The U.S. always has had an attitude that it can do things other nations cannot, like Canadian fishing boats being boarded by American officials.
The current controversy about the Russians interfering in the U.S. election is a good example.
U.S. commentators and politicians are outraged by that.
But what they conveniently forget is that the U.S. has a long track record of interfering in elections throughout the world – most notably in Latin American countries.
And that attitude has hardened under President Donald Trump.
All one has to do is go through the U.S. border to know what is happening.
For the most part many of the former affable customs officials are now stern and one gets the impression if they don’t like you there will be hell to pay.
And this attitude will harden further once pot becomes legally sanctioned in Canada.
U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions signalled that when he told Canadian senators that Canadians can expect more stringent examinations when Canadians want to enter the U.S.
And the latest effort by U.S. border guards is when they board Canadian fishing boats fishing in international waters.
The usual claim by the American border guards is that they are looking for illegal immigrants.
Ottawa is aware of what is happening and is investigating these unwarranted incursions.
And the claim of looking for illegal immigrants is not plausible.
The area where the U.S. border guards are boarding Canadian boats is not a known route for illegal immigrants.
The justification – in an official statement by the U.S. – was that the border patrol was looking for illegal immigrants and aliens.
Of course, that is poppycock and more of the attitude – we Americans can do whatever we want.