By 2008, Canada will be the world’s third largest producer of diamonds..
To this, you have to add Canada’s incredible supply of fresh water (and hydroelectric power) and its powerful agriculture and lumber industries.
I’m sorry to say that in doing so, I will have to give you a ten-minute course on Canadian geography, history and politics.
It’s not enough to say that “Canada is a kinder, gentler society” or that “Canada is from Venus while the United States are from Mars”, without explaining why and how we’ve come to that point. Not a qualified specialist, that’s for sure: I’m a French-Canadian by birth (but a bilingual citizen by practice), a federal public servant, a science-fiction reader and a Saturn driver.
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Canada explained and admired, in 5,000 words or so.
The worst danger in praising a particular country is to denigrate others in doing so.
This is why I want to make very clear, from the onset, that I’m not going to try to prove that Canada is the best country in the world to the exclusion of all others.
If anything, the past few year have taught me a lot about my own country.
In this essay, I’ll try to share with Canadians and non-Canadians alike, a few of my conclusions and convictions about this incredible country of mine.