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The ability to claim that we are Canadian while abroad
In 2006, Canada’s energy exports to the U.S. were valued at almost US$75 billion. Canada supplied 17 percent of U.S. imports of crude and refined oil products – more than any other country at over 2.3 million barrels per day.
Canada provided 86 percent of all U.S. natural gas imports and approximately one-third of the uranium used in U.S. nuclear power plants.
The United States devotes less than $1 million a year to the task and much of the equipment, including some military surplus items, is outdated. Canadian counterparts work with a similar budget.
''We need to replace a lot of equipment that's just worn out. We have very few pieces of equipment that aren't worn out,'' said Kyle Hipsley, the agency's acting U.S. commissioner in Washington, D.C.
The 1,952-mile Mexican border is handled by a much larger agency, the International Boundary and Water Commission, which has a U.S. budget of $30 million. Its duties include flood control, sanitation issues and sharing of waters from the Rio Grande and Colorado rivers, in addition to marking the border.
There are 334 Border Patrol agents on the entire Canadian border, compared with 9,056 agents on the Mexican border, according to Callie Gagnon, spokeswoman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Vermont.
None of the suspects in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is known to have crossed the border from Canada.
Canada-U.S. Trade Relationship
The relationship between Canadian and U.S. defense industries is part of a wider partnership of trade and investment between the two countries. The Canada-United States trading partnership is the largest in the world. Each country is the other’s largest trading partner: 80 percent of Canada’s merchandise exports go to the United States and 77 percent of its merchandise imports come from south of the border. On the American side, 22 percent of exports and 20 percent of imports are with Canada. Moreover, 68 percent of the foreign direct investment in Canada is U.S.-owned, and Canadian companies account for a large segment of foreign direct investment in the United States.
Well, with only two real borders in our country, the comparison must be made,
and the assumption that it could be just as bad in the north as it has been in the south.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection FY 2006 Budget
President Bush’s FY 2006 Budget for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Totals $6.7 Billion -- Nearly a 4.8% Increase
America’s Shield Initiative (ASI)
Totals $51.1 million for America’s Shield Initiative (ASI), including $19.8 million for new investments.
Additional Border Patrol Staffing
Provides $36.9 million for 210 additional Border Patrol Agents, directly supporting the strategic goal to increase and extend control of the borders between the ports of entry.
Border Patrol Aircraft Replacements
Adds $20 million to replace Vietnam era helicopters with 12 new helicopters.
The modernized aircraft is essential to continue air support to the ground units patrolling the vast border areas.
Answer to Socratic Questions;
Why do you feel French Canada is the largest drawback to having us as a neighbour?
Mayonnaise on our cheeseburgers. (seriously)
1-Do you see these "Economic Benefits" Continuing as the dollar slides on the international market?
No but that is irrelevant to this topic. The topic isn't discussing a future scenario but a near past and present one.
Socratic question 1.
Do you agree that having such a militarized country to our South is indeed a greater benefit to Canada?
Socratic question 2.
In relation to question 1, why or why not?
Socratic question 3.
Has America benefitted more politcally from having Canada as it's neighbour?
Canada’s productivity performance has improved significantly since 1997.
Our average annual productivity growth increased from 1.1 per cent between 1980 and 1996 to 1.7 per cent between 1997 and 2004.
And to rebut my opponents accusation of manipulating my value data, this was due to my limit of 5 sources.
The Canadians, by way of an unfortunate geographical position, find themselves in a cross fire with any shooting war the U.S. could be in
Mastering the art of diplomacy erases such needs
Lester B. Pearson, the Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs and then later the Canadian Prime Minister,
proposed the development of an international peace force under the United Nations. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his visionary idea. Since this time, there have been over fifty United Nations peacekeeping missions of which Canada have been involved.
The size of the Canadian navy has no bearing, as what would Canada need to defend against since 1980?
1. Do you feel that the actions of the U.S. over the last 28 years will result in, or has resulted in, Canada becoming a casualty by association in the war on terror?
2.If yes, is this a worth while price to pay?
3. If not, can you see your country avoiding such an attack with it's connections to our country?
In Canada, an increase in laboratory seizures over the last few years indicates increasing MDMA production, particularly in the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. All MDMA labs uncovered in Canada since 2000 were set up to produce multi-kilogram amounts. Canadian law enforcement dismantled 6 labs in 2000, 8 labs in 2001, 11 labs in 2002 and 12 labs in 2003.
Limited production of MDMA occurs in the United States; law enforcement officials dismantled 8 labs in 2000, 11 labs in 2001, 11 labs in 2002, and 7 labs in 2003. The production capabilities of these labs range from small amounts (gram quantities) to kilogram quantities.
Illicit drug-related crime: Drug crime involves illicit substances such as possession and supply. In 1997, cannabis offences accounted for 7 in 10 of the reported 66,521 drug-related incidents. Cannabis offences grew steadily at about 6% annually since 1991. Continuing the downward trend since 1992, coc aine offences dropped in 1997 (-1.6%). After a large increase in 1996 (+8%) offences involving other drugs such as heroin and amphetamines increased by 1% in 1997. The highest level for drug-related offences is in the Yukon Territory, followed by Northwest Territory and British Columbia. Prince Edward Island has the lowest rate. In 1991 and 1992, 51 people were killed in connection with drug disputes. In 1992, 31% of those accused of personal robbery and 40% of those accused of commercial robbery were on a substance during the incident.
Drug-related Violence: Drug disputes, especially over dealing territories, give rise to violence and sometimes death. Without the level of gun possession seen in the United States, Canadian drug-related homicides remain low compared to its Southern neighbour. This has changed somewhat in Vancouver, due to an increase in territorial battles and in Quebec, with deaths involving bombing by biker gangs.
Drug Use and Correctional Service: The increasing numbers of drug users imprisoned over the last twenty years means that prisons are the single largest response to the drug problem in many countries. A 1989/90 study by Correctional Services Canada found that more than 10% of 371 prisoners used drugs every day in the 6 months before being incarcerated and 17% had regular drinking binges. Sixty-four percent of offenders said they used alcohol or drugs on the day of their crime. Studies in other countries found that 20-30% of prisoners injected drugs at least once a week before committing the crime that sent them to jail. More resources appear to be used in moving drug users through the criminal system than on any other form of management, medical or social.
Since the early 1970s, drug offences have accounted for more than a third of the growth in the incarcerated population and since 1980, the incarceration rate for drug arrests has increased 1,000 percent. Twenty-five percent of the new inmates in New York State are "drug only" offenders, with no record of other types of crimes. Canada has the highest number of drug arrests per capita of any nation other than the United States. There are currently about 1200 inmates serving time for drug-related offences in Canadian federal prisons (offenders who receive more than 2 years of confinement) and several thousand serving time for drug-related crime in the provincial system (less than 2 years). Canadian drug legislation and enforcement has been described as having "a bite worse than its bark".
Some of the Actors...
Aykroyd, Dan:Bain, Conrad: Bairstow, Scott: Bluteau, Lothaire :
Bochner, Lloyd:Burr, Raymond: Candy, John: Carrey, Jim: Carson, Jack: Chaykin, Maury:Chong, Thomas: Colicos, John: Cronyn, Hume: Doohan, James: Elliott, David James: Foley, David: Ford, Glenn: Fox, Michael J.:Fraser, Brendan: Frewer, Matt:
George, Chief Dan: Goulet, Robert: Greene, Graham: Greene, Lorne:
Greenwood, Bruce: Gross, Paul: Hartman, Phil: Hill, Arthur: Huston, Walter: Ireland, John: Ironside, Michael: Levy, Eugene: Lockhart, Gene: McCormack, Eric: McCulloch, Bruce: CMcDonald, Kevin: Comedian. MacDonald, Norm: McKinney, Mark: Mandel, Howie: Manners, David: Massey, Raymond: Moranis, Rick: Morse, Barry:Myers, Mike:
Neville, John: Nielsen, Leslie: Ontkean, Michaelerry, Matthew: Pidgeon, Walter:
Pinsent, Gordon: Plummer, Christopher: Priestley, Jason: Qualen, John:Reeves, Keanu:
Since 1980, our movie industry and television productions have increased their on sight Canadian productions, and the exposure of such products on Canadian Markets as well.
in 2006, film and TV spending in Ontario was $888 million.
In 2006, spending on film and TV production in B.C. was $1.228 Billion
In the United States, there has been an alarming trend towards the abuse of illegal and illicit drugs.
Since the early 1970s, drug offences have accounted for more than a third of the growth in the incarcerated population and since 1980, the incarceration rate for drug arrests has increased 1,000 percent.
Twenty-five percent of the new inmates in New York State are "drug only" offenders, with no record of other types of crimes.
The U.S. federal government spent over $19 billion dollars in 2003 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $600 per second. The budget has since been increased by over a billion dollars.
Seeing as the gains made by Canada are also tainted by the negative impact of our own culture,
do you believe Canada might have been better off attached to a country that has less cultural impact, even if it meant less trade?
Good battle. If I was to pretend like I was judging a boxing match, I'd go 10-8 in favor of GAOTU789.
Jasonjnelson put up a great fight, but GAOTU789's arguments were far too solid. I never saw any real rebuttals to GAOTU's talk of benefiting from close trade, exports, and a smaller military budget.
Meanwhile, jasonjnelson's argument that we saved more money but cutting down on our border budget to the north didn't do it for me.
GAOTU789 wins 10-8 in my book.
I read through the debate and I would have to say that GAOTU789 was the winner.