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National Insecurity: Bowing to US “Security” Demands Will Make Canadians Less Secure

Report by Tony Clarke, Murray Dobbin, Ed Finn

In this article, Clarke, Dobbin and Finn argue that powerful business leaders are accustomed to getting what they want from the federal and provincial governments. What business leaders want now, more than anything else, the authors contend, is to bind Canada more tightly to the United States, in order to ensure direct access to the world’s largest market. To ensure close economic relations, however, Canada must be willing to cooperate in security policy with the US.

Clarke, Dobbin, and Finn argue that cooperating, and improving security relations with the United States, essentially means that Canada must bow to US demands. Clarke, Dobbin and Finn contend that Canadian subservience to US security needs would replace Canadian sovereignty. However, the authors suggest most Canadians don’t have the same interests as powerful business leaders; they aren’t concerned with direct access to the US market for the business elite. According to the authors, most Canadians are unwilling to abandon their values, social programs, and culture in order to have Canada turned into an American satellite.

The authors explore each area of the Bush administration’s foreign policy, which, according to them, all fall under the broad category of “security:” military security; homeland security; energy security; social security; water security; and, global security. Clarke, Dobbin and Finn conclude that acceding to any of these policies would sacrifice the Canadian way of life, including Canada’s sovereignty and democracy.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Tony Clarke; Murray Dobbin; Ed Finn;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2005; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Military & Defence / National Security
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / National Security / 2005
Policy Articles / Military & Defence

Keywords / Tags:

military security; business interests; access to U.S. markets; Canada-U.S. relations; security policy; Canadian sovereignty;