Category Archives: Canada-US relations

Want to understand current Canada-US relations? Look at the 1930s

One of the reasons it’s hard for Canadians to understand fully the threat posed by Trump and deeper currents in US politics is that Trump has ripped up the rulebook that has governed the Canada-U.S. relationship for over seventy years. … Continue reading

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Memo: The long-term Canadian response to the Trump presidency

I wrote this memo in November-December 2016 and circulated it to a few people in and around government. Sadly, I think it’s held up quite well. Posting it here for posterity. For me, one of the key takeaways is that … Continue reading

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Canada, Trump and what we can do

If you’re Canadian and appalled by what’s happening in the US, there are at least two concrete things you can do: 1. Phone or email your local MP and demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau back up his Twitter claims … Continue reading

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Hubris and misdiagnosis in Burney and Hampson’s “How Obama Lost Canada”

I see Derek Burney and Fen Osler Hampson, both of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, have an article in Foreign Affairs with the provocative title “How Obama Lost Canada” (h/t Michael Forbes). It takes the … Continue reading

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All politics are domestic, oil and copyright edition

I see that Howard Knopf is wondering if the passage of Bill C-11, Canada’s latest kick at the copyright-reform can, will be affected by the Obama administration’s decision to delay any decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline until 2013. Michael Geist, … Continue reading

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Bill C-11 and digital locks: The National Post comes out swinging

Shorter National Post: Banning the breaking of digital locks, as the Copyright Modernization Act proposes, has little to do with copyright and impairs individuals’ private-property rights. That’s about 100% correct. It’s a bad proposal that has little, if anything, to do with … Continue reading

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What border-security agreements can and can’t deliver

According to the Globe and Mail, Canada and the United States have reached an agreement on that border-security deal they announced back in February. Interesting that the agreement will likely be announced almost 10 years to the day that the … Continue reading

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