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July 4, 2013

Andrew Nikiforuk: Canada’s crude behavior

For decades, the world has thought of Canada as America’s friendly northern neighbor – a responsible, earnest, if somewhat boring, land of hockey fans and single-payer health care. On the big issues, it has long played the global Boy Scout, reliably providing moral leadership on everything from ozone protection to land-mine eradication to gay rights. The late novelist Douglas Adams once quipped that if the United States often behaved like a belligerent teenage boy, Canada was an intelligent woman in her mid-30s. Basically, Canada has been the United States – not as it is, but as it should be.

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