Tuesday, March 22, 2005

So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehn, good night...

Courtesy of Rick Mercer's Monday Report, Canada bids Adieu to Paul Celluci.


  • I'm a little irritated, to be honest, with all the nastiness that's been directed at Cellucci over the past few years. I think the man has done a damn fine job representing his government's positions here. The fact that those positions are unpopular here is being held against him, and that's ridiculous.

    Living in Ottawa, I've seen Cellucci be a part of the diplomatic community here. Believe it or not, he's a gentleman. If all of the diplomats here had the same respect for Canadians (and Ottawa in particular), it would be terrific.

    By Blogger JoshP, at 9:00 a.m.  

  • He's going to work for Magna Entertainment (http://www.magnaent.com/) which is owned by Frank Stronach and based in Toronto. It's a good place for him to be as the company needs someone with political ties to get more expanded gaming onsite at racetracks.

    By Blogger Bemused, at 11:36 a.m.  

  • Representing your country's positions is one thing: Doing so in public and berating the country you're posted to is quite another.

    Do you know of any other ambassador that has left with so much hostility and gotten a Rick Mercer type sendoff like that?

    As the end of the skit says, "Good Luck being obnoxious in the private sector"

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 3:07 p.m.  

  • Cellucci never berated Canada. He berated the policy decisions of the Canadian government, which is perfectly legitimate.

    And quite frankly, I'd rather see diplomats be open to the public in this way; why should Canadian citizens be so afraid to hear (horror of horrors!) someone else's perspective on international affairs?

    By Blogger JoshP, at 5:29 p.m.  

  • Oh, and yes, there is another diplomat who got a harsher sendoff. He killed a lawyer while drunk driving.

    By Blogger JoshP, at 5:30 p.m.  

  • Josh; You have to admit Celluci was fairly condesending towards Canadians with respect to a lot of issues. If Frank McKenna decided to give the US a lecture on how to run their country every month, you just know that he'd take a lot of flak over it.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 5:35 p.m.  

  • What bugged me was not the content, it was the tone. if you can't get a diplomatic and friendly tone from an ambassador who can you get it from? there are a few little countries in the world that are run out of the u.s. embassy. maybe cellucci though he was in one of them.

    i also think that if frank mckenna acted this way he would be sent home fairly quickly.

    By Blogger robert mcbean, at 7:27 p.m.  

  • Cellucci spoke on matters that were pertinent to relations between our countries. And I think we can all agree that on a few issues, there have been some sharp disagreements lately.

    The ambassador's job is to advocate for his own country's interests. It is not to pander to local opinion. If we don't like what Cellucci had to do, I suggest we take it up with his former boss.

    By Blogger JoshP, at 11:11 p.m.  

  • An ambassador's job is to forward his government's positions.. but conventionally its to do so behind the scenes.. not having a press conference every other day and telling Canadians how silly they were not bowing to the wisdom of the US and GW Bush.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 3:24 p.m.  

  • Question: Was Cellucci acting out-of-the-ordinary by being public about his criticisms, or do most ambassadors do that and Cellucci's was the only case that got any media attention?

    By Blogger The Invisible Hand, at 8:41 p.m.  

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