feb 14- psci - Feb 14 Canada's Place in the World and...

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Canada’s Place in the World and International Influences on Canada Topics: Trade We are completely reliant on the United States. Overwhelmingly When looking at imports, over 50% of our imports come from the United States. This is an asymmetrical trading relationship. While the US uses our products, they do not completely rely on us. It would hurt the American economy if they didn’t have access to Canadian economy, but it wouldn’t kill them. We are more reliant on them then they are on us. United States is spread out across more countries. This hasn’t always been the case. One of our biggest worries is how we can create is trade and economic independence from the states. Foreign Policy Protecting Canadian Culture - Continentalism – what extent does Canada find its place within North America? How close do we want to be with the United State? - If you favour continentalism you want Canada to move close to the United States. - Political scientists generally say that there are 2 issues in Canadian politics that do not go away, French English relations and Canada US relations. - Either in rejection or acceptance of how we relate to our southern neighbour - Tension sometimes comes up between 2 countries. - Sometimes we resent their political interference. - Close enough to the Americans, and we are similar but we still want to distinguish ourselves. - When we talk about continentalism we have to go back to 1776 and the American Revolution. - Many would point out that Canada was born as counter-revolutionaries; we chose to not join the revolution. - Since that time we have distinguished ourselves as being not American. - In the early years America was actually a military threat. Until the 1930s we had an active defence plan against American invasion - One way we can talk about this is by focusing on trade. Canada’s Trade History The National Policy (High Tariffs) Strategy to promote Canadian manufacturing. Government under John A Macdonald wanted an environment that would allow industry to grow. They created a high tariff barrier.
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This note was uploaded on 05/17/2008 for the course PSCI 1000 taught by Professor Bottomley during the Spring '08 term at Carleton CA.

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