It is a mark of how much Canada has changed under Stephen Harper that the Liberals are offering to improve Ottawa’s frosty relationship with Washington. “Our relationship with the U.S. is worse than it was a decade ago,” Justin Trudeau told a luncheon audience in Ottawa last week “This has to change if we want to ensure prosperity for all Canadians.”
This is not what voters normally hear from aspiring prime ministers — certainly not Liberal contenders. They typically promise a respectful — but not subservient — relationship with Canada’s giant neighbour. They pledge not to sacrifice the nation’s sovereignty for financial gain.
Over the last half century, the personal chemistry between Canadian prime ministers and American presidents h