Last year, one Chinese newspaper had this to say about Canada:
The superiority and narcissism of the Canadian media, that Canada is being pursued by China, is beyond words.
It is a very angry assessment, but the Chinese press's reaction could be explained away on a variety of grounds.
But considering how small the Canadian market is compared to the Chinese market, does make the essence of the comment worth noting.
And then came a series of remarks from US President Donald Trump, and while we can explain away those as well, the US market compared to the Canadian one does make the essence of that remark also important, considering the clean-up detail over Canada's mishandling of basic trade talks is coming soon.
Two former Prime Ministers felt the need to weigh in in two very different ways, with one going on his own to Washington, which again, we can explain it away, but not entirely considering the previous Prime Minister has actually experience and connections to see things that the average person, despite how often they tweet, cannot.
But then there was that very stupid trip to India that resulted in that regime discrediting our own.
Of course, we can explain that away, but then the Philippines called Canada stupid, and we can explain away that, too.
We now have a pattern that has emerged in the span of less than a year.
I find the Saudi response interesting in that they are having none of it. They are reminding Canada that they could easily meddle in their affairs, such as lavishly fund Quebec separatism, and could have done so in 1995. They also had pointers how we allow thousands of First Nations women get slaughtered, while we shake our finger at two jailed, but very much alive activists.
We have the typical dumb Canadian knee-jerk reactions that will boycott the Saudis -- as if they need us measly pennies to their extravagant wealth -- to well, we must be doing something right if we alienate yet another group of foreigners!
Canada is an impossible and precarious country. We exist on goodwill alone. There are not enough people in the land mass we have, and of the people we have, they are crowded in small pockets with large distances between those pockets. We are inefficient, and overly dependent on one really big trading partner as well as government jobs and social services.
Once upon a time, we understood how fragile our fortunes were, and we developed a cagey sense of diplomacy -- what Trump called smooth to let us know that we were made.
Now, we gleefully meddle and want to dictate how other people should conduct our affairs, and when they tell us to buzz off, we have some uppity and flippant remark to deflect criticism.
If we had more cards to play, you could afford the presumptuous swagger. The problem is Canada doesn't, and none of their allies have been coming to Canada's defence, which is as troubling as it is telling.
With cracks between Canada and the US, other nations see we are vulnerable, and are having no trouble standing up to us. First by name-calling, and now by sanctions.
It is a Game of Go, after all, and watching the liberties fall one by one in a few short months is interesting to witness.
At what point do we shut off the attitude and take a long look in the mirror?
Especially as we can't get our own house in order? Toronto voted out the provincial Liberals and now are threatening secession because they lost their governmental clout on the account of their own actions. Hamilton had landed 1000 residents in a life-changing basic income study thanks to the same regime, and then stuck to the NDP, and are threatening to sue because they have no sense of strategy.
Everyone is banking on pot saving the economy, but alienate one source of survival too many, and the gambit backfires.
I am not holding my breath one way or another. The government needs tax revenue, and this is just about the last untapped place they can squeeze dry. It is the drug of choice of the middle class who have to endure indignities and emasculation in every facet of their lives, all while pretending they aren't inwardly enraged over how little they settled for, and this is the easiest shortcut to do it. So there will be lots of money to tax, but not as much as everyone is banking on.
We are still on a rickety boat in rough waters, and we can only hope the next ship that charges at us isn't a pirate ship -- or a battle ship...