I’m Canadian and I ABSOLUTELY agree with you. I wasn’t particularly impressed with Aldo Nova or Triumph…although Thunder Seven (a Triumph album had some decent songs on it). Australia had way greater bands at that time…namely AC/DC…I also love that song "Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil.
Canada had RUSH, Brian Adams (a pretty good pop rock songwriter, though not my stylistic ideal), Prism, The Guess Who (70’s era), April Wine, Trooper and some other decent bands, but then again we have to accept blame for Shania Twain, Justin Beiber, Loverboy and to a lesser degree Nickelback ! …, but AC/DC changed hard rock music when they broke big in America. Love everything they did before 1981…and a lot of what they did after also.
God I just realized…We’re now churning out crap like Drake and The Weekend, also!!!