However I find this to be a very significant issue of Canada deserving of it’s own discussion for thought. We are going from an more impartial negotiator, to one that now takes a Pro-USA ideology in foreign affairs. Something which I find really strange given how much we know the USA to have become despised throughout the world since the changeover to Bush Jr. and the continued failures that country has sown for it.
We are no longer seen as being fair-minded, balanced in our viewpoints and are slowly eroding a reputation as to what we can contribute to issues in the world.
Leadership for our country as to international affairs is no small thing. It determines our security, our trade, and our prestige. It was once a thing Canadians were very much proud of when travelling abroad. It’s a pride that I fear may be lost for our children and future generations of Canadians if we continue down this course.
Neither is it so easy thing to regain a reputation once it is lost. How much are we as Canadians willing to lose regarding our identity on the international stage?
Canada, the good guys? No more.
Carolynne Wheeler, 25/07/06 at 5:21 AM EDT
It's not as easy as it once was to be a Canadian abroad.
There was a time when being a Canadian would instantly bring smiles to the faces of whoever you were speaking to, whether you were travelling in Western Europe or in the Middle East. We were the peacemakers, the good guys.
In recent months though, as Canadian troops have grown more involved in Afghanistan and our foreign policy has become more aligned with that of the United States, our happy maple-leaf passport is not always as welcome as it once was. And if you happen to be a holder of that passport, often those you meet want to let their feelings known, immediately and passionately, whether they're positive or negative -- as if you personally are responsible for every foreign policy decision of the last decade or so.