Doug Saunders writes a clever future history of Canada in the 2010s:
Canada, for a while, went mad. We believed we were above the laws of economics and politics and energy – a country that had magically resisted the First New Depression of 2008, and had an export so desirable that we could ignore ecological warnings and well-established international partnerships and blacken the good name Canada had earned the previous century. Our leaders bossed around the world, believing everyone wanted their controversial oil and would ignore its many serious problems if they simply branded it “ethical.”
…Canadians were ignoring the reality outside. “The walls were closing in on us, and we were falling back down to earth,” as Prime Minister Bieber used to say. Excessive pride was leading to a harsh fall.