Globalization, Americanization…

Where Will We Stand as a Nation?

 Adrielle Pelchat-Rochette 

The U.S. are currently electing a new President, and that both candidates’ ideas on growth and development are rather… radical, we, as Canadians and strong allies of our southern neighbours, may wonder what our nation’s future will be like. As a developed country, we are particularly affected by globalization, and it will definitely alter our ways.

Canada’s allies and tasks will most likely change in the next couple of years. As Stephen Azzi states in the Canadian Encyclopedia, “since the Second World War, the country has become more dependent on international trade, but most of this trade has been with the U.S., not the rest of the globe [1]”. However, with new emerged and emerging lands, such as China and India, and our open-mindedness to other cultures, it is undeniable that our market opportunities will get broader. Moreover, it is plausible (especially since the Republican nominee has declared wanting to renegotiate Nafta, qualifying it to be “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere [2]”, and that Clinton affirmed to put an end to any trade that could threaten Americans’ jobs, including Nafta) that we distance ourselves from Uncle Sam, which, according to Noam Chomsky, can be in decline[3]. This detachment is even more likely to happen, since Trudeau works passionately for our reputation as a model country all around the world, and that many nations want to make business with us. We are starting to gain more and more international political power, plus, it is to be expected that we take back a seat on the Security Council as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is “very much excited by such a strong commitment [from] Prime Minister Trudeau [4]”. Nonetheless, with power comes responsibility, and so we may be forced to take sides in conflicts and reaffirm our alliances. In a few words, many pieces of evidence lead us to think that Canada could become an even stronger nation, admired by many, but somewhat more distant from the United States and closer to other countries, because of the way our leaders choose to deal with globalization.

Consequently, there is a noteworthy chance that many alterations could occur in our culture in a near future. Our geographical proximity with the U.S. affects us tremendously, but the fact is that we are mostly influenced because of our exchanges with them and their political power, as John R. English claims in Canadian-American Relations[5]. Therefore, if we do distance ourselves from the U.S., globalization could ironically lead us to reject Americanization, and make us focus on our own culture. In brief, economical changes will also reflect on our principles.

To conclude, due to globalization, our country will probably diverge from what we are used to. Obviously, I decided to depict a rather optimistic vision on this subject, but keep in mind that our future might be a lot gloomier than that as many events seem to set certain elements together that have already lead to world wars.


[1]AZZI, Stephen. Globalization, [Online], Jan. 30, 2015, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/globalization/, (Page consulted on Oct. 9, 2016)

[2] VIEIRA, Paul. Canada’s Trudeau Confident Nafta Trade Deal Will Survive : Prime minister notes heated rhetoric about pact in U.S. presidential election, [Online], Oct. 7, 2016, http://www.wsj,com/articles /canadas-trudeau-confident-nafta-trade-deal-will-survive-1475859566, (Page consulted on Oct. 9, 2016)

[3] CHOMSKY, Noam. America in Decline, [Online], Aug. 5, 2011, https://chomsky.info/20110805/,

[4] KENT, Melissa, UN chief Ban Ki-moon 'excited' Canada ready to play leadership role : UN secretary general will visit Montreal after Ottawa, [Online], Feb 10, 2016, http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/un-chief-ban-ki-moon-excited-canada-ready-to-play-leadership-role-1.3441998 (Page consulted on Oct. 10, 2016)

[5] ENGLISH, John R., Canadian-American Relations, [Online], Apr. 3, 2015, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/canadian-american-relations/, (Page consulted on Oct. 11, 2016)

            

 

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