There is a sense that we are lagging in that regard these days. That we may still be barking, but no one is listening. That our reputation has slipped, collapsed, across the world.
That collapse can been seen perhaps most harshly on this year's United Nations' human development index, on which Canada has dropped out of the top 10 most developed countries.
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The index, on which Canada held the top spot for nearly a decade in the 1990s, compares a nation's performance in health, education and income. Those benchmarks, when melded together, outline a citizenship's level of progress.
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