I think being aware of what is going on in the states is smart because Canada is so deeply influenced by the USA & their policies. Canada is also infiltrated by major corporations that have their hands in the thick of things, big business, in the USA; I don't doubt they have political influence. So what happens in the USA does affect us.
Noam Chomsky I highly respect, both because of his expertese and because of his wisdom, insight and willingness to stand up and speak out. I have seen him speak live in Vancouver at protests against the Iraq war in 2003 (I think that is what year it was, can't quite remember). I tip my hat to Noam Chomsky, the world needs more of people like him.