As far as the 'inferiority complex' that Americans think we have....is this why many of us ensure that we have a Canadian flag or pin on our luggage, backpack, shirt, etc when we travel abroad? ....So that we are NOT mistaken for Americans?....Doesnt sound like something that someone who doesnt feel good about themselves would do.
My parents were in Paris last summer and they hinted that the French don't seem to give credit to some of the countries that helped liberate them. Of course, I myself haven't visited, just relating the general impression that they got from visiting some of the sites.
France has been playing with Canada, under cover, since Pearson's day, and de Gaulle's famous "Vive le Quebec libre" speech. (At least Pearson had the self-respect to kick him out of the country.)
They helped finance separatism, and their official policy was "non interference, and non indifference." I probably means something in French, but what it really meant in practice is that they'd do whatever they could, without being embarrassed, to help Quebec break up Canada.
At the time of the last referendum, Parizeau clearly had the backing of France, who essentially were lined up to recognize the new state the second they got 50%+1 vote. Otherwise, the referendum would have been a referendum. It might have led to negotiations, nothing more. (I suspect that's why Chretien almost got caught flat-footed.)
And it hasn't really stopped.
But how do you ignore the country that provided such a major part of the invading force? That, in itself, would be a diplomatic incident. And why would Poland -- which certainly suffered far more grievously than the French in that era -- have a seat? (At least Poland showed some fight.)
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