quote: Some of your historical whining is nonsense. If America wanted Canada, we'd of taken it. We sent some drunk soldiers up there, Canada managed to repel them, we said 'to hell with it, it's cold as shit up here', and never bothered again. Canada wasn't at all interesting, asides from timber and fish, until it got oil. As for the generators, not sure what you're referring to, but thats called cold, calculated, great-power international politics. If Canada had a pair of balls and displayed them on occasion, it could get its way more often. Instead, it goes around the world with a big dumb diplomatic smile on its face and money flowing from its pockets and wonders why it carries so little weight in the world.
quote: Speaking of oil, you sound like we wanted to come in and take it directly, like liberals think we did with Iraq. No, you poor fool, oil firms, probably Canadian, extract your own resources. We simply wanted to buy them, after the miners/drillers/etc paid whatever taxes you duly expected of them. And then no, we did not rest on our laurels, we became retarded and decided Canada should ship its oil to China instead of our own refineries. Either way, Canada wins.
quote: NAFTA in no way locks you in, you don't know what you're talking about. It's a regional FTA, so it's most beneficial, due to the benefits of the agreement and physical proximity (re: the proximity theory of international trade I think its called) to do business with the US, but you've got deals with other countries. Not America's fault you don't have more FTA's; Stephen Harper is working hard on signing more, though!
quote: As for the relationship between the US economy and Canadas.. Canada's economy in total is less than that of California, only slightly larger then Texas, and therefore of course it'd take something close to a zombie apocalypse in Canada to effect the American economy, which is almost TEN TIMES THE SIZE. Meanwhile, since the vast majority of Canada's population lives within mere miles of the US border, and so much business depends on cross-border trade logically due to that proximity, yes, if America gets a cold, Canada can catch the flu. Tough shit, better than living next to Mexico, we can tell you that!
quote: The US DID want Canada; it attempted, on two separate occasions, and failed both times.
quote: Secondly, why does it matter whether or not Canada has a major voice on teh world stage? How does that benefit Canadian interests again?
quote: FTA's have always been disasters for the wealthier economies that participate in them, as cheaper produced goods will have the net result of running local firms out of business and reducing worker wages.
quote: Canada's GDP per capita actually exceeds that of the US.