An Ipsos poll spanning 25 countries has put Canada at the top of a list of countries and organizations viewed as having a positive influence on world affairs. Here at home lately we seem to get bogged down in what we perceive as Canada’s internal problems/challenges (you decide which word is appropriate). How inclusive are we? How racist are we?
How economically well-off are we really? Are the Liberals doing a good/bad job (you choose which word is appropriate) running the country? On the international front Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks a terrific talk about equality, fairness and inclusiveness, and has celebrity status everywhere he goes. Is he walking the walk on the home front? The world doesn’t seem to know or care because when survey respondents were asked the question, “Thinking about right now, would you say the following countries or organizations are having an overall positive or negative influence on world affairs compared to a year ago?”, the United States had the biggest drop, down 24% to end up in 12th place. France, Great Britain, Russia and the United Nations also dropped significantly while Canada’s “positive influence” score remained the same and on top at 81%. I guess the world thinks the world needs more Canada in spite of the fact Canadians know we have internal issues that need to be worked on.