DIPLOMACY: Rough Riding in Ottawa

During his 21 months as Washington's Ambassador to Ottawa, William Porter, 61, earned the respect of many Canadians as a concerned professional envoy. He traveled frequently through the country, mixed easily with its citizens, gave thoughtful and discreet talks about issues that jointly affect Canada and the U.S. But last week, as Porter left Ottawa to take up a new post as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau angrily told a cheering House of Commons that Porter had gone beyond "the acceptable bounds within which an ambassador should stay." In a singular diplomatic snub, ministers of Trudeau's...

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