One unavoidable feature of living in a small country is having your perceptions warped by larger ones around you. For Canadians, who number less than 40 million and reside next to the world’s most powerful nation, the problem has always been especially acute: American impressions of Canada invariably shape how the country sees itself. When those impressions are favorable, the result is a kind of feedback loop in which Canadians’ self-perceptions are torqued around those imported from abroad. Though there are certainly other reasons, this partly explains why so many Canadians tend to assume that the issues plaguing America barely exist north of the 49th parallel.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says the Trudeau government is "hypocritical" for celebrating Indigenous culture on National Indigenous Peoples Day while still fighting Indigenous kids in court and delaying action on the MMIWG and TRC reports.