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Why Are Canadians So Anti-American?  
User currently offlineAA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 620 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6200 times:

Ok. Here's What I want to know.

I am a dual citizen. American and Italian. Raised in Australia for the past 14 years (majority of my life).

I have spent the past 18 months travelling the globe. There isn't a continent I haven't been to. What are Canadians' problems? Literally. I am not joking when I say this, but literally none of the Canadians I have met have had ANY thing positive to say about America.

Like literally. They make an emphatic mission to distinguish themselves from America and will take any opportunity they can to bag (insult) America, and not in a jovial manner. My question is why? It isn't because the world "hates" America, as people are intelligent nowadays and distinguish between Americans and the US Government.

As a tax paying American (I am an American abroad and earn more than $80,000 per year, so yeah, I pay US taxes), it infuriates how my taxes that I pay are protecting North American lives, not exclusively American lives, when Canadians are so anti-American.

Australia and New Zealand have a similar rivalry, but you would never hear a New Zealander say they hate Australia and vice-versa! Granted I am younger than a lot of the majority of A.netters, but every Canadian I have met in my age bracket, detests America.

This is severe issue in my regards. I find it very hard to absorb that Canadians have a lifestyle that in a large part has been due to having the United States as their southern neighbour. (I'm sorry... it's the truth!).

What have you go to say for yourselves Canadians?

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User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4166 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6191 times:

I really dont think "hate" is the right word.

Having been to Canada many times, it just seems like the normal rivalry two neighbouring countries have for each other.

America and Canada would fight side by side if they were under threat, and that's the real test, despite the ribbing they might give each other normally.

As someone who lives in a country next to a larger one, and a country a lot of people dont even realise is Independent from the larger one, I can understand Canadian's desire to show their difference and seperateness. I guess sometimes it may seem a bit hostile if you dont understand it, thats all!  



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User currently offlineTOMMY767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6150 times:

Do they hate Americans? I think they view us as crazy but they don't hate us. As a matter of fact they rely on our TV programming so heavily that it's not even funny!


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User currently offlineflipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6106 times:
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I think its just human nature to hate those next to you right up untill there is a bigger force at play. Its one town against another (Manchester Vs Liverpool) but as soon as the "enemy" is the "South" you can bet your bottem dollar that they will be on the same side and best friends and this lasts right up untill someone mentions the french and on it goes........

Fred


User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3608 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6043 times:

Eh, I'm not too worried aboot it...

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User currently offlineKAUST From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 95 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6027 times:

Anyone whom has seen many numerous American cartoon shows or other humor mediums will tell you it quite easily goes both ways.

The South Park movie anyone?

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User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6025 times:

Sorry in all my travels in Canada I have never encountered anything negative with Canadians.


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User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6015 times:

I don't hate Americans. I hate their government and what they're doing. They trample all over everyone's rights and claim it's for national security. I don't buy it. Especially with the NDAA. Whenever the U.S military gets involved with a foreign country my bullshit detector goes off the chart.

 
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User currently offlineozglobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2715 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5996 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
As a tax paying American (I am an American abroad and earn more than $80,000 per year, so yeah, I pay US taxes), it infuriates how my taxes that I pay are protecting North American lives, not exclusively American lives, when Canadians are so anti-American.

You reveal about 3 attitudes in this one sentence which contribute to Canadian and others objections to the US:

- The belief that the US is a selfless benefactor to the civilized world
- The belief that the US military and foreign policy over the last 20 years has been about keeping the West 'safe'
- The belief that the US should be honoured and thanked by others for these qualities

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
I find it very hard to absorb that Canadians have a lifestyle that in a large part has been due to having the United States as their southern neighbour. (I'm sorry... it's the truth!).

It sounds like you have been mixing with some young hot heads who will no doubt calm down as they get a bit older and wiser. However, if you really want to answer your question (and not just protest), you could think about some of the points above.

[Edited 2012-03-27 08:30:45]


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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3608 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5995 times:

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 7):

HAHA had not seen that one yet...the interwebs never fail to deliver!



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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11571 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5971 times:

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 7):
Whenever the U.S military gets involved with a foreign country my bullshit detector goes off the chart.

I nearly spit my coffee from laughing when I saw that!!

As an American who used to visit Canada a lot, it might have to do with the attitude of Americans. Some (not all) Americans feel they are owed something when they visit Canada. Whenever I would visit, I would take the attitude that I am in someone else's home and will act as such. So, when I needed help with something, I would say "Excuse me, could you help me" instead of "I'm an American and have a question."

Example: I was near Stanley Park and got stung by a bee. It was the second time in my life I had ever been stung and I knew my father was alergic. I was freaked out. I found a community center and talked to a worker there. He called the nurse line and she asked a few questions and, between the two of them, determined I was going to live and did not need treatment. It was only then that they found out I am American. They asked for personal information, and their attitudes changed from "We need to help this person" to "But, you are not like the others."

The only time I told anyone I was American was on tour of the legislative building in Regina. I don't know why I said it, but I said something like "I'm from the States and, while researching the legislature, I notice one independant. Who does he vote with?" Zero attitude and a very in-depth answer.



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User currently offlineslider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6792 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5934 times:

I too disagree with the original statement.

I love Canada, love Canadians. Great people on balance and astoundingly hospitable neighbors (or neighbours as they'd write, haha)...

But because of the differences between our countries, or for other reasons, the one thing I've seen many times--not all the time by any means--is that some Canadians have what is tantamount to an inferiority complex. It's kind of odd really.

I think some Canadians are so afraid of being swallowed up by America due to proximity, culture, etc, and so perhaps consciously or not, they resist some things American. I don't know.

I love Canada though!


User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2038 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

Canadians, especially Eastern Canadians, are still deep rooted in the economic and strategic isolationist policies of our former government during the 90's. They see anything other than the status quo (ie. the US) as a threat to their quiet way of life.


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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5902 times:

Are they?

I know that when travelling some Canadians have not liked the assumption that they are Americans (US citizens). In that sense Canadians may feel overlooked in the same way that a Kiwi would not like to be identified as an Aussie. If in doubt, I will always ask "What Province are you from?", rather than "what State are you from?" A Canadian will not be confused by the question.  

The fact that Canada is right next door to the US and in many ways is more susceptible to US influence than countries with a reasonable distance (    ) may account for it as well. At least with the UK and the US people will assume their are differences that they may not automatically assume in the case of Canada.

I don't know if any of the friends that I have made hated the US: they may have hated the lumping of Canada with the US and that is another matter. Tell an Austrian that he is German or a Belgian that he is French and see if the response is any different.


User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12414 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5888 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
Literally. I am not joking when I say this, but literally none of the Canadians I have met have had ANY thing positive to say about America.

It's nothing to fret over. Plenty of Americans feel they love their country, but others are out to destroy it, and vice versa.

If you want to feel better, ask an Anglophone Canadian what they think about Quebecois or vice versa.

People are people...

Quoting KAUST (Reply 5):
Anyone whom has seen many numerous American cartoon shows or other humor mediums will tell you it quite easily goes both ways.

Nah, Canadians are more pissed that more often than not we can't be arsed to draw cartoons about Canada.  
Quoting KAUST (Reply 5):
The South Park movie anyone?

Umm, there's an exception to every rule! 
Quoting slider (Reply 11):

I love Canada, love Canadians. Great people on balance and astoundingly hospitable neighbors (or neighbours as they'd write, haha)...

  

All kidding aside, I've had great experiences in Canada, both in the touristy parts and the not-touristy parts.

Surely one should know not to antagonize anyone.

I spent an hour in Vancouver BC watching a Canucks game.

I just made damn sure to not let on that I am a Bruins fan!

It sounds like you are in a work situation so it's hard to avoid the topic, but do your best to let it roll off your back.



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User currently offlinecgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5858 times:

In my previous job I dealt with Canadians very often and never encountered any problems. Always professional, curteous, easy-going, laid back. Attributes I like to say are typical for North Americans.

When colleagues from Canada visited our office they were same as mentioned above. No signs of inferiority complexes or chips on their shoulders. Although they did tend to exaggerate in their praise of "Tim Horton's".

The few times I was in Canada I never had any problems. Okay, once I had a jerk of a bartender try to overcharge me but I woudn't consider that anti-American. She was simply a b*tch who didn't know how to keep track of my tab.

Personally I know a few Canadians and other than the occassional joke about "stupid" Americans I have never had any problems with them. The fact I'm a huge curling fan surprises most Canadians. Also I think the Canadian anthem is quite pleasant to hear.

I agree with other posters, there are those who react "allergic" when asked "are you an American?" and respond with an exaggerated "NO!!! I'm a CANAAAAADIAN".

So I think the general attitude on both sides of the border is one of friendly neighbors each with its own quirks allowing the other to smirk or cringe depending on the situation.



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13184 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5852 times:

Well they've fought alongside the US in Korea, Afghanistan, the first Gulf War. They didn't in Vietnam or Iraq from 2003 but as a sovereign nation they have the absolute right to make that choice. Come to think of it, many of the regular US allies didn't in those two wars either, even the UK did not in Vietnam.
You could mention WW1 and WW2 but Canada as part of the British Commonwealth were in those two from the start.
They also impressively stepped up when US airspace was shut down on Sept 11th 2001 and in the days afterwards.

Question - those who think that Canada 'hates' the US, do they even know about any of the above?

Then there is the extent of trade between these two North American nations, the level of integration of their economies.


User currently offlineairtran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5831 times:
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1. A Canadian team hasn't won a Stanley Cup since that sissy Patrick Roy and the Montreal Canadiens won it in 1993.

2. The Quebec Nordiques fled Canada for Denver and immediately won the Stanley Cup.

3. Hot Canadians come to America to become famous, such as Pam Anderson and Cobie Smulders.

4. We make your comedians successful.

5. The only people who know what a Tim Hortons is live within 50 miles of the border, and we aren't sold on Harvey's Burgers either.

I am sure that I can think of plenty more.

Honestly having worked in YYC I'd have to say that I didn't experience any issues with people not liking me because I was an American, and this was even after I declared Sidney Crosby to be a bitch.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15727 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5799 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
I am not joking when I say this, but literally none of the Canadians I have met have had ANY thing positive to say about America.

You met the wrong Canadians.

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
As a tax paying American (I am an American abroad and earn more than $80,000 per year, so yeah, I pay US taxes), it infuriates how my taxes that I pay are protecting North American lives, not exclusively American lives,

...and a lot of others, many of which do worse things from the American perspective. Besides, that isn't exactly a one way street either.

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
What have you go to say for yourselves Canadians?

I won't say that the Canadians don't owe us an apology, because they do, but not for any of what you've gone on about. They need to apologize for Don Cherry.

Quoting ozglobal (Reply 8):
- The belief that the US military and foreign policy over the last 20 years has been about keeping the West 'safe'

Actually more like the last 60, but whatever. Those American soldiers didn't hang out in Germany because they liked the beer.

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 7):
Whenever the U.S military gets involved with a foreign country my bullshit detector goes off the chart.

And whenever the Canadian military gets involved with a foreign country, we say "Canada has a military!?"



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5801 times:

Most of us Canucks don't hate Americans, but more the foreign policies of the US Government and the mentality of some American's such as ...

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
it infuriates how my taxes that I pay are protecting North American lives, not exclusively American lives, when Canadians are so anti-American.

... this.

Quoting KAUST (Reply 5):
Anyone whom has seen many numerous American cartoon shows or other humor mediums will tell you it quite easily goes both ways.

To be honest, it humbles me when the US media portrays us in our stereotypical fashion, its actually quite flattering  
Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 7):

        

Quoting ozglobal (Reply 8):
You reveal about 3 attitudes in this one sentence which contribute to Canadian and others objections to the US:

- The belief that the US is a selfless benefactor to the civilized world
- The belief that the US military and foreign policy over the last 20 years has been about keeping the West 'safe'
- The belief that the US should be honoured and thanked by others for these qualities

  

Quoting airtran737 (Reply 17):
1. A Canadian team hasn't won a Stanley Cup since that sissy Patrick Roy and the Montreal Canadiens won it in 1993.

2. The Quebec Nordiques fled Canada for Denver and immediately won the Stanley Cup.

3. Hot Canadians come to America to become famous, such as Pam Anderson and Cobie Smulders.

4. We make your comedians successful.

These are all very valid points  



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2384 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5795 times:

Quoting flipdewaf (Reply 3):

I think its just human nature to hate those next to you right up untill there is a bigger force at play.

I agree.. except maybe hate is too strong a word, but there is also rivalry between Scandinavian countries, even though we're friends. I guess it is like that everywhere as you said.

Without knowing Ukraine too well yet, I would say that I imagine the same thing is the case with Ukraine and Russia.

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 6):
Sorry in all my travels in Canada I have never encountered anything negative with Canadians.

Having lived in Vancouver, Canada for a year, neither have I.

[Edited 2012-03-27 10:45:03]

User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7245 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5786 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
but you would never hear a New Zealander say they hate Australia and vice-versa!

Sorry to burst your bubble but I've heard many New Zealanders say they hate Australians, we even had a PM who hated Australia, I've also been around many Australians who hate New Zealand and all those who live in it.


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5757 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 18):
Those American soldiers didn't hang out in Germany because they liked the beer.

You surprise me because the Germans are the only people who still know how to produce real beer. They even have a law guaranteeing it.   Mind you, I must admit it only applies to home consumption and not exports.  
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 18):
we say "Canada has a military!?"

And every other country. To be honest, the US does not care about whether anybody has a military. They do care about whether those countries support them at UN meetings. It allows the US to claim not only the "moral high ground" but to speak on behalf of the "international community".

Revenir au sujet de la discussion, there are various treaties covering international air travel. Do the latest demands actually violate those treaties?


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5745 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 18):
Those American soldiers didn't hang out in Germany because they liked the beer.

Quite a few might contest your opinion on that, at least on their own personal level...  

But seriously, they were (and still are) here because that suits US interests first and foremost. Everything else was and remains subordinate to that.

It can be a bit much when some re-interpret US military strategy as mere charity. That it certainly isn't.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39823 posts, RR: 74
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5717 times:

The 'sophisticated' Canadians don't hate their neighbors in the US.
NHL players, comedians, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Gino Vannelli, Paul Shaffer, Ann Murray, Max Webster and Cory Hart would all be broke if their success was reliant solely on Canada.
Several democratically elected Canadian premiers would be dead if their health was dependent on the Canadian health-care policy.   



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25 Post contains images WestJet747 : Until you've travelled abroad as a Canadian then I can't really expect you to understand. I'm not kidding when I say for the entire time I lived outs
26 Post contains images airtran737 : Sorry buddy, but you asked for it.
27 Post contains images HorizonGirl : I agree, I'm in love with an American, so apparently I'm doing this whole Canadian thing waaayy wrong... That, I understand. But I'm afraid my countr
28 Post contains images WestJet747 : Damn, ya I really did... But I gotta say, the gun on that dingy looks pretty intimidating even by American standards!
29 Quokkas : Sadly it is true that some Australians do not like the fact that NZ citizens can not only enter Australia without restriction but are able to access
30 AirCanada787 : I agree, I don't hate all Americans, I hate some decisions made by the US Government... of course Americans did elect the government to make decision
31 Post contains images Rara : I guess the reason why many Canadians dislike Americans is that they know them pretty well. Just kidding.
32 sccutler : I’ve a number of friends, acquaintances and a few clients who are Canadian, and I have never, ever, encountered a hint of the antipathy of which the
33 cgnnrw : I've experienced this first hand. I was out with 3 Canadians (here in Cologne) and of course we were speaking NORTH AMERICAN English. The person wait
34 Quokkas : Which is really sad because people are people, despite where they come from and what their governments decide. It's not as if you had a direct line t
35 Post contains images WestJet747 : Absolutely! My friends always bitch and complain about the service they receive when they fly, and are astounded when I tell them that I almost never
36 canoecarrier : I've traveled and worked extensively in Canada and for the most part I've never had anyone be rude or disrespectful to be because I'm American. Some o
37 Post contains images SmittyOne : Same experience here with French Canada. I was treated like royalty in Quebec. I think it comes down to how you carry yourself. I remember as a teena
38 Post contains images Kent350787 : And Buble and Dion. Russell Crowe is the only Kiwi musical act we'd like to give back..... We love our Kiwi cousins, but I really expect there is a t
39 SlamClick : As a nation, no they did not but I knew a number of Canadians who served there. I met two Canadians in Hong Kong on R&R from Vietnam while servin
40 texan : Really? Because I hear it from a lot of people here in New Zealand. And I hear the same thing from some of my Aussie friends living both here and acr
41 Post contains images jetblueguy22 : Boy if Canadians hate America I certainly don't see it where I live. Every weekend there are tons that come down to Grand Forks from Winnipeg to go sh
42 stealthz : I spent time in Paris with folk from various countries and never once met with a reception less than gracious courteous and helpful(My one bad experi
43 Post contains images USPIT10L : Be careful, you might incite a riot with that one! "Surrender her pronto, or we'll level Toronto!"
44 Cadet985 : I know of at least one Tim Horton's in NYC, and doing a check on their website, I show at least 15 locations in NYC, which is a lot farther then 50 m
45 canoecarrier : That doesn't mean Timmy's is good. I like 2nd Cup Coffee better. For the longest time you couldn't even get an espresso drink at Tim Hortons.
46 USPIT10L : I live in Pittsburgh, which is certainly not 50 miles from the border, and there's a Horton's at Consol Energy Center.
47 Post contains images Revelation : To prove otherwise, why don't you start a thread in CivAv titled "Why Doesn't Air Canada Move its HQ to Toronto?" It'll be a step above the current "
48 SmittyOne : Haha that would be funny! I used to frequently drive across Ontario (between Michigan and New York), back before passports and all that. I remember t
49 flipdewaf : Maybe because of sweeping culteral generalisations that some Americans seem to make. Ferd
50 flyboyseven : I am a Canadian born and raised. I have spent a fair amount of time in the US and even more time abroad. Not to put words in the mouths of other Cana
51 sprout5199 : Most of the Canadians that I have met were here in Florida, they just hated the way we drive---using our blinkers and so forth. Hard to take Canucks s
52 BMI727 : We do when they buy our stuff. It's not that they didn't like the beer, that just isn't why they were there. Might be a reason to go back... I never
53 GDB : A few from the UK did the same, including that guy who was head of security for a company in the World Trade Centre, a Vietnam vet, but he didn't mak
54 MrChips : The biggest reason why Canadians take exception to being compared to Americans is because while we acknowledge that our relationship with the US has b
55 Post contains images Superfly : Our government scares us Americans too. LOL! Are you a senior?
56 texdravid : Canadians don't hate all Americans. Just conservative Americans. Trust me....if you are from New York or LA and moreover, are a liberal, Obama support
57 Post contains images Superfly : I hear that Alberta is aboot as conservative as Texas. What I don't get about some Canadians is that some feel that it's so necessary to 'remind' us
58 Post contains images KaiGywer : I hate the beer prices in Canada. Paying $14 for a six pack of Coors Light in Boissevain, MB should be criminal! The perfect woman is one with a Swedi
59 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Very funny
60 Post contains images sprout5199 : Damn close to it. 5 more years till the big 50. And American politicians have never "whipped up" anti-Canadian feelings? Anti-French?. Keep moving, n
61 Post contains images WestJet747 : Statements like this make me think you've never even been to Canada. But hey, at least we don't have to take out a second mortgage on our home just t
62 flipdewaf : Absolutely criminal, who on earth thinks its acceptable to sell such crap beer! Fred
63 Post contains images seb146 : Vancouver keeps trying! Also, Canada just took another team back, so that increases the odds. Or fan of any other team. I don't understand why the wh
64 shamrock604 : Tim Horton's Coffee is also sold here in Ireland, believe it or not!
65 pwm2txlhopper : They are anti-American because they are jealous and insignificant in the world compared to their southern neighbor and don't like being considered the
66 GDB : Your ability to spell seems to mirror your ability to reason. Of course, those who are truly happy, secure, in their life, identity, nationality do n
67 Post contains images CPDC10-30 : If you were writing this in 2005, it might sound a bit less ridiculous than it does right now. The Canadian economy has vastly outperformed the US ec
68 Post contains images Superfly : Could oil exploration have something to do with that? CPDC10-30 for Prime Minister! Looks like the errorist got you. ...but since you're talking abou
69 Post contains images WestJet747 : Fun Fact of the Day: Average Life Expectancy is higher in Canada (12th) than in the US (36) according to the UN. In fact, even your unincorporated te
70 Post contains images AirCanada787 : You are right it is sad. Yes Harper is still PM, was re-elected last May with a majority government. I would guess I am just as happy as he is that w
71 Post contains images canoecarrier : I've always been impressed that Canada does so well. The population of Canada is roughly the same as California, but outside of natural resource expl
72 Superfly : Canada has better beer and Puerto Rico has better rum. ...because of the oil. Let me know when Molsen makes a porter or stout. These are just worthle
73 connies4ever : CBC is essentially all "home grown" programming. In fact, several Canadian shows are invading American airwaves (Rookie Blue and Flashpoint come to m
74 canoecarrier : Now there's a Canuck you should be proud to call a Canadian. I thought all of Canada owned at least one Robin Sparkles CD?
75 Arrow : It should be criminal to sell such horsepiss. I mean Coors! Really? Mostly envy. It's hard to imagine any other NHL franchise matching the success of
76 texan : Again, as a Texan, I've never had this experience in my many travels to Canada over the past decade plus. Canadians are like other people: as long as
77 canoecarrier : Not really, I get 6 paid holiday's a year. And none between New Years Day and Memorial Day in May. Stupidity knows no geographical borders. The mayor
78 Post contains images StarAC17 : Why?? He is entertaining, just don't let him talk about anything but hockey. You're beer sucks more, however if your benchmark for Canadian beer is L
79 Post contains links and images Airport : As an American who has traveled numerous times to Canada over the last 2 years, I can say I have no idea where the thread starter is coming from. Cana
80 BMI727 : He's like the hockey version of Dick Vitale with more hair and a pimp suit.
81 Post contains images KaiGywer : Oh shut it! It's not like the beer selection at this local on/off sale was the greatest. One takes what one can get Although now I realize I should i
82 seb146 : Come off it, mate. Even in Dog River, they don't stoop so low. I know because I had a beer at the bar there!
83 Post contains images WestJet747 : You make it sound like we have too many! Yes, but my point was: A) It's not the reason for Canada's economic performance during the GFC, B) The forei
84 Post contains images canoecarrier : One of my best memories backpacking across Canada was spending Canada Day in Prince Rupert after getting off the ferry from Sitka. After I had my com
85 Post contains images seb146 : Better than what I had in Vancouver. I spent a Canada Day there once and no one sang "Oh Canada" at all! I did get my picture taken with a group of l
86 jamincan : I like this theory. I think it's safe to say that most of Canada now celebrates Family Day in February. BC is starting in 2013 and Quebec is the only
87 Arrow : Those cups are gettin' a little rusty though, eh? Oops -- sorry, I forgot -- they're from the bronze age.
88 windy95 : Missed this thread. As for me I love our neighbors to the north and have taken quite a few vacations there. The are and I believe will always be our a
89 canoecarrier : No way, Vancouver looks much more like a Pacific Rim city, orders of magnitude more than even Seattle. I've never been to Hong Kong, but with the arc
90 Post contains images srbmod : I've got some friends in Alberta that absolutely hate Vancouver and really hate it when they have to be routed through there to go to some US cities
91 canoecarrier : Hey now! I actually like Winnipeg. I used to work a few hours north of there, but either way it's got a decent downtown area. I'll give you though th
92 Post contains links and images Airport : I always thought Toronto was more like Canada's Chicago only clean and Vancouver is what San Francisco would be if San Francisco was located in the A
93 Post contains images HorizonGirl : These comparisons seem accurate. I have lived in Vancouver for most of my life, and I feel it is one of the best places on earth. However, as far as
94 czbbflier : This is my restrained response. Checked out the mirror lately? Methinks few would have little nice to say about your home country if they were in a c
95 seb146 : Even with all the condos everywhere, Vancouver metro still sprawls out. There is a gap for about 5 miles near the border, but, from there, it just go
96 falstaff : I have never have met any Canadians who were rude to me because I am from the US. I have spent some time in Montreal and never had any trouble there e
97 Airport : Well true, there's always sprawl no matter what city you go to, and I don't think a little bit is a bad thing. But when you have cities like Los Ange
98 connies4ever : Having spent a significant chunk of my life in North Carolina, my observation is that in the service industry, Americans beat the pants off Canadians
99 BMI727 : I love the sprawl. All the benefits of an urban area without living on top of each other.
100 zhiao : I didn't realize Australians were so shallow. And you left to the UK which has underperfomed just about everyone![Edited 2012-03-31 16:37:50]
101 Post contains images YVRLTN : We should have national Leafs playoff elimination day - would be a nice annual prelude prior to easter As I heard on WS, how do you know its spring??
102 seb146 : Victoria is quaint. Like I imagine the suburbs of London to be. The public transit system does use double decker buses, but they are unique. A Canadi
103 texdravid : To "Airport" and some others: Thanks for your friendly "You don't know what you are talking about comments". So enlightening. The fact of the matter i
104 connies4ever : Turn that thought around and look at it from the p.o.v. of many (not all) Canadians and.....ABC/CBS/NBC are biased, conservative organisations. Fox i
105 Doona : Why on earth are you trying to place Canadians within your own political spectrum? As with most countries, most Canadians are mostly centrist. Seen f
106 Post contains images WestJet747 : Well in all fairness, we do have an anthem in 2 languages! Last time Montreal won a Stanley Cup - 1993 Last time Toronto won a Stanley Cup - 1967 I c
107 connies4ever : That said, "our" Conservatives are nothing at all like American conservatives. I mean, ours still support a single-payer healthcare system, which is
108 Post contains images WestJet747 : Very true. But to make a sweeping generalization that the "collective majority" of us is to the left is a gross miscalculation. In the grand scheme o
109 Post contains images canoecarrier : We take the fast ferry from Seattle over to Victoria every couple years, I do love the downtown area, but the "afternoon tea" custom seems to be fabr
110 Post contains images Kent350787 : It's not a lack of depth - it's based on an analysis of the facts at hand. But, seriously, there is a stronger cultural link amongst Commonwealth cou
111 texdravid : Whenever anyone on my side, that is the conservative side, uses the words "Kenyan" or "He is not a natural born citizen" when referring to Barack Obam
112 flood : "Radically leftist" lol... hypocritical much, or do you just enjoy discrediting yourself?
113 StarAC17 : That's because the liberal party is in shambles right now, just like the conservatives were in the days after Mulroney. Give it a few years and the l
114 Post contains images YVRLTN : Yep, no afternoon teas in the UK anymore - a curry or kebab maybe! Flames extinguished and thank you Columbus (all without Daniel)! Your turn Serious
115 Superfly : Very true. My friends in Vancouver always bitches about the Quebecois, especially back in the 90s when the country almost split up. I never get invol
116 NASCARAirforce : As others have said I think it is just a rivalry - we have it in the various states - I grew up in Michigan, we used to talk shit about Ohio but that
117 czbbflier : A generalization if ever I read one. Furthermore, what is "Left"? What is "Right" in Canada? Undoubtedly, you know what that is in Texas. How about,
118 flipdewaf : They are all biased to their particular view point but to say they are leftist is wrong, you can only say that something is left or right of somethin
119 connies4ever : Kind of pulling the rug out from under your feet, sir ? I don't respect them, so why shouldn't I show it ? From some of your comments, you clearly do
120 Post contains images KaiGywer : As long as the beer is purchased south of the border As stated earlier, it's way too expensive north of the border
121 AA7295 : I concur. My thoughts have been proven incorrect.
122 aa757first : America's policies, for a number of reasons, gathers a lot of attention. For example, in India I once mentioned Sen. Schumer's anti-H1B visa rant. I w
123 Post contains images Centre : Because it's been almost 20 years since a Canadian team won the Stanley cup... It's their national game, and they haven't won the Stanley cup since 19
124 Klaus : Free speech is not a foreign concept in most of the developed world – what's a lot more shocking is aggressive right-wing and religious propaganda
125 aa757first : There's no denying that America's freedom of speech clause protects much more speech than equivalent provisions in other constitutions. You may not t
126 Klaus : No, it's not. It's just other things that are handled more permissively. The utterly ridiculous bleeping out on TV is just one example. Limitations o
127 aa757first : The censoring takes place only on channels that broadcast through the airwaves, which is about five or six. The FCC has no ability to censor cable ne
128 Revelation : Indeed. Just this week our Supreme (constitutional) Court ruled that it's OK for jailers to strip search all prisoners regardless of the crime they a
129 seb146 : Yes, the FCC does have the ability to censor cable networks. They do it all the time. I was just watching Vegas Jailhouse and every swear word was bl
130 Post contains images sprout5199 : And when they are done, uncover please. Dan in Jupiter
131 ME AVN FAN : - Here it starts. You should write "to say about the USA" as Canada is part of America, just as Brazil or Argentina - and again, they distinguish the
132 seb146 : I am sitting here scratching a lottery ticket with at CDN$2 coin and am thinking: If Canada replaces the Queen with a certain former Prime Minister on
133 zhiao : Because it's rationally related to a legitimate govt purpose, which in this case is the safety situation in jails.. Read up on your Con Law, as this
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