Yesterday, Prime Minister Harper highlighted his government's plans for dealing with the economic slowdown and presented the crisis as an opportunity for Canada: Ultimately, it is an opportunity to position ourselves so that when the recovery comes, we're among the first to catch the wave.
Canada's big chance; President Obama's radical response to the recession could give Canada a massive economic advantage
Canada's top-three economic interests in the new U. S. administration are as follows: First, Canada has a large stake in a more efficient border for trade combined with a more secure border for the movement of people. Currently, commercial costs for crossing the northern border in terms of time losses are estimated at between 2% and 3% of the value of total two-way trade, which was $567-billion or 67% of our trade in 2007.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls his election victory a change of government, not a change of country. But it portends a dramatic change of direction in world affairs. You cant lead from the bleachers, he says. I want Canada to be a leader. Toward that end, Harper has vowed to set up new military bases along Canadas northern frontier, deploy a new airborne unit, acquire new long-range lift capabilities, and revitalize Canadas military by reinvesting in it.
On April 16, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed British Columbias first case of Mad Cow or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The cattle and beef industry remains concerned about the U.S. border staying open to younger slaughter animals. The breeding industry, which has not been able to export to the United States since May 2003, fears further delays in a US decision to reopen the border to cattle over 30 months of age.
An unexpected Election Day, shaped by unexpected forces, could yield unexpected results for Canadaand the world.