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  • Canada: A Valued Partner in Need of Reassurance

    Tomorrow President Barack Obama will travel and make the traditional first foreign trip of American Presidents as he visits our “Neighbor to the North” – Canada and its leader Prime Minister Stephan Harper.  Heritage Scholars James M. Roberts and Ray Walser, Ph. D explain why this trip is so vital for continuing America’s partnership on a number of crucial issues.

    Canada is one of America’s closest friends, as “reflected in the staggering volume of bilateral trade—the equivalent of $1.5 billion a day in goods—as well as in people-to-people contact. About 300,000 people cross the shared border every day.”[1] We are connected by everything from shared democratic values to the everyday matters like integrated auto manufacturing and professional sports teams. Will the new U.S. leader seek to impose an anti-trade, environmentally extreme agenda in line with his campaign promises? Or will he embrace Canada as a partner in a renewed effort to continue the historic policies of economic and entrepreneurial freedom that has produced record prosperity for both countries?

    A lot of discussion will get packed into this short one-day trip.  Issues  range from trade to military commitments in Afghanistan.  Roberts and Walser suggest to the President and Canadian Prime Minister a number of ideas to handle these pressing matters.

    • Obama should pledge to seek immediate removal of protectionist “Buy American” provisions in the stimulus law and commit to further measures to deepen and strengthen NAFTA.
    • Obama and Harper should commit both countries to seeking private sector restructuring of the U.S. and Canadian auto industries.
    • Obama and Harper should commit to sensible, private-sector-led development of the vast oil sand deposits in Alberta.
    • Obama should use the opportunity to cement a viable and sustainable security partnership with the Canadian government in Afghanistan, in the Arctic, and elsewhere.
    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    2 Responses to Canada: A Valued Partner in Need of Reassurance

    1. Joseph Cummins Car says:

      I cannot comprehend how buying American products versus cheaper labor products in other parts of the world will damage the American People?

      I believe in the fundamental principle that if I take care of myself then others won't have to. Thus, if America supports itself then the world won't have to and visa versa.

      The slogan FREE TRADE is a cryptic myth and those who devised such plans were not looking at how the America People would benefit over the long-haul, but how multi-national corporations could gain in the short-run.

      America has become addicted to debt dependency and if we are to survive we must get off the merry-go-round that goes nowhere.

    2. Hozro1, Oregon says:

      If we are to have "Free Trade" with any nations in the world, Canada should be first. They have been there for us in our Wars, in our aid and sharing each others wonderswhile we travel, and we feel safe as home being there.

      Any "Free Trade" should only be with Nations who have fought with us, welcome us warmly, and trade with us equitably, and are there and have aid us in our own times of need.

      Hozro

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