I don’t think our relations are souring. We have our disputes just like any neighbours. For example, the U.S wants to impose tariffs on Canadian lumber, and we’re always and forever squabbling over salmon.
On the other hand, we’ve been great partners. Heck, a lot of my Jeep Cherokee was made in Canada. And lest we forget, Canadians opened their hearts and their homes after the terrorist attack of September 11th, 2001.
Canada also allowed Americans to fight the European War before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Americans went to Canada to join the RCAF or RAF so they could fight Hitler’s forces in 1940.
And speaking of WWII, I’m reminded of the film The Devil’s Brigade. The Canadians and Americans hated each other at the start, then became as close as brothers. That’s what we are now: brothers. Canadians populate our television screens and movie screens. I had a neighbour in L.A. from Canada (he’s in Palmdale now), and I work with a Canadian lady from Toronto. I worked with another Toronto-ite a few years ago too.
Canada is quick to support the U.S. and sometimes the U.S. is slow to thank them. But just let anyone try to mess with Canada, and the U.S. will support our northern neighbours in a heartbeat.
Since the recent attack, border crossings have become more difficult. I was in my Jeep with California license plates, I had a California driver’s license, and the U.S. border guard still wanted a second form of ID. It saddened me, as I think that Canadians and Americans should be able to visit one another’s country as easily as a Californian might visit Las Vegas. Border crossings are a casualty of the attack. I hope someday sanity will prevail.
It’s been stated on the SDMB already, but I’ll say it again: We appreciate Canada. Canada is not forgotten. Canada is our friend.