MORE 2014/15 CHANGES INEVITABLE FOR CANADA
An example of how much that change has become ingrained is to watch the recently elected reconstructed Conservative Party of Canada designated Foreign Minister John Baird practice a different brand of diplomacy. The country’s leading diplomat seems to operate with an attitude of superiority based on the nation’s largely undeveloped world envied natural resources. Future challenges to Canadian sovereignty such as Russia’s Arctic resource claims will undoubtedly create increased military tensions. The drive by rapidly growing Asian nations such as China and even India to capitalize and possibly overpower the ownership of the vast supply of Canada’s natural resources through what might be considered unacceptable investment tactics is a long term worry to some think tanks. In those aspects the change in diplomatic direction might prove detrimental in the long run.
The solution to such issues is only naturally to become a cooperative nation rather than taking sides on issues that are usually of limited concern. The political estrangement with Canada’s traditional largest trading partner America due to political differences might not be conducive to long term Canadian prosperity. The present government has regularly stated a political party preference well to the political right of the present US elected regime.
American corporations traditionally protect the Canada/US relationship by investing heavily in Canadian natural resource industries and in the past manufacturing projects, although the sector is currently reportedly in serious decline. To begin allowing other nations to establish an economic foothold because the country’s neighbor and traditional partner is undergoing a financial crisis might result in a less secure Canada. This nation always depended upon the military world power to the south to protect its massive borders because of the close proximity of the two countries. The protection was always welcomed but recently seems to have been taken for granted.
If the United States needs to belt tighten due to the current financial crisis a decline in military spending would undoubtedly affect its military might leaving Canada more vulnerable to outside military influences. Canadian armed forces are one of the smallest and according to media reports traditionally underfunded.
Traditions change and whether Canada will continue to turn away from supporting the UN while siding with Israel’s current prime minister when the electorate is so divided on his longevity as leader might influence future decisions. America could possibly reduce military presence in Canada but the huge amount of American funding in the nation’s natural resources and many other sectors probably means the decline will only be belt tightening. Canadians realize the nation’s financial status as an independent nation is dependent on increased resource development funded by other nations. Traditions and alliances might change due to world conditions and issues but without a doubt Canadian politics always have been ingrained in any change and that will continue. The British influence that was so strong over the centuries is in steep decline except possibly for the pomp and circumstances surrounding the Crown. America is still Canada’s closest ally and the country will undoubtedly remain a strong part of the Canadian economy in concert to a great degree with the United States. So traditions might fluctuate to accommodate politics but the basis of a strong independent Canada will remain the envy of most world citizens.
The next Canadian federal election in 2015 will dictate how much of the change experienced in the past decade or more will remain in effect. If Canadians decide to extend the Conservative Party mandate as a majority government the changes will undoubtedly remain and expand. If on the other hand the opposition New Democratic Party or the recently politically crushed Liberal Party should win a majority or more likely garner enough votes to form another minority government the changes would still happen but at a different scale and direction.