Lead: During the 19th century Canada gained its virtual independence from Great Britain and established a Dominion of the provinces. This drive to Union in no small part was compelled by threats, real and imagined, from the colossus to the south.

 Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The United States and Canada have always had what could be described as a love/hate relationship. Particularly as the U.S. has grown in size, population, confidence, and some might say, hubris, Canadians of all languages and political sentiments have cast nervous glances southward to gauge the mood of their ever-increasingly large and powerful neighbor. Their desire was to protect Canada’s cultural and political independence. They were not wrong in doing so.