Somewhat to my astonishment a new poll finds 46 per cent of Canadians believe our values and goals are “very similar” – the strongest category of perceived closeness – to those held by Americans. This compares with 40 percent for Britain, 29 per cent for Australia and 22 per cent for France.
A Jewish activist, Jack Jedwab, say our fellow-feeling for Americans is reinforced by the two countries’ geographical proximity, the day-to-day interaction of cross-border trade and travel, our shared heritage as nations of immigrants and our shared tastes in popular culture.
Well, to some degree, some of that may be true. But let me say in all seriousness. I do not share goals and values with a country
1)whose chief of state attacks, invades and occupies a sovereign country that posed no threat to the United States. (Happily our own prime minister at the time did not share this goal.
2)that permits almost 50 million of its citizens to eke out an existence without health care.
3) that in response to a totalitarian attack adopts totalitarian measures to tap phones and spy on its own ciitizens.
Do you personally agree with the proposition that Canada’s values and goals are very similar to those of Americans?
Which country do you think we most resemble in terms of goals and values? (Mypersonal choice would be Britain.)
I am off to Ontario. Back on Sunday. Cheers, Neil