O Canada!

In honour of Canada Day, the New York Times published a list of reflections on Canada from former residents who now live in the USA.

My two favourites:

“Canadians defer. We save our loonies and don’t jaywalk. It’s illegal, eh. We stand on guard at red lights, even when there is no traffic. We wait for clear, green governing lights to signal our turn and lead us on. Then we tuck our heads down, under wooly toques and worn-out scarves, one eye barely open, squinting headlong into the harsh prairie wind, cautiously, quietely, demurely Canadian.”
Rick Moranis

“In history class in seventh grade (or as we like to say in Canada, grade seven) we learned the story of the American Revolution — from the British perspective. Turns out you were all a bunch of ungrateful tax cheats. And you weren’t very nice to the Loyalists. What I miss most about Canada is getting the truth about the United States.”
Malcolm Gladwell


One thought on “O Canada!

  1. As an Maritime-born Canadian with American parents and a foot in both camps, as it were, I must chime in. My favourite quote about what it means to be Canadian is from the late Marshall McLuhan: “Canadians are the people who learned to live without the bold accents of the natural ego-trippers of other lands.” His point was, when you like who you are, you don’t have to make a big fuss. Americans tolerate other people; Canadians accept them. That’s a big difference. Jane Fonda once said: “When I’m in Canada, I feel like this is what I feel the world should be like.” Amen. O Canada, indeed.

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