I have friends who had to be evacuated during the first gulf war and had to rely on the americans while the yokel canucks showed up late.
They were also largely no shows during the conflict in libya as my company was trying to evac canadian citizens
The british/canadian gentleman who was a victim of saudis coverup of terrorist attacks in the earlier 2000s had some interesting perspective of his dealing with both the brit and canadian diplomats while he was being tortured in a saudi prison.
Well, this news pretty much validates your statement. Why doesn't Canada give a crap about their citizens abroad? Even Americans abroad get a lot of support from their diplomats. The fact that there still is a group of people in Washington operating to provide basic services to Iranian-Americans abroad, while Canada will not be providing ANY as of now says something about our government.