The President of the United States, Barack Obama, will be hosting the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, during an official visit, including a White House state dinner on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. If you are one of the privileged few invited guests to this prestigious banquet or if you will soon be doing dinner or lunch, here's what you should know.
In a couple of days, the American populace will elect the next President. Numerous self-identified "progressive" voters have endorsed the Obama campaign, stating that while Barack Obama is certainly not perfect, he is far better than Mitt Romney. However, one of the major areas that have been largely ignored is Obama's foreign policy record in the Middle East.
Mitt Romney has every right in the world to keep his tax returns private, but not as a Presidential candidate. To some, Americans may appear to be going too far, but not to me. In Canada and other mature parliamentary democracies, politicians disclose assets, liabilities and income to a "conflict" commissioner, not to the public. Summaries are available but details are not and tax returns are not disclosed to anyone. Full disclosure should be required. For every politician.