There can be no doubt about the importance of the United States to Canada, so Canada-U.S. relations have to be a dominant priority of any Canadian government. But they should not be the dominant international priority.Well worth the read.
When Canada has been most effective internationally, it has been because we pursued two priorities at the same time: a close friendship with the United States and an independent and innovative role in the wider world. Those are not opposite positions; they are the two sides of the Canadian coin and both must be given attention or we debase our currency.
Our strengths as a society are real, substantial. And more relevant than ever now, in a world that grows more turbulent and complicated. Managing diversity, bridging differences, setting an active example of respect are valuable assets again. We Canadians have the luxury, skill and imagination to help lead the world's response to deep tensions which, clearly, cannot be calmed by bombs and dollars.
[H/T, Cowboys for Social Responsibility]
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