None of Our Business

As unlikely as it seems for a former CBC exec writing in the Toronto Star, Mark Bulgutch's advice to Canadians still frothing about Donald Trump is to relax. "Americans have the right to elect the candidate of their choice and it’s none of our business," he notes. Bulgutch is right, of course. But in reassuring Canadians that their healthcare, education and gun-control laws are as inviolable as ever, he taps the old Canadian habit of smug superiority. The one Canadian resolutely resisting this indulgence is PM Trudeau, who has imbibed his father's prudence. The United States guarantees Canada's security and prosperity, whether we like it or not. It is unseemly to pretend otherwise.