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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
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
"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."
George Taylor Denison, 1 February 1889
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
Pierre Berton, Marching Us to War
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."
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."
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
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
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
"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
Allan King, address, 21 January 1999