Trudeau’s Canada: low performance, high self-esteem

Trudeau's Canada: low performance, high self-esteem

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Philip Cross: We feel great about ourselves – but for no apparent reason

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26 Feb 2021 • 1 day • 4 minutes ago read • 531 Comments Justin Trudeau’s election in 2015 briefly made him a global hero for progressives before blackface images, scandal accusations and failing to deliver tarnished his appeal. Photo by Reuters / Blair Gable / File Photo Article content

Tristin Hopper’s weekend article in the National Post asked why Canada can no longer get things done, from buying vaccines to renovating 24 Sussex Drive. The unease over Canada’s performance is well justified, as our pampered public sector fails to deliver and few Canadian brands dominate the global market.

Canada’s image has not always been so bleak. As the resource boom began in 2003, The Economist featured an article on “Cool Canada,” featuring a moose wearing hipster sunglasses. With soaring oil and gas prices, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has portrayed Canada as an “energy superpower”. Our tech industry has kicked off with the Blackberry cell phone. The great financial crisis has further strengthened our international stature, showcasing the soundest banking system in the world. The Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney, made him the first foreign-born leader of the Bank of England. It seemed that Canada understood banks better than anyone …

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