Cross-border delivery services are an important part of the American and Canadian economies. The relationship between the two nations is familial in nature. Canadians and Americans have a long history of being mistaken for each other while abroad, heckling each other over the Stanley Cup, and waving at each other from opposite sides of Niagara Falls. Our foreign policies, therefore, can often feel more like domestic bickering than serious international dispute.
The fact remains that, in the last six years, Canada and the United States have had some differences in opinion. Politically, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama have taken very different stances on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Harper holding his ground in backing Israel and President Obama asking Israel to view the conflict with Palestinian eyes.
Economically, the United States has put a six-year delay on the Keystone XL pipeline that would cross the Canadian border into the U.S. to deliver Canadian crude oil. Another point of conflict from a business standpoint has been the U.S. mandated country-of-origin labeling law that took effect in 2009. With the recent U.S. push to “buy American”, this law has cost the beef and pork industry in Canada about $1 billion per year in exports.
These larger scale differences are starting to affect public opinion on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border. When polled on national security, border security, anti-terrorism and energy policies, both Americans and Canadians have showed a stronger reluctance each year since 2009 to embrace a more cooperative effort with the other country’s policies.
Whether it is a result of two very different figureheads in power, or just a natural North American sibling rivalry flaring it’s head, Canadians and Americans are out of sync. But all conversation is good conversation, and as long as we are keeping the lines of international communication open, we will be able to benefit from each other’s counsel. Let Speed Global Services keep you a part of the conversation with our cross-border delivery services. Around the corner or around the world…Speed delivers!
Post by Mike Diati