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Policy Choices: Improving our Relations with the United States: Conference Outcomes Report

Discussion Paper by Jonathan Dignan

With a new government in Ottawa, this discussion paper attempts to outline the status of Canada’s relationship with the United States, in 2006, and means for improving the relationship. The paper focuses on three areas: social values, border security, and trade and defence.

In terms of social values, the prevailing consensus has been that a convergence between American and Canadian values has taken place. The paper suggests this is particularly true relative to English Canada; it also notes that both countries are highly reliant on immigrants, which has also contributed to the alignment of values.

By contrast, the paper points out that the two neighbours are somewhat at odds over the issues of border security and trade. It considers the need for a made-in-Canada trade policy that recognizes the country’s strengths, as well as its close relationship with the United States –largely regarded as an independent agenda. With respect to defence, the paper suggests an overriding influencing factor is, from a Canadian perspective, what the role of Canadian forces should be on the international stage.

While the paper proposes a number of initiatives to improve the relationship, it also acknowledges that Canada’s influence is declining, from a US perspective. The paper notes a number of means that could increase Canada’s influence.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Jonathan Dignan;
Publisher: Public Policy Forum [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2006; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Military & Defence / Peacekeeping
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / Border Security
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Globalization
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Canada - U.S. Relations
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / North American Integration
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance
Policy Articles / Military & Defence
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Canada - U.S. Relations / 2006
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Globalization / 2006
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / North American Integration / 2006
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / Border Security / 2006
Policy Articles / Military & Defence / Peacekeeping / 2006


Keywords / Tags:

Canada-U.S. relations; values; immigration; trade policy; Pacific Gateway iniative; border security; Congress; continental integration; globalization; public opinion; defence; softwood lumber; terrorism; Afghanistan;