Although I'm sure to get a lot of flack, there are a few reasons why Canadians should be supporting McCain as the next president of the United States of America. You can make fun of his running mate, Sarah Palin, all you want but if Canadians want to safeguard trade relations with the Americans, they should be looking towards McCain.
First, while Obama has openly stated that he'd "renegotiate" the North American Free Trade Agreement (meaning it would be more favourable to the States), McCain knows categorically that Canada is the States' greatest asset in free trading. He'd be much more agreeable to an open border so that imports and exports could cross unhindered. And he has a much better appreciation of the interconnectedness of his nation and ours.
In June, McCain spoke in Ottawa (our nation's capital, for our American friends who didn't know that) where he told the Economic Club of Toronto, "There are many shared interests that require our attention today, and many Canadians here I am very proud to call friends...the strength of that partnership is more vital than ever. The economic community we have founded, together with our alliance and the values we hold in common, have served our people for decades and has served us well. It will fall to the next president to strengthen these ties still further, adding to the security and prosperity of all of North America." Remember, most Canadians live in the corridor running along the border between the two countries, so simple things like cross-border shopping and tourism need to be preserved - for us both.
Second, McCain knows that Canada is America's number 1 largest supplier of oil. He knows that Canada has the second-largest oil reserves in the world and that 60% of the energy produced in Canada is hydroelectric - clean energy. McCain would be more responsive to continuing to import oilsands petroleum than Obama would. These exports factor extensively into Canada's economy.
Third, Canada has just re-elected Stephen Harper, Conservative, to Prime Minister. It would bode well for harmonious relationships between the two countries as both Harper and McCain lean right and are both westerners. And McCain has strongly acknowledged Canada's role in Afghanistan.
Did any of my fellow Canadians know that Obama referred to the "president of Canada" in one of his campaign speeches? That just goes to show how ignorant he is of our country, how it's run, and how important it is to have positive and ethical relationships between us. I think Obama would make a very good president - some day. But that day is not next Tuesday, November 4th, 2008.
Just today, McCain reiterated that he disagrees with the current president on economic policies. "My approach is to get spending under control," McCain said.
Although Canada is typically a more liberal and socialist country, we must take a look at the situation we're all in right now - economically. Isn't it better to elect someone who knows the ropes and Canada, someone who can actually accomplish something right now?
Just my two cents worth, Canadian - and that sure ain't worth much today!
By the way, you might want to check out Josie's current post entitled "Be Careful What You Wish For..."