Saturday, September 15, 2007

SPP : Back to school edition

Hey teachers! Having trouble finding course materials that rebrand Canada as part of the North American Union?

Arizona State University is your one-stop go-to resource to find everything you need to - what was that happy phrase the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America used again? oh yeah - "to launch an educational project to teach the idea of a shared NA identity in schools".
Now I know what you're thinking : That it will all be written from a US point-of-view. Not so at all. They've got lots of Canadians on their link roster : Fraser Institute, C.D. Howe Institute, I.Asper School of Management. Plus there's papers on many now-familiar integration projects : Atlantica, PNWER, North America’s Super Corridor Coalition (NASCO).
Here's just a sample from a "teaching module" written by George Haynal, "Senior Fellow at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa-based vice president of public policy at Bombardier, Inc., and a former Canadian consulgeneral in New York" :

"The Next Plateau in North America- What's the Big Idea? Mapping the North American Reality" :
"The obligation to defend the North American landmass has become far more complicated now but defending ourselves and defending space that we share in North America still constitutes one inseparable set of obligations for both our countries. So we had better face up to the need not only to defend our territory but also to do it in a way that also constitutes a satisfactory contribution to
the defence of the United States."
"We must ensure that the critical infrastructure that serves us and which we share with the United States is protected against threats from terrorism or criminality. North American security is a joint need; it should be supplied as a common enterprise."
and in a section on Canadian companies (bold - mine):
"Ownership rules intended to ensure that owners were obliged to be "patriots" seem almost quaintly archaic at a time when multiple citizenship is so available, including to global investors."
You'll recognize some other familiar faces at the Arizona State U site as well.
Stephen Blank guided the Montreal-based North American Forum on Integration for Canadian, US, and Mexican students up here in April; while Robert Pastor, author of Toward a North American Community, was Vice Chair of The Task Force on the Future of North America and, yes, author of the concept : "to launch an educational project to teach the idea of a shared NA identity in schools".

Get 'em while they're young, I always say.

H/T to ToeDancer at Bread and Roses for the Arizona State U. link
(Cross-posted at Creekside)

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