"Lucien Bouchard once said Canada wasn't "a real country." He was roundly denounced for his gratuitous slur upon our nationhood, but Mr. Bouchard's mistake was one of semantics more than sentiment.
It wasn't that Canada isn't a real country; who could argue with its history, geography and economy? His real point, much closer to the mark, is that Canada is not a serious country.
We are not serious about our past, our symbols, our self-image. We have little sense of how to make ourselves a more united, self-aware, purposeful people, worthy of our stature and wealth in the world. We don't act our age or our size."