Canada is in a rather unique position as far as dealing with the Excited States of America, particularly with the Bush administration. It's rather like the horrible fascination one has while watching the village idiot play with dynamite and blasting caps - you know what is going to happen, it's just a matter of where, when and how many people he will take along when it does.
I am constantly amazed by the the stream of ambassadors the American Gov't sends to Canada, most of whom I doubt could have located this country on an unmarked map prior to their appointment.
For a good look at how most of us viewed the last one - Paul Cellucci - go here http://www.cbc.ca/mercerreport/backissu
Then there is the so-called "Free Trade Agreement", but that is fodder for another rant.