Canadian Political Science
Lecture 15: Canada’s Place in the
The United States
• Canada is very small in comparison to the United States. The United
States is the home of many companies, and resources that make
Canadians rely on them. The relationship is rather awkward between the
• Compared to the rest of the World, Canada is one of the best countries in
the world. Its economy is 11 in the world, its population is 37 in the
world, and the military is 19 in the world.
In Historical Context
• Britain has had a big influence on Canada, and pushed Canada to
become an independent nation. Britain helped Canada get onto the
international scale of affairs, and thus Canada is very important to date.
Some of the biggest political arguments arise from where Canada’s place
should be in the world.
• Canada is a member of the United Nations and has won awards based
on peacekeeping (Lester Pearson). Pearson was the President of the UN
General Assembly and helped simmer down the Suez Crisis. He came up
with the idea to send a UN Peacekeeping army to make sure shots aren’t
• Up until the 21 century, Canada was highly engaged in the United
Nations. They were a long-serving member of the UN Security Council.
But in 2010 they did not get selected, and it was very shocking. Soft
Power diplomacy is a component of Canadian Foreign Policy.
Canada in the World: Economically
• Canada’s GDP is 1.3 Trillion Dollars, and Canada and the US is the
largest in the world. 1.5 billi