Review: You Can’t Pick Your Family

When Liberal MP Carolyn Parrish launched a bitter anti-U.S. rant for the TV cameras in 2003 – “Damn Americans, I hate those bastards,” she said – nobody noted her hometown of Mississauga, Ont. was headquarters for Wal-Mart Canada, GE Canada and Hershey Canada. Thus the “continuing paradox” of Canada-US relations, writes political scientist Geoffrey Hale. The same Canadians who harp on “American untrustworthiness” – like, say, MPs from Mississauga – will never hesitate to “take advantage of their proximity to the United States to get the most they can from the relationship.”

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