If Canadians and Americans are really friends and family, then they could probably use a little counselling. But the relationship still seems sound.
The aftershocks of Sept. 11 rattled both countries. But analysts say the damage, if any, was minimal. Panicky predictions that America would withdraw behind fortified borders leaving the Canada to wither on the vine proved false. But hopes that Washington, grateful for Canada's help in the fight against terror would turn benevolent on the trade front were equally unfounded.
Alan MacPherson of the Canada-United States Trade Center at the University of Buffalo, says he sees very few changes.
There are "irritants" at the border - new checks for visiting Canadians and the occasional traffic backup, but no major shifts, he said.
Things got off to a rocky start when President George W. Bush, in his first major speech to congress after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, went through a litany of friends and allies without mentioning Canada. Source.