Firstly, Canada's biggest strength is in fact diversity which means the strength of having a multicultural, multi ethnic and religious individuals basically means having more than one point of view to help Canada to improve as a whole. This is proved by some of the canadianists that were listed above in the article summary and since many countries have the same perception it makes Canada seem even more inviting. So Lucia Otrisalova (Slovakia) has talked about how Slovakians still have a positive image of Canada in other words "a better USA" which can be linked to Israels perspective mentioned by Danny ben-Natan. He addresses that Canada is seen as free and democratic country with a strong economy. This is because the more diverse the population is the more immigrants are attracted to the country and not just immigrants but potential entrepreneurs which will help build and grow the working middle class which will benefit the economy. Also the GDP per captia which can be seen on table 3.0 is $46 200 which is not too bad but could get better as more immigrants come in for more jobs and potential profit to the country. likewise in China and Germany see diversity as a very big factor in Canada;s image automatically making it a strength, what they mentioned was multiculturalism, multi faceted immigrant society and multiple forms of cultures including natives who are well respected in the Canadian society. Overall the strength of diversity leads to a peaceful and stronger country.
However Canada's weakness is the lack of business investment and export growth which is affecting Canada's reputation as a whole. So the main canadianist that targeted the Canadian was Shilpa Bhat (India) who mentioned that trade investments, business and economic linkages have not went up as they should have ehich is seen through the decline in export profit (Table 3.0) which was $411 billion in 2015 but $402.4 billion in 2106 which went down instead of going up. Also the Netherlands has a similar perception of the Canadian economy talked about by Irene Salverda who simply addressed that there is a fear that a beautiful country like Canada will soon be one big oil field meaning its just going to become a big business needing country just to impact the economy. Furthermore, the main focus being "improving" the economy makes the government oblivious to other important issues, clearly this weakness is a well known issue as well. *The video below gives some insight as to where Canada stands and highlights some more strengths and weaknesses of the nation and how Canada is a better country.
Canadians should be proud of their country, even though the economy is slowly declining it still does not out weigh the things Canada has accomplished over the course of time giving Canadians a reason to be proud. This is proved by Andrew Holman (U.S.A) addressing that Canada is a country that has undergone its own rights revolution since 1982 and the resurgence of aboriginal rights, even though there were many struggles to get these rights and give the natives the respect they deserve it actually made Canadians respect the aboriginals more than any other nation. Also China (Wang Bing) and Norhern Ireland (Susan Hodgett) admire the value of justice and the Canadian policies on integration, immigrant settlement and significantly the value of equality. This shows that Canada should be proud of how accepting and diverse the country is of anyone and everyone no matter what the case may be (immigrants, refugees etc..) which shows how Canada is a big helping hand to other countries as well. Canada has played a role in being peacemakers for many countries one of them being latin america, which was mentioned by Emperatriz Arreaza (Venezuela), also Canada has influenced countries like Mexico and Northern Ireland by influencing both to a better quality of life including water sanitation, health care etc.., which shows that Canada has a clean positive image for the most part. . In conclusion Canada should be proud of being a helpful, strong and a country with a positive image in most parts of the world including USA.
Canada is actually "better off" compared to other countries due to being very accepting which means avoiding discrimination, making immigrants and citizens comfortable with their ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It is also seen as a better country than USA specifically which is proven by the perception of Canada by Slovakian's as "a better united states" since many link USA to any incident that happens around the world due to its negative image, where as Canada has a positive image presumably because of it being a more safe country than its neighbor. In addition to this point Canada is better off due to its environmental strengths and having to be known for sustainability and natural resources which can be found on table 1.0, also Canada has less pollution than many countries around the world making it the environmental issues that are listed on the same table not too major which is good in the sense of water sanitation and renewable energy which is noticed by northern Ireland and mexico once again. Also Canada has a lot of land that is being unused, about 34.1 % is forest and 6.8% is agricultural and the rest is used for other purposes (Table 1.0), since the population is even smaller than California which was mentioned in the video found above, which shows that there wont be a over population and over consumption of resources problem coming in any time soon since the population growth rate is 0.74% ( Table 2.0) which is nothing compared to countries like China and India. Therefore Canada is "better off" than many countries around the world due to its strength of diversity, safe and open land and a environmentally safe country making it more welcoming thus giving Canada its positive image that its always been known for.