What Inferiority Complex? Canada Thinks It's the Bomb

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2009 1:43 PM CDT
A Canadian flag is unveiled during the singing of the Canadian national anthem during a one-year countdown celebration for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Canadians—contrary to popular belief—are pretty sure they live in the best country in the world. In a poll pegged to today’s Canada Day celebrations, the Globe and Mail found that 89% of Canucks think their nation can’t be beat, and 87% consider it best suited to deal with the global economic crisis. They’re so confident, in fact, that 65% want to sever ties with England after Queen Elizabeth dies.

“The cliché about Canadians being timid and diffident and too self-critical is wrong,” a pollster said. “Canadians think they’re the cat’s meow. We have a healthy self-image—in fact, a puffed-up image. If ever there was a true Canadian inferiority complex, it’s gone. When 90% of the people think they live in the world’s best country, that’s not a country with a self-confidence problem.”