The Perils of Easy Fortune

Canada is a country of great wealth, whether measured in terms of our ample natural resources, our outstanding agricultural good fortune or our abundant maritime gifts. We who live here have been granted easy fortune in a world where many are far less privileged and less well endowed than we are. In the old economy, Canada’s physical assets were a source of unique economic value creation and placed us in demand as an exporter of products sought by others to feed their people and fuel their own economies. Canada was a good partner with whom to trade. We were reasonable, respected and fair. We had no natural enemies or historical foes and, as a result, we were regularly called upon to be a peacekeeper in situations where others were not so welcome or trusted.