DON’T look now but it seems as if Canadians are making their way up the international ladder.
The latest example comes inadvertently via the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
An early and, if you believe the bookies, odds-on favourite replacement is Marc Cardinal Ouellet of Quebec. Just 68, youngish when considering the ages of others who have become the leaders of the Catholic church, Cardinal Ouellet is considered by many to have the right kind of experience to lead the church in the next decades.
Next up is Mark Carney, who is leaving his job as governor of the Bank of Canada to take a similar but extremely challenging job as the governor of the Bank of England.
Mr. Carney must find a way to prudently nudge a sluggish British economy into action.
Now look up. Way up. There’s astronaut Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the International Space Station.
His photos of Earth are stunning portrayals of not only our planet’s geography but the extent of the human footprint on its fragile surface.
Now we only need to correct the International Olympic Committee’s wrongful dismissal of free style wrestling (remember Carol Huynh of Hazelton and Daniel Igali of Surrey) as a core Olympic sport.
Once that’s accomplished, all will be right with the world, the Canadian world, that is.