Canadian elections rarely turn on foreign policy. We’re geographically isolated from most of the trouble in the world and have enjoyed a functional relationship with our only neighbour for more than a century. Even when Canada-U.S. ties are strained, as they are now, there’s no chance of conflict. Canadians can, or think they can, afford to look inward when considering for whom to vote.
The exception, says Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian and international history at the University of Toronto, is when a trade deal is at stake—like during the 1988 election that centred on the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement—or …read more