Now that Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig have been treated to the indignity of one-day sham trials in China on the 830th and 833rd day, respectively, of their vindictive abduction and imprisonment for crimes they clearly did not commit, it should not be too much to ask that Canadians confront the national humiliation attending to this turn of events. It will sting, though, especially for those among us who make a habit of favorably comparing and contrasting Canada’s “world stage” performance with that of the United States. It should sting even more now that we are expected to boast that U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinkin will treat the cases of the two Michaels as if they were American citizens. But it will be usefully instructive, nonetheless, to at least briefly review how it came to pass that we arrived at this ignominious juncture. And it might be helpful to do so by way of a thought experiment that compares the performances of our hipster prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and the recently deposed American president, Donald Trump. Trudeau still hasn’t declared Canada’s 5G core off-limits to Huawei.