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"I know that Nature designs that this whole continent, not merely these thirty-six states, shall be, sooner or later, within the magic circle of the American union."
William Seward, Secretary of State, 1867
Canada - United States. [A depiction of hands shaking across the border] . 55. C anada - États-Unis. [Représentation d'une poignée de mains à la frontière] . LAC, Acc. No. 1959-82-26R:B, John Muir, 1878
"The frontier settlements in Canada were orderly, while the revolver, the bowie-knife, and 'Judge Lynch' ruled along the borders of civilization in the United States."
Col. George Taylor Denison, 1 February 1889
"Canada is like an apple on a tree just beyond our reach. Let it alone, and in due time it will into our hands."
James G. Blaine, Secretary of State, 1889-1892
To Canada, 1903
Conception patriotique, « The Centennial of Peace ». LAC, Acc. No. 1937-130-3,
Sadie Stull, 1914
"Canada, which had done its best to shake off the grip of British imperialism in the first great war, was now finding itself caught in a similar grip of American imperialism in the second."
Pierre Berton, Marching Us to War
In 1936 American entrepreneur Robert McCormick built a pulp and paper mill in Baie Comeau, Quebec. He came up with the idea while canoeing in the area in 1915. This statue, by an American sculptor, was erected in Baie Comeau after his death in 1955. How is Robert McCormick viewed in the statue as opposed to the cartoon?
"The American invasion by film, radio and periodical is formidable. Much of what comes to us is good. . . It has, however, been represented to us that many of the radio programmes of the 'crime' and 'horror' type, are positively harmful. News commentaries too, and even live broadcasts from American sources, are designed for American ears and are almost certain to have an American slant and emphasis by reason of what they include or omit, as well as because of the opinions expressed."
Royal Commission on Arts, Letters and Sciences, 1951
"Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. What unites us is far greater than what divides us."
John F. Kennedy, House of Commons, 17 May 1961
Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and President John F. Kennedy, August 1964
"Canadians ask themselves whether they have become free of Britain's colonial influence only to fall under the spell of the United States' economic imperialism."
Walter Gordon, A Choice for Canada, 1966
"Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant; no matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I may call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. Even a friendly nuzzling can sometimes lead to frightening consequences."
Pierre Elliot Trudeau, 25 March 1969
"Having failed to annex us physically or woo us successfully, the Americans, it seemed, had developed a far more subtle and potentially more dangerous tactic; they would dominate our brains, mould our culture in their style, and achieve a bloodless victory. Through American professors, American books, American films, American art curators, they would completely and eternally subjugate us."
Raymond Reid, The Canadian Style, 1971
"The central problem for Canada is how to live in harmony with, but distinct from, the most powerful and dynamic society on earth."
Mitchell Sharp, Globe and Mail, 8 November 1971
"Without a vibrant feature film industry, we will always and inevitably export our best talent. It is a culturally devastating loss. It is also a preposterous economic waste. Imaging mobilizing our educational system to train doctors, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs in order to sent the most brillian of them abroad to serve and enrich another economy. This is what we do in film."
Allan King, address, 21 January 1999