A weekly outreach to our friends and colleagues in Canada
Team Wilkins is holding the people of Fort McMurray and local communities impacted by the devastating wildfire close to our hearts right now. We’re especially praying for the fearless firefighters and emergency personnel battling the heartbreaking blaze.
Weekly Washington Wrap
- What started out as a joke to many last June when Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the White House is no laughing matter now with Trump all but locking up the GOP nod following his big win in the Indiana primary Tuesday night. With Trump’s decisive victory in the Hoosier state, Texas Senator Ted Cruz suspended his race that night, and Ohio Governor John Kasich ducked out yesterday. Trump is now almost certain to secure the Republican nomination at the party’s convention in Cleveland this summer. Meantime, Hillary Clinton keeps winning delegates but avowed socialist Bernie Sanders is proving a popular challenger to President Obama’s former secretary of state. Sanders beat Clinton by five points in Indiana’s primary marking his 18th victory against her.
- Also Tuesday, Congressman Todd Young beat Congressman Marlin Stutzman in the Indiana Republican Senate primary to replace retiring GOP Senator Dan Coats.
- Former Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT) passed away yesterday at the age of 82. He served in the Senate from 1993-2011.
Outing in Ottawa
Your former US Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, kick-started his week in one of his favorite cities – Ottawa – where he was pleased to reconnect with many old friends and make new ones.
Wilkins was in town attending the 22nd Annual Can/Am Border Trade Alliance conference at the Chateau Laurier. Headed by our ol’ pal Jim Phillips, Can/Am brings together the heavy hitters from both sides of the border who commit themselves to growing and securing the US-Canada bilat relationship. This year’s conference theme was, “A Unified Focus” and zeroed in on specific areas of trade, transportation and border management.
It was great to catch up with so many wonderful folks including former New York Congressman Bill Owens, MP Wayne Easter, and current US Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman.
And while Wilkins always loves to chat about US-Canada doings, for some reason these days, most folks seem to really wanna talk about this zany US presidential political season! So he was happy to oblige and popped in to see our pals Don Martin at CTV and Rosemary Barton with CBC’s Power and Politics.
David chats the times and Donald Trump on CTV’s Power Play.
Meanwhile, here’s how CBC covered some of the Wilkins’ studio sit down on the web:
…What's historic about this race is the likely two contenders, Trump and Clinton, have the highest unfavourable (ratings) of any candidate ever in our history… A lot of people don't like either one of them, so which of those people is going to stay home?"
Ambassador Wilkins was a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives for 25 years. He says he will support whoever wins his party's nomination, and thinks Trump can beat Hillary Clinton, despite his unfavourable ratings with women.
"He is increasing the pie so to speak. There are more people voting for the first time for Trump," Wilkins said. "So that is the X-factor. If he brings those people in, that sort of changes some of the dynamics."
(David) Frum agrees Trump is changing the U.S. political landscape.
"We've had a very static map in American politics for a long, long time. And Donald Trump is like a whirlwind," Frum said. "The map is being remade before our eyes."
Former ambassador Wilkins has one piece of advice for Canadians watching events south of the border unfold.
"You just sit back and enjoy the festivities here because it's going to even get more interesting."
While in town, Wilkins was so pleased to spend some time visiting with friends like Tom McDougall, as well as Perrin Beatty.
Then it was off to a reception at the US ambassador’s residence hosted by Ambassador Heyman where no doubt there was lots of talk about – Trump!
All about the Ambos – David Wilkins and Bruce Heyman at the glorious and grand US ambassador’s residence in Ottawa Monday evening.
And because he’s David Wilkins, why not just keep on keeping on? So from Ottawa, Wilkins winged it out all the way to Seattle, Washington to attend a US Endowment for Forestry and Communities board meeting.
See Y’all at SEUS-CP!
Speaking of insightful conferences that focus on the US-Canada bilat and bring great Canadian and Americans together, one of our favs is right around the corner!
The 9th Annual Southeast US States-Canadian Provinces (SEUS CP) Trade Alliance conference will be hosted in Nashville, Tennessee May 26-28. This year’s theme is Gaining Competitive Advantage to Sustain Economic Growth.
SEUS-CP is near and dear to David Wilkins’ heart as it began on his watch in Ottawa with the first meeting held in Montreal back in 2007. He’s heading back this year representing South Carolina as our state’s official delegate along with SEUS veterans like our own Ashley Martin Aldebol and Nelson Mullins’ Buzz Burwell.
SEUS-CP is a strategic partnership between member states including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Member provinces include Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Québec. The alliance works to promote trade and investment opportunities between and among its member states and provinces. Every year delegations from all the jurisdictions gather together, led by state and provincial business and governmental leaders, to forge economic ties.
This year’s conference in Nashville promises to be outstanding (Editor’s note: Come on! It’s Nashville for heaven’s sake!) We want to see you and your business represented there! Like to know more? Check out seuscp.com or email Ashley Aldebol at Ashley.Aldebol@nelsonmullins.com for more information!
They Said What?
- "We're going after Hillary Clinton," – Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump after winning the Indiana primary Tuesday night and learning that Senator Ted Cruz had suspended his bid for the White House.
- “I know that the Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They’re wrong,” – Vermont Senator and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders in an interview with the Associated Press following his 5-point win in Indiana’s Democrat presidential primary over Hillary Clinton.
- “Bill and Hillary Clinton are simply not welcome in our town. Mrs. Clinton’s anti-coal messages are the last thing our suffering town needs at this point. The policies that have been championed by people like Mrs. Clinton have all but devastated our fair town, and honestly, enough is enough,” – Logan, West Virginia town officials in an open letter to the Clintons after Hillary promised to “put a lot of coal miners and a lot of coal companies out of business.” (Editor’s note: Former President Bill Clinton drew boos and shouts from a Logan crowd on Sunday where he was campaigning for his wife.)
- "I do feel a bit sad and sorry that I gave folks the reason or the excuse to be so upset with me because that is not what I intended at all,” – Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responding to a very upset, unemployed West Virginia coal miner, Tuesday night in a CNN forum.
- “There is the possibility of some sort of organized Republicans for Hillary effort…There are people talking about it on the narrow grounds of foreign policy…” – GOP strategist and pundit Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC regarding some establishment Republican voters supporting Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
If you are interested in the possibility of having Ambassador Wilkins speak at an event, please contact Christy Cox at Christy.Cox@nelsonmullins.com or call 803.255.9470.
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