Canada in world affairs

A question from Yahoo! Answers:

Why did Canada not play a more active role in world affairs during this time?

First off, what is “this time” you are talking about? Second, Canada, in spite of its enormous territory, is a fairly small country in terms or population. The population of Canada is half of Britain’s and about equal to that of Belgium, Denmark, and Netherlands combined, so the resources Canada can expend on “playing a more active role in world affairs” are also half of Britain’s, or about the same as those of Belgium, Denmark, and Netherlands combined.

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