Consider energy. We export 2.5 million barrels of oil to the U.S. every year, double the contribution of Saudi Arabia. Take Canadian energy out of the equation and the lights go out; the heat goes off; and the economy powers down.
Secondly, because Canada is by far the United States’ export market, about eight million American jobs depend on our country. In other words, if it were not for trade with Canada, the U.S. unemployment rate would be about 15 per cent.
Thirty-four states have Canada as their leading export market, with a huge corresponding impact on jobs.
It’s a symbiotic relationship in which no protectionist measure by the United States can do anything but harm American interests. Yet traditonally, we Canadians are exceedingly timid in emphasizing our clout.
Maybe not so much anymore. No one seriously believes the Keystone pipeline is dead.
And we are getting more aggressive. As one Tory MP put it on the Keystone cut-off: “If you want our product, great. But if not, we’re not just going to sit here and suck our thumbs. We’re looking for other markets.
This is smart and long overdue.
Does the United States depend on Canada?
What do you think?