SHRIBMAN: The mysteries of American political philosophy


The great Canadian historian John Bartlet Brebner, who taught at the University of Toronto before moving to Columbia, once said Americans were benevolently ignorant about Canada while Canadians were malevolently well-informed about the United States. Had he not died 60 years ago, he would have been astonished to see just how well-informed Canadians are about American affairs today, and how malevolently they view their neighbor to the south.

How malevolently? An Environics Institute for Survey Research study showed that just over four Canadians in 10 hold a favorable view of the United States, a low point in the three decades the organization has examined this matter.

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