In Canada-US relations, all politics is local. That means taking our game to every state, using digital diplomacy.
Landing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after a 12-hour flight from Beijing, I saw that there was a connecting flight to Ottawa 45 minutes later. Could I manage US Customs and Border Protection, catch the train from Terminal 5 to 1 and then get past security? The US Airways agent was doubtful. The line for customs was at least 30 minutes and the security wait at Terminal 1 was currently 40 minutes, but if I got off at Terminal 2 it was only a 20-minute wait with a 10-minute hoof through the underground tunnel.
Apart from a couple of tropes about the "Americanization" of our gun registration in the French language debate and Ralph Nader's warnings about "deep integration," one of the most remarkable features of this campaign was the absence of any reference to Canada-US relations and February's Washington Declaration.