have been advocating very strongly wherever I go in Europe or elsewhere that the United States is a country where that reconciliation can absolutely take place."
He noted the "remarkable shifts" after September 11 when "firefighters became heroes" and "some corporate icons who have been crooked for decades were sent to jail."
Mr. Pettigrew visited Washington this week to promote U.S.-Canada Partnership Day at the Capitol yesterday and, of course, to talk about trade.
He underscored his credentials as both a member of the ruling Liberal Party and a liberal in the classic European economic sense regarding free markets.
"I am very concerned with the fact that liberalism that philosophy and that ideology that has been at the heart of modernity … that has brought the miracle of development is still the exception on the planet," he said.
Mr. Pettigrew believes Canada can serve as a model for liberalism in the 21st century. He noted that Canada is a country that rejected the traditional form of a nation-state and developed with two main cultures and two main languages to reflect its English- and French-speaking populations.
"The fact that Canada rejected the traditional model of the nation-state in my view is a very significant and interesting element for the future of liberalism in the 21st century," Mr. Pettigrew said.
"In Canada, there would not be only one language, one religion, one culture, one legal system. The country would try to accommodate the minority, the French-speaking minority. We ended up having two national languages. We ended up having two legal systems."
He explained that the French-speaking province of Quebec follows the Napoleonic Code, while the rest of Canada bases its legal system on English common law.
"These characteristics are, in my view, absolutely at the heart of the Canadian country and the Canadian political project, which makes it a very original country and one that will see world globalization as something to contribute to in terms of models of relationship between communities," he said.

Arms sales to India
The United States is developing strong military relations with India, a country banned from U.S. weapons sales in 1998 after India conducted a nuclear-arms test, the U.S. ambassador to India said yesterday.
Ambassador Robert Blackwill, speaking at the opening of the U.S. pavilion at the Indian air show in Bangalore, noted that since President Bush lifted the sanctions in 2001, U.S. military sales to India "jumped from near zero" to more than $190 million today.
"Indian and American democratic principles a common respect for individual freedom, the rule of law, the importance of civil society and peaceful state-to-state relations bind us, and our overlapping vital national interests promoting peace and freedom in Asia, combating international terrorism and slowing the spread of weapons of mass destruction give concrete purpose to our military-to-military assistance and to our defense sales," Mr. Blackwill said.
He noted that President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee have "given historic impulse to our efforts at building a closer relationship in all fields of bilateral interaction."
Mr. Blackwill promised that the United States will be a "reliable provider" of arms and other defense items.
"While joint exercises, reciprocal visits and bilateral exchanges are key building blocks for future interoperability, we believe that India also naturally views U.S. defense sales as a way of increasing its access to the best weapons systems and defense technologies available on the international market," he said.

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