This was the only article I could find that mentioned anything about trade, and it even says that it wouldn't be the smartest economic move to stop US trade with Canadians.
I personally would be extremely surprised if a trade embargo with Canada became policy. I don't see it happening. However, I would imagine there are those private companies that are short sighted enough to do something like that on their own.
U.S. 'disappointed' in Canada's war stance: ambassador
'A lot of people in Washington are upset that Canada is not fully supporting us'
TORONTO (CP) -- The United States ambassador said bluntly Tuesday his country is upset and disappointed that Canada has refused to join the war against Iraq and said the issue has caused a "bump in relations."
Paul Cellucci said the U.S. would be ready to answer any security threat against Canada and that has left many Americans wondering why "Canada is not there for us now."
"It's disappointing to us and a lot of people in Washington are upset that Canada is not fully supporting us here," Cellucci told an Economic Club of Toronto audience.
Cellucci also criticized the federal government's reaction to recent pro- and anti-American remarks made by prominent politicians.
Although Canada's close ties to the U.S. have been called into question recently due to the war, Cellucci said for economic reasons, "it's important we keep working together."
When asked whether the U.S. would punish Canada through trade agreements, Cellucci replied: "It's not in our economic interests to do that," but added, "we'll have to wait and see if there are any ramifications."
Prime Minister Jean Chretien said Cellucci's comments were not surprising.
"Of course he is disappointed. We're all disappointed somewhat that we could not agree," Chretien said.
"But being an independent and sovereign nation, sometimes we can disagree and remain good friends."
The prime minister also gave his qualified support to the U.S. effort in Iraq, saying he hopes for a swift end to hostilities now that war is underway.
"I don't want Saddam Hussein to win," Chretien said.
Cellucci remarked on the government's handling of comments made by Natural Resources Minister Herb Dhaliwal, comparing it to the government's reaction to pro-American remarks made by Alberta Premier Ralph Klein.
"When Mr. Klein issues strong support for the United States, the Canadian government comes down hard on him," Cellucci said.
"When Mr. Dhaliwal makes totally inappropriate remarks about the president of the United States, they totally ignore it. So maybe that's something they could do a better job at."
Last week, Dhaliwal said U.S. President George W. Bush lacked statesmanlike qualities for his decision to go to war, while Klein sent a letter of support to Cellucci in which he said Bush has exemplified leadership.
Klein said Tuesday he wrote to Cellucci because he is concerned that Ottawa's stance could erode the relationship between Canada and the U.S.
"I think the Americans heard me and they know my personal feelings on this," he said.
Alberta's New Democrat leader said it was highly improper for Cellucci to comment on the domestic dispute between Ottawa and Alberta.
"It is none of his business," Raj Pannu said.
Ottawa's decision to stay out of the Iraq conflict has also raised questions about Canada's naval role in the Persian Gulf. Cellucci said Canadian warships patrolling the area as part of the war on terrorism could end up intercepting ships heading for Iraq with weapons.
"Ironically, because of the presence in the Persian Gulf, they will provide more support for this war in Iraq indirectly than most of those 46 countries that are fully supporting us," Cellucci said.
"It's kind of an odd situation."
Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham said he understood why Americans might be disappointed, but added that he's spoken to many U.S. colleagues who understand and respect Canada's decision.
"I hope that as we enter the days and weeks ahead the American people know that we are not indifferent to the outcome of this conflict," Graham said.
But Stockwell Day, foreign affairs critic for the Canadian Alliance, said there's an appearance that the Liberals "have not properly pursued a strong relation with the United States."
"Ninety per cent of Canadians expect better relations with the United States," Day said, citing a poll released Tuesday.
The former Alliance leader added that having a different position than the U.S. is "fine," but the manner in which the Liberals have handled the issue "has not been positive."
Public and government opinion is divided over Canada's refusal to join the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and that division has shown up in everything from politicians' comments to peace protests and hockey games.
But Cellucci said there would be no question if Canada faced a security threat -- the U.S. would respond.
"There would be no debate. There would be no hesitation. We would be there for Canada. That is why so many in the United States are disappointed and upset that Canada is not there for us now."