Canada and the US are close political and economic allies. Many benefits accrue to both countries. Does Canada have a choice to opt-out of any serious trade, military or other issues? I don’t believe so. Strong attention gets paid to US influence and control on developing nations, little on its neignbor to the north. That needs to change.
Complicated questions. I don’t know a lot about NAFTA rules. I would say no. I was thinking more about military pressure to support and/or join military actions, like pressure to join Coalition of the Willing, invading Afghanistan, buying expensive US aircraft, joint surveillance sharing of broad sweeping surveillance info. Economically, enormous pressure to exploit and then sell oil to the US. Water will be next. We have never seriously tested the US by denying ready access to our resources. What would the US do to us if we ‘turned off’ the energy tap, for example.
It looks like NAFTA includes investor state settlement, if this is the case, theoretically if Canada didn’t allow a United States extrication company access the government could be sued. That is one of the worries of the TTIP which is being negotiated.
Does Canada recognise the International Court of Justice?
“After the court ruled that the U.S.’s covert war against Nicaragua was in violation of international law (Nicaragua v. United States), the United States withdrew from compulsory jurisdiction in 1986.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Court_of_Justice
What was Canada’s stance on the US plan to launch a missile attack on Syria? (the suggested justification being that its government’s was alleged to use chemical weapons on civilians) The UK government, traditionally thought to play a similar role to Canada actually narrowly voted against the action.
Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total)
The forum ‘Social Vision and Strategy’ is closed to new topics and replies.