The world needs more Canada? Hardly

Two compilations by Foreign Policy magazine; no wonder we have that inferiority complex:

1) Who’s Who in WikiLeaks

The world leaders embarrassed by Cablegate.

No Canadian.

2) The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers

Foreign Policy presents a unique portrait of 2010′s global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them.

Three Canadians: Malcolm Gladwell (68), Steven Pinker (69) and, retch, Louise Arbour (71). But from reading the entries one would have no reason to think they are Canadian–one would assume that the first two are American and probably that Loopy Louise is Belgian (thank goodness, see here, here, here and here).

Meanwhile the world ain’t paying much mind to the flap over our Ambassador to Afstan, William Crosbie, less here.

Update: A version of this post is in the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute’s 3Ds Blog.


9 Responses so far.

  1. Wd FyfeNo Gravatar says:

    Canada has been living on Mike Pearson’s Peace Prize for the last half century. We have no international role because we have no coherent international policy.

  2. Blame CrashNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t have an inferiority complex because I could care less whether any Eggheaded Canadians are designated as “Somebody Somebodies” by a pack of Euro and American Eggheads.

    Inferiority complexes vanish when you stop caring what other people think and become your own man.

    PS: if these people are so bloody smart and with it, why are their countries circling the bowl?

  3. MartinNo Gravatar says:

    The conceit of Canada “punching above weight” being the UN “honest broker”, and many other cliches, are the reflections of an aging cadre of “External” types and their Liberal spokesmen. I have never observed any reference to these “best and brightest” in extensive reading of international history and politics.
    If they were so influential, names might have appeared in international statesmen’s memoirs.
    In large part they are absent, which doesn’t mean they did not make a contribution, but what of the contributions of Denmark, Norway, Australia,… fill the blank. If Canada’s influence was so important, surely others would be singing our praises.
    Canada had influence during and shortly after WW 2, due to a large, effective fighting force, not to the efforts of our diplomats.

  4. MarkOttawaNo Gravatar says:

    Quite. Though I’m an ex-”External type” I never shared that conceit (as did not quite a few of my generation). In fact soon after I joined in 1974 I concluded that Canada was a Chevy country trying to run a Cadillac foreign policy.

    For more on foreign obliviousness to our wonderful achievements, see this post:

    “George Bush doesn’t need more Canada/Harper’s wicked wit”


  5. John WestNo Gravatar says:

    You ‘could care less’. How much less could you care?

    If you ‘couldn’t” care less, then that would mean you cannot possibly care less than you do.

    Is that what you mean>

  6. MarkOttawaNo Gravatar says:

    And the irony is that UNEF, the peacekeeping force for which Pearson won the prize, was booted out of Egypt by Nasser in 1967 (UNEF never operated in Israel) leading directly to the Six Day War. So that first great adventure in UN peacekeeping ended in total failure.

    Something of which almost all Canadians are dismally unaware when they celebrate our great achievement.


  7. Mike McEwenNo Gravatar says:

    I get a little tired of people playing “gotcha” with this ‘I could/couldn’t care less’ phrase. Only those with no imagination at all understand that “I could care less” is the more powerful and dismissive usage because of its unstated and ironic viewpoint of “I guess maybe I could care less, maybe, perhaps, but for the life of me I can’t figure out how.”

  8. JDNNo Gravatar says:

    Exactly, Crash. Just some nobodies attempting to make a name for themselves by making a list of nobodies. It makes me think that they do this so that the right people will like them. An image comes to mind of peacocks at a zoo strutting in front of the hens. It’s really impressive to watch, but eventually it’s time to move on.

    This list-making exercise may be useful though in observing who makes it (and how) onto a world stage.

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