Wednesday, October 17, 2007
With the Global warming effects raising in US; Like water Shortage.From who we are going to depend on? Will be Canada or Mexico?.
U.S. not such a good neighbour Mallick
Scott Fenwick, News Staff
Monday, 15 October 2007
On 4 October, Canadian political journalist Heather Mallick spoke of her dread of Canada’s closeness with the United States—but some question the darkness in her message.
Mallick, a syndicated columnist for the CBC and the Globe and Mail, spoke to a full room in the Telus Centre, for the second Mel Hurtig Lecture on the Future of Canada. In her lecture, titled Pox Americana? How the US Will Take Over Canada, she highlighted Canada’s relationship with the US as being too close for comfort.
“Since George Bush was elected, I have talked about little else,” Mallick said. “The man has been a disaster to humanity, and I can’t shut up about it.”
Mallick predicted that once Americans start feeling the effects of global warming—around 2030—they will invade Canada for water. She said that Canada will remain liveable if it prepares for global warming, but she presumed the US wouldn’t prepare and, as a result, will suffer.
They will have our water, and if we do not want to give it to them, then at that point, I believe we will be attacked
“Their pursuit of happiness doesn’t encompass lowered expectations,” she said. “.”
But some who have studied international affairs aren’t so sure about the invasion that Mallick predicts.
Aimee Fullman, who presented a workshop on Canadian and American culture at an international youth leadership conference held in Edmonton last August, said that Americans aren’t even thinking about it.
“If anything, many Americans see Canada as a great refuge for a new life when they just can’t take it anymore,” Fullman, an American, said via email, pointing to the unpopularity of George Bush among Americans as partial justification for this movement.
Fullman’s co-presenter, Lisa Baroldi, who studied US/Canada relations with Fullman at Carleton University in Ottawa, added that there may be international agreements governing water use by that time, making an invasion impractical.
“To me, that’s the logical approach in a civil system of nations,” she said. “There are so many maybes.”
While the possibility of an invasion is controversial, Mallick stated a modern-day economic takeover is happening with the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) between Canada, Mexico, and the US. Mallick argued that the SPP mandates a common foreign policy, and makes it easier for the US to “grab” Canadian energy.
“It will essentially hand over Canada to the Unites States. It’s a […] project so huge and life-changing in its ambitions,” she said.
“It means blending Canada and the US to the point where the two countries are no longer two countries in any real sense of the word.”
However, Fullman countered that “further partnership or integration doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to come in the form of subjugating one nation to another.”
Baroldi added that the public at large still can’t be sure what the SPP means because all of its talks are in private. She said that it’s good that Canadians are talking about the SPP, but is concerned about the way it’s portrayed, given the lack of information.
“It’s just this fear aspect that really bothers me,” she said. “It’s reminiscent of George Bush’s approach to politics in the States—instilling fear in the people to get them to act in a certain way.”