Brief: U.S.-Canada Ties Get Complicated

The alliance is crucial for both countries and for the stability of North America.

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Background: The U.S.-Canada alliance is crucial for both countries and for the stability of North America. In fact, it’s difficult to find another pair of nations with such close national defense and security cooperation, to say nothing of their deeply connected economies. What Happened: U.S. President Joe Biden made good on two campaign promises that directly affect Canada: He revoked the permit that would allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and the U.S., saying the project didn’t serve U.S. interests, and he strengthened the “Buy American” procurement policy, which could deny Canadian companies access to $600 billion worth of U.S. government contracts. Canadian citizens and politicians alike have criticized the decision. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who led Canada in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement negotiations during the Trump administration, said Canada is no stranger to dealing with U.S. protectionism. Officials in oil-rich Alberta province, meanwhile, have called for sanctions against Washington. And as if this pipeline and protectionism business weren’t enough, the New Democratic Party, which actually supports Keystone’s cancellation, has called on Ottawa to designate the Proud Boys, a far-right political group in the U.S. with some Canadian members, a terrorist entity. Bottom Line: To be sure, […]

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