Our Friendly and Supportive Neighbor to the North

Name ten facts you know about Canada--other than hockey.

Today I serve as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is a division of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)  PNWER's members include five Pacific Northwest states and five Canadian provinces and territories. Our board is a mix of Canadian and United States provincial and state legislators. The goal is to have a mix of political parties and opinions represented on the board which are appointed by their respective parent organization.

Trade is always a topic at PNWER meetings and conferences because it is one of the things that binds our two nations together. For a brief summary of some of those ties, see this op-ed from The Hill Some of my fellow Republicans clearly didn't get the 'Canada memo.

All the states that border with Canada understand our close relationship with the number two trading partner that we have. 

I'd like to point out one other thing from the op-ed which is the "transactional" approach to the relationship that is pushed back on in the opinion piece. If a marriage becomes transactional, "You get this therefore I get that" it will not last. There has to be more than quid pro quo to have a relationship last, and we have that with Canada. 

We need to support one another. Our values need to be similar. While trade can have its conflicts (softwood lumber), our overall approach to the relationship has to be one that values the relationship more than quick trade wins or arguments. PNWER is constantly working to maintain a productive relationship between states and provinces within our sphere of influence. 

We should treat our friends from the north better than we do, for they are truly our friends, eh!  Now about those ten facts. For instance, can you name the Canadian provinces and territories? 




Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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