Martin Regg Cohn's article in the Toronto Star seems to sum our our perspective now.
"Nothing puts Canada’s tensions in perspective quite like witnessing other people’s conflicts abroad, as I did while at the Toronto Star’s bureau in Jerusalem in the late 1990s."
Regg says: "As a country we are far more rounded, grounded and grown-up. We have reinvented multiculturalism, and begun a belated journey of reconciliation ... Canada has always been light on jingoism, chauvinism and patriotism. But do not mistake the muted enthusiasm of today for a lack of idealism about tomorrow ... At 150, Canada is a far better place, in a far better space than ever before..."