Canadians used to see themselves as suffering from a collective inferiority complex. That is less true today. However, our growing self-confidence has not made us less prone to seek signs that we have a significant world profile.
About 30 years ago, people at the old Halifax Press Club had a debate about which was the better patronage plum: the Canadian Senate or the position of Nova Scotia’s Agent General in London. That office, long since abolished, was ostensibly responsible for tourism, trade and investment promotion in Britain and Europe.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s outburst at the recent Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner came as a shock to many, since it seemed so inconsistent with her usually very engaging, even pixyish public demeanour.
It may have been less surprising to anyone who has followed her career since her campaign 40 years ago against spruce budworm spraying in Nova Scotia forests.
Remember the snail darter? This was the previously unknown and unloved fish species that environmentalists rallied around in Oregon almost 30 years ago to protest a proposed dam.
Often, it seems, environmentalists opposing large scale development of whatever kind prefer, perhaps for strategic or PR reasons, to emphasize the protection of other species or habitat.
The release of the report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on aboriginal residential schools has engendered much anguished discussion, especially its use of the term cultural genocide.
CONTACT US: Frank Magazine Box 295, Halifax N.S. B3J 2N7 -- Phone: 902 420 1668 -- Fax: 902 423 0281