In 2017, just three days before Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, the Reputation Institute announced its annual list of the World’s Most Reputable Countries. In what seemed to be an early birthday present from the world, Canada once again reached the illustrious spot of the #1 Most Reputable Country on Earth.
This morning (June 21, 2018), the Reputation Institute announced its annual list of the World’s Most Reputable Countries for 2018. And for the first time in 6 years, we weren’t #1 or #2 on Earth. Today, we have the privilege of being #7.
I blame the Liberal government and Justin Trudeau squarely for this outrageous drop in our global reputation. And I’m spitting furious about it.
Everything that the mentally and socially-retarded “Golden Boy”, @Justintrudeau, touches these days turns to lead, not gold. Apparently, this now includes Canada’s reputation on the world stage.
The Reputation Institute‘s popular “RepTrak” listing of national reputations on the world stage has become a bigger and bigger event every year. Every year, the Institute polls conducts a giant survey of over 58,000 people living in G7 countries, asking them who they believe to be the “most trusted nation on Earth” out of the top 55 economies of the world.
Canada has done very well for itself over the past number of years:
2017 – #1
2016 – #2 (Sweden was #1)
2015 – #1
2014 – #2 (Switzerland was #1)
2013 – #1
2012 – #1
Of the G7 nations, whose residents vote for most reputable nation, Canada has the smallest population of them all. So we didn’t stack the deck with votes. In fact, it means that, in the past, people from the other 6 nations must have voted for us more than for their own country.
Our ranking score in 2018 was 79.2. It was 82.8 in 2017. Why does this drop matter? In 2017, when we were named #1, Lonely Planet’s website named us the best place in the world to visit that year. That’s an actual tourism boost, with all the dollars related to it, just for ranking higher in this annual survey. In fact, the Reputation Institute did an analysis of 72 of the top 100 countries in the rankings over the course of a year, and determined that the following on average was true:
So this isn’t just some popularity contest, and it MATTERS if we rank lower. It costs us actual exports and actual tourism dollars to have dropped so low. OUR REPUTATION MATTERS around the world.
In fact, for us to drop to such a low point as #7 in the annual ranking is highly significant, as it shows that our reputation in the eyes of the residents of our own nation, as well as the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, has plummeted over the past year.
Now, I don’t at all dispute the other nations’ deserving of the rankings they have this year. We all love Australia, and New Zealand as the Commonwealth sisters that they are. And while it is interesting to see the entire Scandinavian region in the top 10 – Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, it’s not overly surprising.
What is (not) surprising is WHY we dropped so far. In a nutshell, the Reputation Institute blames…our federal government.
Look no further than the “costumes” (according to locals) worn by our idiot Prime Minister, Justa TrueDope, along with Mr. Dress-up’s entire family, when travelling to India earlier this year, as the Toronto Star headline screamed:
Indian politician Omar Abdullah took to Twitter with a collage of the Trudeau family in their colourful attire, touching their hands and bowing their heads in the namaste gesture.
“Is it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also FYI, we Indians don’t dress like this every day, sir, not even in Bollywood.” (Omar Abdullah, Indian politician)
Earlier in the week, Trudeau’s office rescinded an invite to a convicted Canadian Sikh extremist to a reception in Delhi. That caused no small amount of embarrassment and fury at home, when he attempted to blame the Surrey Centre MP (himself a Sikh) for arranging the meet and greet between the Prime Minister and this convicted terrorist. NO ONE was buying it.
Then there was the debacle recently with the United States over trade disputes, and Trudeau’s pissy 12-year-old school girl responses to Donald Trump’s legitimate concerns over various subsidies we provide – the recent “Supply Management” debacle in Quebec with dairy farmers, which will cost us all more for the grocery staple called MILK, being one example.
As a result of our government’s dumbass decisions in this regard, the US government slapped tariffs on a few Canadian-made or produced items. Trudeau’s “Mean Girls” monologue following this was embarrassing to witness – and infuriating – as he responded in kind with tariffs of his own.
Let’s get real for a moment about Canada/US trade.
Canada is the #10 largest economy in the world. We used to be the United States’ largest trading partner, but no more – China has taken that illustrious spot. According to the US. Census Bureau, in 2017, we did we currently do about $581.5 billion worth of trade in goods with the US, with the US selling us $282.2 billion worth of goods, and buying $299.3 billion from Canada. That, however, is only a small fraction of the United States’ current GDP of about $23.76 trillion.
If Canada stopped doing trade with the United States, the #1 economy in world history by far, the United States would survive. We buy only 18% of the US’ goods. The US would survive a trade war with us. They would suffer a serious recession, however, which would impact on all their other global partners, who are our global partners as well.
If the United States stopped doing trade with Canada, however, Canada would sent into the Stone Ages. The US buys 76% of everything we sell. One doesn’t recover from that loss of customer. One is economically destroyed.
At the recent G7 summit in Montreal, Trudeau (the “hostess with the mostest”) decided that the best way to treat house guests is to stab them in the back as soon as they leave – in the news media. President Trump had just taken off on Air Force One to Singapore to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, when Trudeau began to bad-mouth the President behind his back, in a disgusting, classless display.
Trudeau apparently didn’t have the balls to do it to Trump’s face. He also didn’t have the intelligence to understand that there are televisions on Air Force One. Trump launched a string of verbal attacks in response – and the Canadian dollar plummeted by 0.19 of a US cent, to 76.96 cents US, after Trump called Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak.” Trump then refused to sign the G7 Summit declaration, a slap to the face of the goon running our country.
In my opinion, the prissy little queen, Trudeau, actually deserved a punch to the throat.
And so now here we are, on the first day of Summer, learning that the world just doesn’t like Canada as much as it used to. Individual Canadians did absolutely nothing to make that happen. Neither did provincial governments for the most part. No, this falls squarely on the shoulders of the idiots in Ottawa.
And there is no greater example than our Crime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the Queen of Farts.
He’s no longer a “useful idiot”, as some have called him in the past. No, now that he’s ruining our reputation as a country, he’s just a garden-variety idiot.
October 2019, and the next federal election, cannot come fast enough for me – nor for the reputation of this country I love so much.