Agreed. But whatever it is we want to reduce exports to, corporate America still wants 60%. It's in writing. Signed sealed and delivered long time ago. I suggest that the NDP propose that Ottawa not approve of anymore new oil sands projects. The pipelines are another thing. They've got a phony majority for four years.
The US violates NAFTA and existing WTO treaties on an ongoing basis. There is little beyond political will and insouciance that prevents Canada, ie, we Canadians, from collectively crushing this monstrous thing. Any of this shit can be argued in Int'l Court, and even successfully. Canada doesn't stand a chance from an economic POV - the US is our major market - but Int'l support might be more helpful.
This is absolutely correct, even though I had to lookup the word 'insuzyance'.
I think the NDP looks at it in the way that NAFTA could easily be renegotiated and even abrogated if it came down to that. Ottawa is holding a big hand in any free trade negotiations that could take place if they possessed the political will to actually pursue our sovereign rights to bargain and trade freely. They do not, however.
I don't want Americans in the Northern US to freeze in the dark anymore than Canadians. It's why we must pursue conservation and efficiency so that as many Northern USians and Canadians have the right not to freeze in the dark for as long as possible. And we need to invest in alternative energy science in the mean time. The US is our natural geographic trade partner just as the U.S. is for Cuba and vice versa. We are all interconnected and interdependent with one another and must collectively decide to do the right thing. Otherwise we will be putting undue pressure on future generations to make hard choices. Otherwise we will be staring into the abyss sooner than necessary.