Montana Democratic state senator Dan Weinberg took the high road when asked about now former minister of state for mining Bill Bennett's seemingly anti-American comments. In an interview with Public Eye, he said those comments are "not helpful. But I'm not going to concentrate on that. There are larger issues here than how somebody personally feels about a group of people." Continued Mr.Weinberg, who is in favour of protecting the Flathead River watershed from mining, "All of us should be taking care of our land. And the land does belong to all of us. Whether you're on the Canadian side or the American side, the Flathead River basin is to be treasured and cared for by all of us."
"I would hope that public officials and citizens alike could agree on that and work together to maintain, preserve and protect that land. Canadians and Americans have much more in common than we do things that divide us. And I think this is a time where we should be concentrating on the things that we have in common."
For example, "last summer I camped just north of the border with some of my counterparts in the BC government" - including New Democrat agriculture and lands critic Corky Evans. "And around the campfire we talked about what a grand place that is and how it suites all of our purposes to protect it. And we didn't find any areas of disagreement. All we could find are commonlaities. And it's the land that brings us together. So I think that's what the debate should be about. I think that's what we should be talking about. And we should all be doing what we can."