Canada Joining Game of Thrones?
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  • Bart Hall (Kansas, USA)

    Not only Pacific coastline, but a couple of magnificent natural harbors, one of which — Prince Rupert — is three days closer to Asia than Los Angeles. PR already has pretty good rail connections (and less weather-sensitive than the southern route into Vancouver), so a concerted effort to upgrade the port facilities in Prince Rupert would offer Canada significant advantages in the export of their grain, coal, minerals, petroleum, and manufactured goods.

  • Cunctator

    An interesting post. I suspect that, as with much of its foreign policy, the Harper government’s “outreach” to Asia is little more than an ad hoc scramble for buyers of its oil. That Obama’s idiotic decisions have pushed Ottawa to look east is without question, but we ought not to assume some sort of grand strategic thinking behind it. Harper is entirely about domestic politics and he cares little to nothing about global affairs: everything he does must be read in that light.

  • I am not a Canadian, so will read commentary on this topic from our friends Up North with interest. In the meantime, I do not fault Harper for putting the interests of Canada and Canadians FIRST: that’s his job. Would that we had the same sort of commitment toward Americans by American politicians! (Doubtful: they love the praise of foreigners more than their own fellow americans. It is said that when America catches a cold, the world catches pneumonia. American politicians that work for American interests is what appears to give the world colds.)

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