JIM MILES—Canada’s foreign policy is often seen domestically as being a benefit for the world. Nothing surprising in that as most of the propaganda to support Canada’s foreign affairs is directed at the domestic population, as is done within other countries [the most prominent example being the USA]. Right from the beginning, when Canada was essentially ‘settled’ and the Indian problems had been removed either to the reservations or to the impoverished centers of major towns and cities, Canada’s imperial role, under British guidance, continued.
Canada has never lost the cultural ties to the British that promote imperial military adventurism overseas. Those links did weaken, but the neighbourly presence of the United States and the increasing encroachment of U.S. affairs binding Canada to the U.S. have directed Canada – willingly for the most part – to support U.S. foreign policies. It is not always military activities binding the two countries. NATO, NAFTA, NORAD and other agreements make Canada an effective part of the U.S.empire.