Our poor amour propre! Quelle humiliation! Oh well, the Brits never do take us very seriously anyway; nonetheless I think a significant indicator of Canada’s perceived international economic standing (via Norman’s Spectator):
Finance ministers of Australia, Russia and Canada arrive in Britain on Friday for talks on saving the global economy – presumably unaware that the Foreign Office has secretly relegated their countries to an unofficial G20 second division.
A confidential paper obtained by the Financial Times reveals how Britain’s G20 lobbying efforts ahead of next month’s summit have been targeted at “11 high-priority states” – an intriguing snapshot of how the Foreign Office sees the world.
The paper may not make pleasant reading for the “B-list” finance ministers whose countries have not merited “intensive diplomatic lobbying and engagement” ahead of the summit in London.
Those states consigned to “Tier 2” by the British government include Australia – a country that does not relish being patronised by “poms” – and Russia, which already enjoys strained relations with London.
The other G20 countries ranked by the Foreign Office in the second division are Argentina, Canada, Indonesia, Mexico and Turkey.
Those placed in the first division are the US, Japan, France and Germany, which are described as “key” G8 countries. Italy makes it on to this list by default on the basis that it is the “next G8 president”.
China and India are included, as is South Africa, South Korea (the next chair of the G20 after Britain), Brazil and Saudi Arabia. The European Commission, representing the EU as a G20 member, is also included…
Just as an aside, how seriously do Québec separatists think their new country would be taken internationally?
Update: Well we would, wouldn’t we?
Canada shrugs off British G20 brush-off