MacKay laughs off geography gaffe
Defence Minister Peter MacKay has shown once again that he’s got a sense of humour, even when the joke is on him.
Days after he suggested British Columbia and California shared a border in front of the state’s former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger during a stop in Winnipeg, MacKay sought to reassure Canadians that his grasp of geography actually isn’t that bad.
While not clear whether it was intentional or simply part of a prepared statement, MacKay rectified his error in Ottawa Thursday following a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
“Secretary Gates and I also addressed important issues related to the security of our hemisphere, including the strategic role played by the great states of Oregon and Washington,” he said in a preamble outlining some of the issued discussed during the bilateral meeting.
The comment drew quite a few laughs.
In November, MacKay drew both applause and scorn for sporting a “Fly Emirates” ball cap in the wake of a controversial falling-out between Canada and the United Arab Emirates over airplane landing rights.