Since 1980, Canada Has Benefited More Than The United States By Having A Shared Border.
As my opponent stated, it is important to anaylze trends since 1980 til present. Where these trends go in the future, contrary to my opponents
contention, have no bearing on this debate. The trends have been upward, with bumps along the way. To show this, let's look at the growth in
Canada's GDP since 1980.
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.
As you can see, with the exception of the two recessions mentioned early, our GDP has been steadily climbing since 1980. So the trend is upwards.
I would also like to remind my opponent that the debate question is...
Since 1980, Canada Has Benefited
More Than The United States By Having A Shared Border. It doesn't say will or is going to, it says has. So
future speculation, as I mentioned, is irrelevant.
And to rebut my opponents accusation of manipulating my value data, this was due to my limit of 5 sources.
No accusation, I was pointing out for our readers and judges the fact that you cherry picked dates and data.
The Canadians, by way of an unfortunate geographical position, find themselves in a cross fire with any shooting war the U.S. could be
You say cross fire, eh? If it came to the US actually being in a shooting war, we would be standing beside you, not ducking your bullets. Don't
forget that. It is our continent too.
Mastering the art of diplomacy erases such needs
Up until very recently, that is what Canada has been known as; masters of Diplomacy. The bulk of our military deployments have been as UN peace
keepers in everywhere from the Gaza strip to Bosnia to Cambodia. Our relationship with the states has allowed us to do that. A benefit of geographic
location clearly. As a matter of fact, it was a Canadian who developed the UN peace keeping corps, the Blue Helmets.
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.
This map is taken from that link also. Have a look at the hotspots around the world where Canada is deployed in peacekeeping missions...
Even in Afghanistan, we have NGO's working with UN mandates trying to rebuild schools, help farmers, feed villages, etc... Since 1980, Canada has
been involved in many peacekeeping missions, those contributions have included both diplomatic and armed personal.
As you can see, we have a history of Diplomacy which we have been able to cultivate due to the lack of threats from hostile countries, which stems
from our proximity to America. Again, a benefit to Canada.
The size of the Canadian navy has no bearing, as what would Canada need to defend against since 1980?
What would we need to defend against? With a coast that is 202,080 km(151,485miles) long, the longest BY FAR, you don't think we have anything to
defend against? How about drug smuggling, illegal fishing, Arctic sovereignty, to name a few. I'm guessing you're from a land locked state and
don't appreciate the significance of coastal security.
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?
No. We aren't a casualty neither directly nor by association. We have our part to play in this war on terror. I'll be straight forward with this
reply, as I don't believe in obfuscating my position on this. This is one of the major drawbacks to being so closely related to America, there is no
question about that. Saying that, I really don't believe that we are a casualty in this war on terror, we are an active participant, not a
bystander.We lost citizens as well on 9/11, don't forget that. This may cause the proverbial chickens to come home to roost but that remains to be
2.If yes, is this a worth while price to pay?
My answer was no.
3. If not, can you see your country avoiding such an attack with it's connections to our country?
I hope so. As long as intelligence sharing happens, we may. Again though, future happenings are not part of this debate.
Anyway, on with the show.
The next aspect I would like to touch on is a cultural one. Sports to be more specific.Our athletes have gained immensely from bordering on the
Look at the National Hockey League. In the 1980/81 season, the NHL grew again. They had seventeen teams and grew to 21. Between 81 and 2000, they have
grown to 30 teams. This expansion has helped
Canadian kids realize a a dream we all have growing up in Canada of playing in the NHL. Right now there are about 750 rostered players in the NHL,
with about 380 being Canadian. Thats far and away
the most for any Nationality. Without the growth of the league into the American market, the numbers would be different. With the salaries what they
are at about 1.9 million dollars, that's a lot of money that comes back into Canada.
With only six teams presently, and eight being the historic high number of teams in Canada, these Canadian kids wouldn't have the opportunity to Play
and make that kind of money, if it wasn't for the other 24 American teams.
Then there's America's pasttime, baseball. There aren't alot of Canadians playing in the Major's, but there a few. Of those who are currently
playing and have played, there are alot of stars for the ratio of players. Currently,
the likes of Jason Bay,Ryan Dempster and Justin Morneau and historical players such as Larry Walker and Eric Gagne, these fellows have had the chance
to shine because baseball is a part of the American culture. With the two teams from here, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Montreal Expos, who are now
the Washington Nationals, baseball became a goal of kids in Canada. I can attest to this personally as my home town has one of the best little league
and minor league baseball programs in Canada. You can see the explosion of baseball, and the quality of players from Canada after the Jays won back to
back World Series in '92 and '93. It gave a whole generation of kids the hope and desire to play in the Big Leagues.
Toronto would never have had a MLB team if Canada was located next to Norway or Germany.
I'll ask my one question to finish this response.
Socratic question 1.
What are the cultural benefits to America with having Canada as a neighbour?