Sunday, March 20, 2005

Canadian Sovereignty

I have seen an increase in people talking about Canada losing it's sovereignty. Some of this discussion is related to the Federal Government's decision to not participate in the US missile defence system. Several "experts" cited that Canada is giving up sovereignty because it is letting America call the shots on missile defence. Some of the same "experts" also stated that regardless of our government's decision, that foreign missiles will likely be intercepted over Canada (in other words bits and pieces of missiles will fall over Canada). So how is it that Canada would maintain sovereignty if the US has decided to use Canada as its missile junk site, with or without our support?

Another part of this discussion is the suggestions made a think-tank of people from Canada, US and Mexico. The think tank recommended that Canada, the US and Mexico should implement a perimeter border plan, a common external tariff and joint inspections of cargo at ports of entry. Naturally, the "anti-Americans" proclaimed these recommendations as a direct threat to Canadian sovereignty. No one explained how they are a threat, just that they are. The Toronto Star failed to suprise me with their editorial on the topic. While half-heartedly agreeing to certain aspects, they blasted the notion of common visa and asylum regulations or guaranteeing a reliable supply of natural resources, implying that it will be America that will dictate the visa regulatons and policy on energy.

A common set of visa regulations would be a boon to people visiting Canada. Plenty of foreigners have family in both Canada and the US but have to make applications to both countries to visit. Many decide to make application to one country only. As to a reliable supply of natural resources, it is in Canada's best interest that the US does not experience a substantial shortage of any one natural resource such as oil and natural gas. Anything that affects the American economy in a negative way, will affect Canada's economy.

These are just ideas. At the very least they merit some analysis and discussion.

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