POL312Y1 Lecture Notes - Brad Delson, Bilateralism, One-Man Operation

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Oct 11 2012
POL 312Y1 Canadian Foreign Policy
Prof. Greaves
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POL 312Y1 Canadian Foreign Policy
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Lecture 5 Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
Early 20th century Canada as Nation
- Each of the historical themes will be recurring in the course.
North American fact
- 2 aspects: geographic situation in N. America and proximity to US
- Geography: Sharing a continent with US and Mexico from Canadian view we
are closer to US.
- Language: French were competing with Britain for the continent we have
preserved and maintained this linguistic minority in Quebec. US has too,
although it has replaced it with Spanish speaking community. So we share a
language English, and also existence of minority language.
- Culture: we have very important values and theories of liberalism with US.
We share ethnic ground that used to be more similar than today
predominantly white.
- Ethnicity: both mostly from UK and French, but US and Canada are different
in a sense that US has more African American.
- Canadian independence: Canada and US do not see the kinds of behavior that
led to violent conflict between each other. They are allied in happy
circumstances. This political relationship has not been predetermined.
- North American geography = essential fact of Canadian history
- US independence created 2 countries
o Modern Canada
o Immigrants from US became the backbone of Canadian society
(wealthy) and brought with them the tradition in validity of British
rules. This loyalty to the mother country became a significant part of
Canadian history.
- From the early conflict to security community
- Framework to contemporary Canada-US bilateralism
o There is nothing new in histories of the countries since so closely
related
- Narcissism of minor difference: gravitational pull of US?
o There was a deeply held belief among US that they didn’t need to
concur us. It was going to happen eventually
o Simple progress of liberalism became the willing member of US
- Video that was supposed to be shown today will be posted. Video deals with
this phenomenon of crown and sovereignty.
Federalism, sovereignty, crown
- Crown:
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Each of the historical themes will be recurring in the course. 2 aspects: geographic situation in n. america and proximity to us. Geography: sharing a continent with us and mexico from canadian view we are closer to us. Language: french were competing with britain for the continent we have preserved and maintained this linguistic minority in quebec. Us has too, although it has replaced it with spanish speaking community. So we share a language english, and also existence of minority language. Culture: we have very important values and theories of liberalism with us. We share ethnic ground that used to be more similar than today predominantly white. Ethnicity: both mostly from uk and french, but us and canada are different in a sense that us has more african american. Canadian independence: canada and us do not see the kinds of behavior that led to violent conflict between each other. North american geography = essential fact of canadian history.

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