As a result of the tragic train derailment in Quebec, Canada has been in the news recently. It strikes me how little we hear about that country to our north. In fact, it seems only when some kind of tragedy occurs that we even remember they are up there. The truth is that most Americans have a tendency to take our neighbor for granted. Most of us cannot even tell you who the Prime Minister is. This is odd given that Canada is one of our closest allies and biggest trading partners. They also are a big reason why the United States is the global power it is today. How is that?