Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trump-Cda-Ambassadors

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trump-Cda-Ambassadors

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A pair of former American ambassadors to Canada have criticized what they call unhelpful and counter-productive remarks from U-S President Donald Trump.

Barack Obama's last envoy to Ottawa says publicly wailing about grievances actually makes it harder to resolve all the inevitable, routine trade irritants that pop up in an annual bilateral relationship worth 841-billion dollars.

Bruce Heyman says the risk of taking public pot-shots is a tit-for-tat scenario.

He says the other side feels a need to respond and then there's a counter-response and an escalation thereafter, so that countries are settling scores rather than solving problems.

Heyman told a panel in Detroit that words matter and the words that have been used have been unfortunate and have not been constructive. …

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