Rotstein, Abraham
October 1976
Foreign Affairs;Oct76, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p97
This article examines the current state of nationalism in Canada and its relationship with the U.S., as of October 1976. Despite recent appearances, this nationalism is still frail and, considering the circumstances, a belated arrival on the political scene. On the cultural side the situation is no better. About half of the university professors in the humanities and social sciences are non-Canadian. The attempt to deal more forcefully with the high percentages of American control of the manufacturing industry is not on the immediate political agenda. This will have to await a further development of public consciousness around the issue of a national industrial strategy designed to integrate more directly our resource production and manufacturing activity. All that Canadian nationalists can hope for now is that the few cultural initiatives will be sustained, that the screening and review process on foreign companies will be expanded and that resource nationalism will become the political base for expanded initiatives by Canadians to become masters in their own house. But a realignment of the old liberal credo, wearing its complementary faces in both countries, may not be the best preparation for what is to come. In Canada, an old set of historical hang-ups may just be coming into place. The power question in all its new and interlocking dimensions goes to the heart of the matter in Canadian-American relations.


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