Magazine March 23, 2009, Issue

U.S., Eh?

House of Commons worker Atallah Marwa adjusts an American flag in the Hall of Honour in preparation for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, February 18, 2009. (Jim Young/Reuters)

Writing about Europe a couple of pages back, I didn’t mention Canada — mainly because Canada isn’t in Europe, although it has a European mien. But, when I do raise the subject of Her Majesty’s northern dominion in this space, American conservatives sometimes query the relevance: “What’s Canada to do with me?”

Hey, wake up and smell the syrup! The road to hell is paved with Trudeaupian public policy. Every malign Canadian idea (from multiculturalism to socialized health care) heads south a generation later, while every American idea (from the First Amendment to non-confiscatory taxation) foolish enough to attempt the journey

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Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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