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March 5th, 2012
1. Independence-value of self-governance is the fundamental principal of democracy. The
government is drawn from the elected people and it has two have the confidence of the
people elected. Canada becomes independent in 1867, but it isn’t completely
independent, it could not sign international treaties till 1941 under the statute of West
Minister which gave Canada and other white dominions power. Some Canadian interests
were neglected, for example boundaries of Alaska and Canada were decided by British at
Canadian expense. Canada had no supreme court, the JCPC had such power, that is why
provinces get so much power. Canada had no power to amend the constitution, Canada
got its power only in 1982, till then only British government could, but it was upon
Canadian request. In 1919 Canada become the founder of L of U, because of its
participation in the war and large number of casualties. Canada had two very important
elections which revolved around American-Canadian elections 1911 and 1988. In 1911
liberals proposed free trade, people voted against it, conservatives stayed in power. In
1988 conservatives proposed it, the idea passed and now there is free trade. In 1920
UNDER Mackenzie King’s government talked about adopting multilateral approach and
distancing itself from British domination of Canada. John Humphrey- wrote the United
Nations declaration of human rights. Canada was founding nation of NATO.1957 Canada
was more multilateral and had more reserved approach to the Vietnam war. Canada was
involved in the Suez Canal, beginning of peacekeeping.
2. Public Opinion
Economy; Separation from British economy; more foreign investment in Canada
from USA than British. Canada is unique because of the percentage of the foreign
investment of united states. Trade with use had dramatically increased in 30
years; investment from the use is not as good as proportionate as it was 40 years
ago. People worry that free trade with use poses threats on Canadian sovereignty,
but looking at European union trade policies, it is clear that they have much more
constrains than NAFTA, i. e. the common currency of EU.
Culture; very sensitive issue among Canadians, they are concerned about it
fragility cultural industries. Canadians invest more in USA than in Canada.
Canada and USA share language with USA, while Quebec has shield of language
thus Quebecers are not worried of their culture erodes, while English-Canadians
feel that American culture erodes Canadian culture and values, but how do their
cultural values differ. Another issue is the American media domination, should
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