Thoughts on the Neoliberal Globalism Conference

Post ImageNow that the Globalism Conference is over and I’ve had a day or so to digest what I took in, I came up with some thoughts and observations. Megan also posted some post-conference thoughts. Here are mine, in no particular order:

  • I wonder how we get young people interested and involved in this type of content. Most people my age don’t even know what NAFTA really is, much less can they form an opinion on whether it is good or bad for Canada.
  • At a conference talking about challenges to American power, it was quite interesting that there were no sessions on China, India, or other up and coming countries. The lack of anything on China surprised me most of all. They are going to be the next superpower, and they are almost completely opposite of the United States. Surely there’s valuable information to be learned from examining the country.
  • I think I have altered my opinion on Alberta’s oil and gas industry. While I remain opposed to sharing everything with the other provinces and getting basically nothing in return, I understand the need for a national energy policy. As long as Alberta is given a very important position in such a policy’s creation and execution, I think it would be wise to pursue.
  • I think education and awareness is the biggest problem we face. Yes there were thousands of people protesting Iraq in front of the Whitehouse the other day, but how many of them have a good understanding of the causes and desires and ideals that resulted in the Iraq war? There is more to the story than just bringing the soldiers home.

I probably took more notes at this conference than I did at school all last week. I figure it’s the kind of thing that you have to take advantage of while you still can. It’s just too bad more people my age didn’t attend, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised – most of them don’t vote either.

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts on the Neoliberal Globalism Conference

  1. Yes unfortunately most Canadians feel comfortabble commenting on every facet of US policy without having a clue about the Constitution and how the country is governed. And they assume that all Americans must be hateful warmongers, when they’re generally just nice people. Of course that might just have been my suburb of Boston.

    Generally Americans do not comment on Canada, other than to ask just what the heck is going on up there and why do they hate us so much?

    As for the National Energy Program, the last one was purely intended to give Ottawa control of Alberta’s resources, and I expect that is what the next one will be pretty much the same.

  2. Yes, that is the kind of energy program I hope we can avoid! I would like to see Ottawa and Alberta be partners, not enemies.

    Funny you should mention that Americans wonder what the heck is going on and why Canadians hate them so much…in one of the sessions the speaker was talking about a common currency, dollarisation, and pointed out that while there was huge debate taking place in Canada, the Americans barely noticed it. It’s too bad more Canadians didn’t realize that we would need US interest for the debate to get anywhere!

    I’d take issue with your first point though. Canadian children actually learn about the United States in school – the government, the structure, the states and where they are located, capital cities, etc. It’s very difficult to find an average American who knows that Canada is more than just Toronto, much less anything about our government.

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