How does the United States view Canada? As a country too unimportant
to deserve any defined policy, or one that is to be used simply to
complement the U.S. mission in the world?
This book investigates the gap between Canadian perceptions of
American policy toward Canada and actual U.S. policy. Edelgard Mahant
and Graeme Mount examine details of White House policy from 1945 to the
1980s to assess the extent to which the United States could be said to
have had a Canada policy. They analyze Canada's role in American
foreign policy during the crisis days of the Cold War, and they also
discuss economic issues, such as natural resources, trade, and
This book takes on and undermines widely held views of American
policies toward Canada. It challenges the popular nationalist view that
Canada has been treated as peripheral and dependent, but it also
counters the opposing view that Washington has respected Canadian
advice and benefitted from it. Instead, it argues that for the most
part Canada has mattered little in Washington and that America's
Canada policy is largely an ad hoc affair.
Invisible and Inaudible in Washington offers penetrating
new perspectives on American-Canadian relations -- a topic about which
many Canadians thought there was little more to say and about which
many Americans have scarcely thought at all.
Edelgard Mahant teaches in the Department of Political Science at Glendon College, York University. Graeme S. Mount teaches in the Department of History at Laurentian University.
Acknowledgments Abbreviations 1. Canada as Seen from the United States 2. The Cold War, Part I (1945-60) 3. The Cold War, Part II (Since 1961) 4. North-South Issues 5. Canada as a Source of Natural Resources 6. Policies on American Investment in Canada 7. Canada in American Trade Policy 8. Conclusions Notes Index