Although most of us here in Canada are still dreaming the pipe-dream that the relationship between the two countries are what they were in the 80s, or even 90s it isn't so at all. After the 2001 events this relationship had profoundly changed back to where they were in the 1960s. I don't want to go into too many details, but I will give an example what can you expect from our "friends" to the south when things are really tense. Here is what happened in 1965:

Pearson signed the Canada-United States Automotive Agreement (or Auto Pact) in January 1965, and unemployment fell to its lowest rate in over a decade.[10] While in office, Pearson declined U.S. requests to send Canadian combat troops into the Vietnam War. Pearson spoke at Temple University in Philadelphia on 2 April 1965, while visiting the United States and voiced his support for a pause in the American bombing of North Vietnam, so that a diplomatic solution to the crisis may unfold. To the Johnson administration, this criticism of American foreign policy on US soil was an intolerable sin. Before Pearson had finished his speech, he was summoned to Camp David to meet with Johnson the next day. Johnson, who was notorious for his personal touch in politics, reportedly grabbed Pearson by the lapels and shouted, "Don't you come into my living room and {#piss#} on my rug."[11][12] Pearson later recounted that the meeting was acrimonious, but insisted the two parted cordially. After this incident, LBJ and Pearson did have further contacts, including two further meetings together, both times in Canada[13] as the U.S. relied on Canada's raw materials and resources to fuel and sustain its efforts in the Vietnam War.[14] Elderly Canadians often remember the Pearson years as a time Canada-U.S. relations greatly improved.[citation needed]

Now things between the two nations are not dissimilar to what happened then and, unfortunately, are not about to change. My opinion is that Canada must continue to stand tough, inasmuch as the Americans are still stuck with their foreign policy assumptions, which haven't changed since early 2002. They appear to have learned nothing in the past 12 years despite innumerable foreign policy disasters and internal political chaos, which is not about to be resolved any time soon. Apparently they've learned nothing, while the quagmire of the endless internal ideological fights between the President and the two Legislative Branches are barely short of eventually landing the country in something rather close to calling it a civil war. Even the "ever-loyal" Brits are recently taking steps to carefully distance themselves from the Americans quietly calling them anything but sane.

My point is that we should have no illusions when it comes to BlackBerry and the U.S. media, which follows orders from the "above" (directives from the U.S. $ecurity $ervices) to dump on anything Canadian. Canadian financial media are hardly anything but traitors on payroll of the Americans. At the same time we are not about to have a trade war, so when it comes to the U.S. launch of BlackBerry products, it must simply be low-key and, I think, it will be... If they need it they'll buy it. The focus of the company must be to shake it's completion in the rest of the world, not the U.S. De-listing from NASDAQ should follow shortly after (I finally came to this conclusion as I dug deeper into other issues connected with inter-listed Canadian oil companies, which are virtually destroyed by the Americans and their relentless shorting raids.................).

Be a Proud Canadian - keep your head high!! Unlike the Americans, our hands, minds, and policies are clean.