WASHINGTON — Michael Ignatieff is raising concerns about the U.S. homeland security secretary with a top Obama administration official.
Ignatieff says he's told Larry Summers, President Barack Obama's top economic adviser, that Janet Napolitano is misinformed when she suggests Canada's border poses a security risk to the United States.
But Ignatieff says her remarks raised "strong concern" in Canada, and told Summers in a 45-minute conversation today that it seems she harbours "ill-founded" suspicions about Canada.
In fact, Ignatieff says, Canada has an excellent record of security in co-operation with the United States.
Ignatieff says he told Summers that Canada treats American concerns about security with the utmost seriousness, and that Canadian security and immigration systems are top-notch.
Napolitano's recent comments, he says, are "not constructive, not helpful and they're factually untrue."
It's nice to see that Ignatieff doesn't view his Washington trip as a entirely huggy affair, wherein he merely uses the visit to receive flecks of magic Obama dust. Fairly strong language, and rather than being educated during his visit, it would appear Ignatieff is doing the teaching.