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Welcome to the March 14 edition of Canada Institute News, our biweekly newsletter that keeps you up to date on the activities of the Canada Institute and important events and news concerning the Canada-U.S. relationship. Unsubscribe here.


"Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country,"

A Conversation with Diane Francis

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.

Though the United States and Canada are the world's largest trading partners, internal politics and long wait times at the shared border have hurt both trade and tourism. With Asian economies on the rise, noted Canadian journalist Diane Francis argues that the United States and Canada should merge to become an economic superpower-- one with unparalleled access to natural resources. Several panelists will join Francis to discuss larger implications of the merger she lays out in her book, “Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country.” For more information and to RSVP, please click here.


Fire and Ice Revisited:  American and Canadian Social Values in the Age of Obama and Harper

Friday, March 14, 2014 from 9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.

Michael Adams, author of “Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values” and president of Environics Research Group, presented his recent research on the continuing evolution of Canadian and American social values. For event summary and full video, please visit our website.

Smuggling on the U.S.- Canada Border: Contraband, Crime, and Terror

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The “Smuggling on the U.S-Canada Border: Contraband, Crime, and Terror” half-day conference brought together First Nations leaders, subject matter specialists, and government officials to conduct one of the first dialogues on bi-national contraband to be held in the United States. For more information, please visit our website.


Is Geography Destiny? A Primer on North American Relations

The Wilson Center’s Canada Institute and Mexico Institute released “Is Geography Destiny? A Primer on North American Relations,” on February 18, 2014. The report shifts the frame of analysis on key issues facing North America from a dual-bilateral to a trilateral framework. Though designed to be largely descriptive, it has several policy recommendations as well. To download the full text of the publication, please visit our website.

"Difficult to Draw a Balance Sheet": Ottawa Views the 1974 Canada-USSR Hockey Series

In the Cold War International History Projects' Working Paper #68, "Difficult to Draw a Balance Sheet": Ottawa Views the 1974 Canada-USSR Hockey Series, author John Soares uses Canadian archival sources to examine the diplomatic planning and difficulties surrounding the 1974 Canada-USSR hockey series. To download the full text of the publication, please visit our website.


The Wilson Center announced the appointment of David Jacobson as the new U.S. co-chair of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute Advisory Board on March 7th. Jacobson currently serves as the vice chairman of BMO Financial Group in Chicago. Prior to joining BMO, Jacobson served as the 22nd United States Ambassador to Canada from 2009 to 2013.

The United States Senate voted to confirm Bruce Heyman as the 23rd United States Ambassador to Canada after a six month delay and recent pressure from business groups to act on confirmation. Heyman, from Chicago as was his predecessor, has been managing director of private wealth management at Goldman Sachs since 1999. He has been a long-time donor to Obama, and served on his National Finance Committee during the previous election.

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing on March 13 to discuss whether the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest of the United States. Jim Jones, former national security advisor to President Obama and retired Marine Corps general, said that building the pipeline would send a message to Vladimir Putin, whom he accused of using energy security as a weapon. In response, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune argued that “the Keystone XL pipeline is not compatible with a climate-safe world.” Recent polling by the Washington Post and ABC News found that construction of Keystone XL is overwhelmingly favored in the United States, but new data from Canada Institute Global Fellow Nik Nanos indicates that support in the United States has dropped more than 10 percent in the last year.

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has called a provincial election for April 7. Despite the goal of Quebec sovereignty explicitly in the Parti Quebecois platform, Marois has downplayed talk of another referendum. High profile PQ recruit Pierre Karl Péladeau, former CEO of media conglomerate Quebecor, focused on Quebec independence in the initial press conference announcing his candidacy, but the party has tried to move the focus to the economy instead of independence..


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