if Dion's dual-citizenship was American and not French and I'm sure we would be up in arms about it. We sure as hell were with Ignatieff and we sure as hell treat Harper like he's an American. Citizenship CAN matter depending on the political climate. The closest countries to Canada are Britain and America. Our policies tend to follow one or the other, but rarely is it neither.As obnoxious as this kind of thinking is when it leaps from the mouths of Americans, it's delusional when it comes from Canadians. Canada matters in the world, but France doesn't? What the hell are you smoking? Which nuclear arsenal, aircraft carrier, or indigenous weapons industry did we conjure up while I was sleeping yesterday? France has all of these things, and we have nothing comparable.
France however is a nonissue, not only in Canada but in the world. In order for it to become an issue France has to at some point do something that matters. France is a lame duck nation, they do not do anything for the world anymore. Instead they are kind of like the color commentators who sit abroad and criticize other foreign nationales while having no solutions themselves.
On Afghanistan the French position is if your allies need you in an emergency, they will not help you. That is if France's neihghbor's house was on fire and they were holding a ladder they would choose to see you burn rather than extend the ladder to you and help you out of the burning house.
As for helping our allies in need, it may have escaped your notice everyone, but Canada is not, not, not doing anything close to what we could be doing in Afghanistan if this were the great noble cause that demands France's attention. This implies one of only two possibilities - either we're failing just as badly as France is, in which case honor requires we shut the hell up, or this isn't, in fact, the kind of cause that commands a concerted national effort, in which case we should... shut the hell up.
It takes a delusional level of self-regard for citizens of this globe-straddling colossus, Canada, to talk smack about France.