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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Saluritoy, April M, 1972 THE IEIHBRIDGE tKSAin 31 American menace is myth claims pioneer au ny .JOSEPH MacSU'HEN T.lONTIlKALr (Cl'J The American menace is a myth, Mpmll Uenisnn, play- 'J'lio enduring spectre of n United Slates takeover of Can- ada .tro'.iber. ;i sorl of incredu- lous, battled mirth in the 7U- ycnr-old U.S. who has lived in bolh countries unil calls himself a NorLli American. The U.S. rests on a delicate balance of power among its member stales ami any pro- posal (i> make Canadian addi- tions would cause something close lo panic soulli of Hie border, in (he Denison view. Canada, therefore, could not light ils way into the U.S. at this slagc of history. "I don't, think Canada has had anything to Tear of a 1J.S. takeover since said (he industrial historian who has v.TJUcn the stories of Uic Hank of Montreal, L'IU; Mas-scy-Ihir- i-is Ontario Hydro, Mnl- son's Brewery and lite Ameri- can automobile industry. "That was the year Cicorge Washington called rtff con- sU'Uctioti of a road from the Connecticut, Valley lo St. Johns, Que., over which he cxiicclecJ to launch a major offensive against Canada in 1780. "In my reading of history, the U.S. turned its hack on Canada then and has never looked this way since, politi- cally." Hut economically? ''If Canadians have nolliing lo fear politically from I he U.S., they have less lo [car economically. They can im- pose any restrict ions neces- sary and" all they could get in reply would be economic re- FOLLOWED U.S. LAW Mr. Dcnison conceded that U S. companies dominate im- mense sectors o( the Canadian economy and in the pnsL have sometimes paid more at ten- lion lo laws made In Washing- ton than those made in Can- ada. "I've always been outraged by the extra-territorial aspect of American Inws." he added. "I don't think that sorl of thing .should have Ijccn toler- ated for a single, solitary mo- ment, come to Ibis very im- portant part, about the illusion of American political menace -it has been an escape device tor Canadians not realizing HIP strength of their own .situ- ation." Canada should lake over nny enterprise thai defies its lau'a, said the industrial writer, hut he feels Hint American companies arc often better "corporate citi- zens" than Canadian "Canada's destiny is en- tirely in her own hands. Can- ada could, I suppose, commit suicide. lint. I he continued presentation of this itiea of an American takeover as a fate worse than death Is purely il- lusory, pure fantasy, bolh on the present and the whole his- torical background, including I he war of 1812." HAS urcsicxs Mr. Dcnison maintains that in thiil war I he U.S. had no designs on what is Can- ada but sought to clean up ''unfinished business'1 o[ the American Revolution and es- tablish certainty over (lie so called "bloody ground" in westward expansion lo I he Mississippi. "II is interesting to note IhaL of soldiers on I tie Niagara Frontier, all foul 1.200 were four-mouth volunteers who had signed only to defend U.K. -soil and refused to cross Uie Niagara River, "The same thing happened with the vast concentration of 32.QCIH men under canvjis at N.Y." If Canadians, lack confi- dence, if is partly because! Ihpy lack an economic and cial history adequately chroni- cling the striking achieve- ments of their country, said Mr. Denison. "Canadians have a very un- picture of themselves fcecaiiM! all Canadian history hrr; U'tn wrillpii from the im- perial point of view and few historians hnve bothered fn tft-i. ihcir feet in the St. Sir. Denison. who 50 years was billed as Canada's leading dramatist, refilled Dial he was somewhat dis- mayed when commissioned by the f'NH in the early lEWs to do '17 flays cntillod Ihc Ko- ninnct1 of Canada for a trans- continental radio network. To bun, Canadian history le.ils were "veritable masterpieces of inconsequential confusion." "However, I began reading history again from the poinl of view of a story-teller, in discover v.hal had been cxc-ittng in (he r.'inadian "I was interested only in people and in their and triumphs, iuA in the murky convolutions of poli- tics. It was then, to mv amazement, thai I learned something ot the romantic rk'hin.'ss oE Canada's past, and something about the heroic people, hip and little, mmfe the country what it is today." .UUIVELLKI) AT Mr. Denison's more recent research has caused him lo marvel at the con.stniction in the mid-iyth renl'.iry of the St. cututl system. "T hat iHToniplLKliincnt, technically, was amazing it was done with long- handled shovels, scrapers and v.-li'juled dump and it was done extremely rapidly 13ii miles of canal lo a depth of nine feet in than six years. "13uL it ncM'v rollers Hie co'ist-'iou.siH'.s.s oi" ;uiy young Canadian tci wonder at tiiii Micer physical stamina of that feat "The first Cum-Lioning and profitable steamboat ben-ice was instituted by old .John Molson in 1E09 on the SI. Law- be added, There had boeil earlier .steamboats, one of Ihcm oper- nlitif; on Lake Champlain, but tiicy LT-i-'tl imported Molsmi's engine "was machined by mule back of the WITH PHIDK "Thcsm arc exploits Lo lie viewed v-ilh pride nnci entlm- siasin and. lo wish to be iden- Uriod with. "The capability nf tfic ox- plorcrs under French vc- cimo was almost beyond be- lief and I will novpr under- stand wliy the French-Canadi- an P have not exploited their heritage. "IlcMvon knows Gnmrln had more rn- nwiKc and -ajjd heroic all the1 old 43 slates pnl lorri'if] Mr. Denison said liin wait of aiifl fur slalchood .shoiilt] in- dication lo Canadians nf LT S. attiludes. "Going f u r t li e r back, n thing which (csv; historians ici- lalc lo Canada is the 'wajrir- ity coin niCMit which divided llie wr-f cm territories Into slave nr.'l free on entering slntchood. 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