Meanwhile, ALPF sent me this Globe and Mail story:
The apparent front-runner to be the next U.S. ambassador to Canada knows President George W. Bush extremely well, but relatively little about his neighbour to the north.Comments?
David Wilkins, a 58-year-old former lawyer and long-time Speaker of the South Carolina legislature, is the U.S. President's pick to replace the departed Paul Cellucci, according to published reports in his home state.
The job would be a reward for nearly two decades of political spade-work in South Carolina -- first for Mr. Bush's father, George H. W. Bush, and then for the current President.
Mr. Wilkins has spent weekends with his family at Camp David, the U.S. presidential retreat in Thurmont, Md., and attended White House Christmas parties. He has also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mr. Bush's two presidential runs, and was a key architect of the President's big electoral wins in the state -- in the 2000 primary, the 2000 presidential election and last November as the Bush-Cheney state campaign chairman.
In a follow-up to the quality of life survey I wrote about earlier, ALPF has pointed out another study showing Canadians to be very happy with their lot:
Many Canadians are content with the current state of affairs, according to a poll by Léger Marketing. 54 per cent of respondents say they are very happy, and 42 per cent are somewhat happy.I haven't found the US equivalent yet. But I'm looking forward to adding to those Canadian numbers!
In last year’s United Nations (UN) Human Development Survey, Canada was listed as the fourth best country in the world to live in. Norway, Sweden and Australia held the top three spots. Canada currently has the highest life expectancy in the world at 79 years.