The thing about the OP’s post is that it utterly fails to take into account just how critical of the Canadian government the CBC is, as well. The CBC can be scathing in its attacks, and for the most part has kept the latest sponsorship scandal in the public eye.
The CBC is just critical, fullstop. And it should be, it’s a media outlet for goshsakes! Just because it doesn’t toady to one particular group or class doesn’t mean it is anti- something else.
It’s hard as a Canadian to really feel sympathy for Geo. Bush. However, it’s easy to feel sympathy for the average American. The thing that sticks in my craw the most (and gets me the most suspicious) about today’s American government is just how willing it is to do what it wants without anyone else’s input.
Let’s put the war in Iraq aside, if possible, for a moment. The American government pushed very very hard to get Canada to sign NAFTA. At the time there were many naysayers about this deal, but we went ahead and threw in with our neighbours to the south. Now, the NAFTA tribunal has on a number of occasions pointed out that the US is in the wrong (softwood lumber anyone?), but the government simply thumbs its nose and says “nyah, we don’t have to listen to you.” It gives one the sense that they truly believe that they are above the law, and can simply take what they want, where they want it and when they want it.
Not very neighbourly, I’d say. Where I come from that is called cheating and immoral.
How about the UN ambassador? Instead of going through the channels of command, Geo. Bush simply jumps the queue to put his guy in that position. WTF? So is he the president or the king of America? I don’t understand.
I guess my point is that for a country/government that says it loves democracy and freedom above all else, it’s hard to see where it is practicing those things on an international basis.
And let me also say this: my three very best friends in Taiwan are Americans. Americans are not the problem, and are not the target of most of these ‘attacks’ or criticisms, though it may feel like that at times. It’s your government and its policies that freak people out so much.