Mutual trade and investment as well as numerous shared
political, security, and defense interests make Canada's
relationship with the United States a uniquely large and
important matter in Canadian public policy. While the state of
this relationship and the quality of its management are under
constant surveillance and commentary by journalists and
scholars alike, there are few measurable or "hard" indicators
of how Canadian policy makers view this relationship.
This publication offers a completely new contribution to
Canadian-American studies. We evaluate how members of Canada's
Parliament approach the Canadian-American relationship.
Specifically, we measure Parliament's inclination towards
seeking cooperative or non-cooperative solutions to
Canadian-American issues and problems. Our focus is on the
post-9/11 era. By carefully going through the parliamentary
Hansard, we found 918 instances of transcribed debate where
relations and cooperation were the focus of the comments. Using
objective, reliable, and replicable scoring and data analysis
methods from a field of social science called content analysis,
we measured whether parliamentarians expressed their support
for or opposition to more cooperation and/or better relations
with the United States.