Source: VPR, 3-22-11
From Vermont Edition: Getting Along: Canadian-U.S. Relations
AP/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, shakes hands with United States President Barack Obama after taking part in a joint press conference in February in Washington, D.C.
According to McGill University Professor Gil Troy, the U.S. is a tone setter for pop culture and political culture and Canada can get caught up in the wake of this colossus. But Americans tend to look at Canada as “the nice nation next door” with some interesting little idiosyncrasies.
David Biette, director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, says that U.S. officials pay little mind to Canada because the relationship between the two countries just “works.”
Troy and Biette will be moderating a conference this week at McGill University looking at the relationship between Canada and the United States.
Click Listen to hear Jane Lindholm’s interview with Gil Troy and David Biette.
Getting Along: Canadian-U.S. Relations
Tuesday, 03/22/11 Noon and 7pm
Canada and the United States tend to agree on most everything. But Canada has taken a different tack on wars in Iraq and Vietnam. And there are also differences of opinion on trade and energy.
So is it a perfect marriage between the two countries separated by the 49th Parallel? A conference convenes in Montreal this week to answer the question. We hear from McGill University Professor Gil Troy and David Biette, director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, on what Canadians really think about their southern neighbors.
Let us know what you’ve observed about the relationship between these two countries and if there are any issues on the horizon that could alter it. Post your comments or questions here or email them to Vermontedition@vpr.net.
Plus, Montreal’s charter calls it “a French-speaking city,” but a recent survey conducted by the Association of Canadian Studies found that 81% of Quebecers thinks it’s bilingual. We hear from those living in Montreal about what they think.
And, VPR’s Bob Kinzel provides an update on what’s going on in the State House during this 71st biennial session of the Legislature.