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Graeme MacKay is the Editorial Cartoonist for
Hamilton  -  Ontario  -  Canada
March 23, 2005

President Bush and leaders of Mexico and
Canada promised new cooperation, yet
disagreements over defense, immigration and
trade continued to strain North American
relations.

U.S. relations with Mexico and Canada chilled
early in Bush's first term when neither nation
backed his decision to invade Iraq. Bilateral
disputes festered as the United States focused
on events in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Since becoming President, Canadians seemed
to have never gotten over being felt snubbed by
Bush’s decision to make his first state visit
to Mexican President Vincente Fox, breaking a
long-standing tradition of first visits to the Prime
Minister of Canada. No doubt that in his
previous job as governor of Texas, Bush would
have conducted far more dealings with Mexico
than Canada, and believed that this was the
border which deserved the most attention.