“Like most Americans, one of the few things I know about Canada is that it’s supposed to be better than us. It’s an almost unbearably functional place, what with its non-collapsed banking system and strongly growing economy and harmonious, cosmopolitan society (Quebec excepted),” wrote Josh Barro of Bloomberg News. “But I have bad news for you, Canada: Americans have learned about Rob Ford, and we’ll have no more of your smug superiority.”
Whether said satirically or not, I kind of like it. Canada is moving farther and farther away from that status, as we try more and more to be like our neighbours to the south, including their passion for fundamentalist right wing ideologies, and a partisanship that puts winning above governing.