Living in a border town as a child meant trips with the family to the U.S.
In 1979, in the back seat of our car, my dad told my brother and I to take a look out the window.
There was a U.S. auto driving close to us. A sign was in the window. “Thank you Canada.”
They saw our Ontario licence plates and our country was treasured at that time by Americans.
Billboards in Detroit facing the Canadian border at that time featured Canadian maple leaves and the words “THANK YOU, CANADA,” according to TIME.
It was due to Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran.
Taylor helped six Americans escape from Iran during the hostage crisis.
He did it at risk to himself and Americans are honouring his memory now.
I will never forget that unique moment that had an impact on me as a kid. It really was the first time I started to become interested in international affairs. Did it lead to a career in journalism? It probably had some effect.