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Another gold – this one for the premiers: In Canada-U.S. relations, we need every level of government ready to play

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In hockey, we need different lines. So it is with Canada-U.S. relations, where we need to use all of our elected talent playing at every level of government. Making the case with the administration on Capitol Hill and with states is a permanent campaign. It requires a thousand points of contact if we are to put the puck in the net for Canada.

‘We can’t just wait out our Afghan commitment’

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“So are we done in Afghanistan, at least in terms of a major military commitment? Probably. But not necessarily… The road to success in Afghanistan now runs through NATO. Canadians have a special interest and commitment to NATO. We were present at its creation. While our commitment has not always been consistent, Canadians play a critical role in its development. As Riedel reminds us, what we decide will be closely watched in Washington and elsewhere. Hard decisions are still ahead of us before we sound the last post in Kandahar.”

The United States to 2020 and the Requirement for Canadian Action

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Like it or not, know it or not, a vigorous Canada requires a robust America. It is critically important for Canadian security, livelihood and prosperity that we understand the changes taking place in America and their interplay with our own interests and the rest of the world. The changes – economic, demographic, regional – will have profound implications for Canadians, particularly as they relate to security and the border, economic integration, and policies for the environment and energy. The responsibilities of global primacy and a preoccupation with domestic concerns on the part of the U.S. mean that Canada, never top of mind in American calculations, must constantly, consistently and forcefully make its case.

Lobby Congress as well as Obama

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The Calgary Herald (Canada), January 31, 2009 by Mike Blanchfield Some say it’s misguided for Canada to be focusing on Obama when it should be concentrating on Congress.”Even though Obama… Read more »