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A Canadian solution? Making Waves by not Making Waves

February 16, 2009

Not sure if anyone on Canada’s World has linked this piece yet, but Fareed Zakaria– a well known political pundit with Newsweek– recently pontificated on the public policy common sense evolution here in Canada. While American, European and Asian economic and political institutions teeter on the abyss of the global financial crisis, Canada seems well prepared to weather the storm, or at least better prepared than its principal allies.

Zakaria thinks its time American policy makers look north for a “Canadian solution”. Making waves by not making waves: a true Canadian innovation.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. canworldjon permalink*
    February 26, 2009 6:00 pm

    That’s an interesting observation, Shauna. We might very well be better off looking further abroad for guidance, and standards of success, rather than worry, endlessly, about our relationship with the U.S., and whether they see anything we do as worthwhile.

    Still, with Canadian public opinion of our neighbours sky high, and a President interested in strengthening, not straining, America’s international ties, it seems like a good time – notwithstandng the tough economic challenges – to solidify and build some common projects with the United States. Zakaria, to his credit, is smart enough to see this first, just from the other side of the divide. Will Canadians see the opportunity too?

  2. February 17, 2009 2:29 pm

    Thanks for introducing the Newsweek article to our blog. It’s an interesting piece. The comparisons to the US are striking. It demonstrates that our Peace, Order and Good Governance approach may be boring, but it delivers results.

    It would be interesting to look at each of the indicators that Zakaria uses to compare Canada with the US and evaluate them against our own past performance or use them to compare us to other European countries. Although the US might look north for benchmarks, I think Canada might be better served looking across the Atlantic or historically in evaluating our success.

    Shauna

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