(Dr. Geoffrey Hale, Political Science)
Globe and Mail, Monday, November 5, 2012
If, as the balance of polling and probability suggest, Barack Obama squeaks out a narrow win Tuesday, most Canadians will heave a happy sigh, hoping it signals that the United States is not yet beyond redemption.
If Mitt Romney prevails, many of those same Canadians will be ready to write the United States off – at least for four years, perhaps longer.
This is because most Canadians don’t, and never will, understand the South.
Geoffrey Hale teaches political science at the University of Lethbridge and is the author of So Near Yet So Far, a new book on Canada-U.S. relations.
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