Canada's US Envoy Urged to Resign Over NAFTA-Gate

Ambassador admits speaking to reporter
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 12:32 PM CDT
Prime Minister Stephen Harper responds to a question in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, March 6, 2008. Harper's chief of staff, Ian Brodie, said Hillary Clinton's campaign...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The scope of the Barack Obama NAFTA memo scandal widened again yesterday, with Canadian opposition legislators calling for the resignation of Canada's ambassador to the US after he was implicated, the Globe and Mail reports. Michael Wilson admitted speaking to the reporter who broke the story that the candidate was voicing opposition to the trade agreement merely for political purposes.

Wilson's concession takes some heat off of Ian Brodie, chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Brodie told CTV that Hillary Clinton's campaign, rather than Obama's, told Canadian diplomats her opposition to NAFTA was not serious; when the story was reported, however, it was the Obama camp that was implicated.