CANADA AND THE REAGAN CHALLENGE: CRISIS IN THE CANADIAN-AMERICAN RELATIONSHIP
Volume 11 Number 2.
In the last two years Canada-U.S. relations have probably reached an all-time low point. The author, a professor of political economy at the University of Toronto, maintains that while the Nixon policies marked the beginning of the end of the traditional "special relationship" between the two countries, it was two events in 1980 that brought on a serious crisis: Canada's announcement of the National Energy Program and the election of Ronald Reagan, a president dedicated to an aggressive America-first foreign policy.
Clarkson draws attention to the series of events in the varying areas of conflict, ranging from American hostility to the NEP and FIRA to disagreements over fisheries, acid rain, culture, and telecommunications. Canadians indeed have cause to be worried by the litany of American doubletalk and greed so meticulously documented here. If we are to survive as a nation, we must know our enemy, in this case, the not-so-friendly neighbour to the south.
Yet the book is no anti-American diatribe. Clarkson probes for the underlying' causes of the deterioration of relationships and argues for a more direct Canadian role in U.S. politics. This is an important book, but one that will probably be read only by students of politics and economics at the college level. A condensed version would be extremely useful for teachers and the general public.
Keith Wilson, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.
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