The actual quote from The Toronto Star is actually this:
I think the international community, of which Canada is certainly a part, is very powerful, much more powerful than it understands. And we’re starting to see that today. Many of our (U.S.) Supreme Court justices are now looking at international law and the actions of different countries and are beginning to perceive the United States as an outlier in certain areas. And I think this is all very beneficial to us who are trying to end the death penalty, not just in the United States, but worldwide.
I am sure that the person described in the Star as "M*A*S*H star and social justice crusader Mike Farrell" is swell - but he sure wasn't praising Canada in particular. He just confirms that he knows Canada is not the USA. And, really, if that is your hook to get me to read that story... shouldn't it be Hawkeye and shouldn't he actually praise Canada.
Canada's neediness. Our own national awkward turtle.