The influence of the U.S. is felt everywhere, perhaps nowhere more than in Canada. As such close neighbors, it is essential that Canadians better understand the U.S. Canada is affected by the U.S., both directly and indirectly, in a number of ways:
- Canada’s economy is highly dependant on the U.S. Canada is the U.S.’s most active trading partner. Canadian trade with the U.S. exceeds all Japanese and European trade with the U.S. combined. 80% of all Canada’s exports are destined for American markets.
- Canada is substantially affected by U.S. policies. Nowhere is this clearer than in the area of economic policy. For example, if the U.S. runs huge budget deficits the drain on investment affects Canada. Similarly, if the U.S. goes into recession, Canada will be deeply affected also.
- The same applies in the area of foreign policy. How the U.S. deals with future security challenges will have implications for Canada. The recent controversy over the missile defense system illustrates this. Such issues have major implications for Canada’s domestic politics and its place in the world community.
Owing to these links it is essential that Canadians better understand the U.S. and make well-informed decisions when dealing with their closest neighbor. The U.S. Studies Program helps this process. More thorough and rigorous understanding of the U.S. brings immediate and tangible benefits to Canada. The program will educate students on the sources and impacts of U.S. policies and help formulate open, moderate and rational Canadian responses to the benefit of Canadian industry, government and the public.