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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Canada-US Relations After Obama’s Hundred Days

How will Barack Obama’s pursuit of his aims sit with Canadians once the rosy afterglow of the new and charismatic leader’s ascension to power wears off? In particular, how will his presidency sit with the great Canadian anti-American coalition, many Liberals, the New Democratic Party, the Greens, the Bloc Québécois, and all those raging grannies of whatever age who despise the United States and all its works? J.L. Granatstein of the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute looks at Obama's first one-hundred days in office and considers what it means for the future of Canada-U.S. relations and how his administration will be viewed by the Canadian left:

Canadian anti-Americanism has never been a tap to be turned on and off. It’s not dead today; it’s only sleeping. It is moved by age-old historic forces and remains endemic in Canada. The Canadian left sees the United States as the great Satan and, while President Obama is surely better than Bush, the forces of capitalism, even a capitalism in ruins, will always oblige the U.S. President to act forcefully to protect American global and continental interests.

Read the full article at westernstandard.ca.

Posted by Jesse Kline on May 19, 2009 in International Affairs | Permalink


This "anti-Americanism" is just empty rhetoric. Until these easterners are willing to sacrifice trade in order to back up their opinions, it all means nothing.

I thank God that I am an Albertan, and know where my next meal is coming from. Hint: it isn't from the fascist racist Ontarians. God Bless America. God Damn elitist, privileged Toronto.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-05-19 8:25:53 PM

This "anti-Americanism" is just empty rhetoric. Until these easterners are willing to sacrifice trade in order to back up their opinions, it all means nothing.

Zeb, America doesn't exist anymore. Its anti Fascism and anti "American Foreign Policy" that has everyone, and I mean everyone disliking America. Unfortunately the world seems unable to make the distinguishment between "Americans" and American Foriegn Policy (government)

So until real Americans take back their country and rein it in...

Posted by: JC | 2009-05-19 9:41:26 PM

.. Yes Virginia, there is no America..
just a bunch of fascists
and bad people disguised
as the elected government...

but they do have a cool Disneyland

Posted by: 416 | 2009-05-19 9:58:00 PM

JC: If America is so bad, why does your country continue to trade with it? Canada is hardly innocent in its US relations. In fact, it is more of a co-conspirator.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-05-20 8:39:53 AM

As a close friend and ally of the United-States, it is our duty to express ourselves on their "global and continental interests".
After all, we are doing it with China and other trading partners so why not the States?
United-Staters should be happy to have a close friend such as us telling them what their corrupted Medias and Elite hide from them.
Of course if the States ultimately fall into fascism, thanks to their puppet politicians and the good work of their lobbies, it would not be advised from us on an economic level to call them for what they are. But at this point, they would invade Canada for our resources anyway.

Telling Canadians they cannot denounce American politics while trading with them is just mental masturbation. As for the “anti-capitalism/anti-American Eastern left”: I bet you there were more Ron Paul sympathisers in eastern Canada than in most states south of the border.

Posted by: Marc | 2009-05-20 11:01:36 AM

Marc: they can protest all they like - it's their right. However, any analysis of their protests must reveal that this flies in the face of extensive economic and cultural ties. In other words, it don't mean shit.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-05-20 11:49:08 AM

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