Soon to be as well-regarded as Australia…

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So, obviously I am somewhat relieved to see that Canada’s unfashionable and stodgy regulatory culture has meant a relatively healthy banking sector, at least for now… Though our heavy dependence on exports to the USA ties our economic fortunes to our southern neighbour anyway…

But I was thrown by this bit of back-handed praise from a British columnist:

So, yes, let’s hear it for Canada. For once. (Actually, given the number of Britons moving to the old dominions, we should class Canada as a great success story just as we do Australia.) [emphasis added]

I hadn’t realized that the Brits thought of us as inferior children of the Commonwealth. Is this a widespread perception?

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5 Responses to Soon to be as well-regarded as Australia…

  1. Jon says:

    Me, I’m saying nothing, except that of course we love you all equally. 🙂

  2. Brian says:

    Canada to India
    Australia to Cornwall
    Singapore to Hong Kong
    From the west to the east
    From the rich to the poor
    Victoria loved them all

    The Kinks – Victoria
    Found at

    I’m kind of partial to the Mark E. Smith version:

    The Fall – Victoria
    Found at

    In any event, I’m having a hankering for a gin tonic, and a round of toasts to an Empire on which the sun never sets…

  3. Jon says:

    I have played the Fall’s version of this song at full volume while driving around our provincial capital, and it gave me much joy.

  4. Nicola says:

    🙂 Not that I’m aware of – based on my entire communications with anyone in the UK during my life – I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about Canada (other than possible work/life balance – this may be incorrect but I’ve heard people saying that taking even a week’s holiday would be seen as excessive) and everyone I know who has been loves it…. “..a great success story as we do Australia..”… where do they find these people – no doubt in a pub in Mayfair. Interesting to see though that we’re now behind El Salvador and Peru though, in terms of sound banking (well, the banking that goes on that we know about) :-))))))))))

  5. Brian says:

    Hi Nicola, I appreciate knowing that this columnist’s perspective is not universally shared.

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