“These shows don’t suggest a sudden upsurge in aggression or skepticism towards the United States,” says John Doyle, television critic for the Toronto Globe and Mail. “They’re simply a natural emanation of the Canadian psyche, and would have existed in shows that were made and aired in the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s."
“Any day of the week on American television there are probably a dozen hours of something showing American government agencies in a poor light,” says Chris Haddock, creator of “Intelligence,” a CBC crime drama that the leaked cable took to task for its “stinging” portrayal of US-Canadian law enforcement collaboration. “Canadian citizens and American citizens have never looked at each other with any sort of animosity. It’s a tempest in a teapot, really.”
Foreign relations experts on both sides of the border have for years been scrutinizing evidence for a downturn in the Canadian public’s attitude toward the US since the two countries parted ways over the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Tightened border security and travel document requirements have reduced cross-border travel, while a March 7 poll suggested Canadians have a more favorable opinion of Australia, Great Britain, and Germany than they do of the US.
US diplomats have obviously taken the situation seriously, going so far as to monitor Canadian television for signs of a shift in the national mood. According to the 2008 cable, CBC programs served to “twist current events to feed long-standing negative images of the US" and “the Canadian public seems willing to indulge in the feast."