Volume 94, Issue 39

Wednesday, November 8, 2000


NEWS

Students grill Ward 2 candidates

City hopefuls address housing

Ontario put 60,00 students to work

Ryerson getting Star on campus

US elections affect Canada

Board of Control candidates square off on student issues

Planet Me

US elections affect Canada

By Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff



Bush or Gore?

Yesterday, Americans had a decision to make on the president that would lead them into the new millennium.

Various Western academics have a wide range of opinions concerning the implications on Canada of either a Democratic Al Gore or Republican George W. Bush victory.

Donald Abelson, a Western political science professor, said Bush's election platform centered mainly on tax cuts. He explained a big difference between tax grids in Canada and the US could cause many skilled Canadians to head south of the border.

"Bush has come across as someone who could be prepared to deploy US troops without the consent of its allies," he said. "Bush completely lacks foreign policy experience, so it would depend on which advisors he chooses to listen to."

Western history professor, Craig Simpson, said Bush has shown tendencies to be profoundly ignorant of Canada and the rest of the world. He said both candidates seem to be more concerned with Mexican relations than the US' ties to Canada, but added a Gore administration could be better in terms of respecting Canadian interests.

"A Gore win would mean an American government that was at least superficially more sensitive to Canadian sovereignty," Simpson said.

John McDougall, a Western professor of political science, said Bush would be more likely to proceed with a controversial American anti-missile defence system and putting political pressure on Canada to become a partner in the project.

"There would be pressure on our government to match an American tax cut. The North American Free Trade Agreement has led to the trend of more uniform tax policies [between the two nations]," he said.

He said Gore would be a much more internationally active president, which is a better fit with Canadian ideology and foreign policy


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