Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sorry About That, Canada

Our friends to the north are being treated to a visit by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott will spend five days between Montreal and Toronto in an attempt to lure more jobs to Florida. He was joined by his chief economic development officer, Enterprise Florida Director Gray Swoope, and a delegation from the state’s business community, including Florida Realtors President Patricia Blakiston, Tampa Bay Partnership CEO Stuart Rogel and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. President Keith Alan Norden.

Scott’s office declined a request to include any Florida press on the trip.

It is Scott’s second foreign trade mission in three months. Scott traveled to Panama in March and plans to visit Brazil in October.

When they said “trade mission,” I had this vision of them sending us Stephen Harper in exchange for the governor. But I have too many friends and I like Canada too much to inflict that kind of pain on them, and it tells you how bad things are here that if they did send us Mr. Harper, the rather tepid and uninspiring Conservative prime minister, we’d be getting the better part of the deal.