Analysis: Canada has become a laughingstock

Rob Ford, left, and Justin Bieber. (QMI Agency and Reuters Photos)

Rob Ford, left, and Justin Bieber. (QMI Agency and Reuters Photos)

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

TORONTO -- This country is the laughingstock of the world.

Our mayor admits he's on crack.

Where once we were known abroad for Niagara Falls, courageous soldiers, inventing insulin and back bacon and cheddar cheese, our most famous Canadian export now is the embarrassing Justin Bieber, who’s facing charges on both sides of the border.

What other Canadian news hit the international headlines recently?

In Isle-Verte, Que., more than 30 seniors, many disabled, died when a horrific inferno swept through their residence. There were no sprinklers in the home.

There are suspicions an elderly resident may have been forbidden from going outside for a smoke because of the cold. He may have returned to his room and lit up there, triggering the tragic fire.

In this province, the government has piddled $1 billion down the toilet to unbuild two gas-fired power plants -- and yet they're paralyzed when it comes to protecting seniors. New Democrat Paul Miller has tried to pass a bill requiring sprinklers in long-term care homes and seniors' residences three times. Where is it now? It died when former premier Dalton McGuinty prorogued the legislature.

"Since I first introduced the bill, eight people have died in seniors' home fires," Miller told me Wednesday.

So what is the federal government doing to keep us safe?

They're banning Marmite.


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