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What Make You Feel Canadian?  
User currently offlineAF-A319 From France, joined Oct 1999, 603 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

Hey !

I have been living in Canada, studying at McGill for 3 months now... I fell in love with this country.
I'd like to ask to the canadian members how they like their country? What make you feel canadian (besides what Joe said in the Molson Ad  Smile/happy/getting dizzy )

Im waiting for your answers!

Cheers !

Louis, @ YUL



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User currently offlineYEGPIX From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 159 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

This Does...click on the link. C C C...Cold
http://www.pbase.com/image/7365592


User currently offlineH. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

wrong forum ,try non-aviation

User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

YEGPIX: Brrrr!! That's nasty!!

User currently offlineYEGPIX From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 159 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

Yep! LOL, We Canadians are tough and that pic is proof of it! You know...outdoor hockey,etc. We spend lots of money yearly on winter clothing too! Kinda helps the economy though.  Big grin

User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1702 times:

Louis,

I grew up Canada..... having lived there from age 9 through 30. My best definition of a Canadian is "Not American"

Even though he may look like one, act like one, spend $ like one, talk like one (except for "eh?" and "aboot") .... still, he will feel a bit superior. Why, you may ask? Because, he will explain, Canada had no Civil War, no (or very few) race riots, has universal health insurance, never invaded another country (except for St. Lucia, every winter!), and has tougher gun controls.

Now, to be serious .... I graduated from McGill in 1971, in Mechanical Engineering. If you get a chance, please write a few words about your experiences at McGill and Montreal. Do you live on campus, or in the "student ghetto"? I think it's a fine university, in fact, world class. In my opinin, you made the right choice.

Cheers,
Pete


User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1698 times:

Yep! LOL, We Canadians are tough and that pic is proof of it! You know...outdoor hockey,etc. We spend lots of money yearly on winter clothing too! Kinda helps the economy though.

I know all about it! I grew up in Edmonton. That pic just brings back some bitterly cold memories!


User currently offlineMcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1695 times:

Hearing people in other parts of the world complain about +5C being 'really cold'.  Smile

I probably think of myself as a Manitoban as often as I do as a Canadian; Canada really is more of a 'community of communities' than a nation-state.

Most of all, I'm just me.


User currently offlineAF-A319 From France, joined Oct 1999, 603 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

Thanks for your answer guys.

Sorry for not having posted it on non aviation. I was a little bit tired when i posted it  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Louis


User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 3406 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1674 times:

I have a Canaidan friend. His IQ is 100, which is only 60 in Canada.  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

As a wannabe Canadian living "in exile" in the US, I guess my love of Canada has to do with the people, and the general overall way of life that is similar, but slightly different. I like how the government lets people make up their own mind, and doesn't have this naïve view of things, like alcohol (I'm sorry, but I'm convinced the US wouldn't have nearly the problems we have with alcohol if he didn't treat it as such a bad thing that only "responsible" people over the arbitrary age of 21 can enjoy). In Québec, the age is 18, and from what I can see, the only drunk people stumbling down Rue Ste. Catherine at 1AM are American teenagers returning from the bars sh*tfaced! I'm not saying that there aren't drunk "jeunes québécois" in there too, but I've felt plenty embarrassed being in Montréal and feeling I need to apologize for the behaviour of others.

I also like your government. No matter how much Canadians complain about Chrétien, I'd trade governments anyday. I find myself more often in agreement with the Canadian government than that of my own.

I love the "joie de vivre" of Montréal and I would love to be a part of it one day...so long as Québec remains a part of a Québec. If all goes to plan, I would like to emigrate to Canada within 4-5 years.

LH423



« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16335 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1643 times:

I probably felt most Canadian when I lived in the US. I missed so many little "Canadian things" that eventually I came home.

Having said that, Canada is not nirvana. We have ALOT of problems as a country and I am very critical of many aspects of Canadian life. Some of the solutions lie in emulating the US model, some don't. This does not make me less Canadian.

Perhaps, in some ways, a weird yet wonderful aspect of being Canadian is the ability to the travel to the US and blend in immediately....no one would have a clue you were Canadian until you told them.



Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4634 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1632 times:

And Flight152 shows his mastery of using other peoples (Jay Leno) jokes.

Brilliant...



Word
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40011 posts, RR: 74
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1630 times:

I drink lots of beer and listen to Rush. the rock group

When I was a kid, we lived in Montreal for a short period of time. I visit Canada as much as I can. It's a cheap getaway.  Smile


Yyz717:
Do you want to switch countries? Big grin



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16335 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1614 times:

Yyz717:
Do you want to switch countries?


Sometimes Superfly I do. A merger of the 2 countries would not offend me. Although I would have to live in a liberal area.....such as your CA.

Regards



Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2148 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

LOL... the word "Canadian" is also used to describe people other than those from Canada. Just a little heads up to watch how you talk in some areas of the U.S Big grin

User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3395 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

-Hockey
-snowmobiling
-beautiful senery
-arctic
-Arctic Wildlife
-O Canada
-The Canada goose
-the Twin Otter and Dash-8
- -40C weather
-etc. etc.



What could possibly go wrong?
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1550 times:

All I can say is:




WOW!!!



We love Canadians Big grin

The Commonwealth Republic of Australia


User currently offlineStaggerwing From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 95 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

This subject is very interesting to me. Over the last 15 years, I have talked to many Canadians about the situation with Quebec. Almost to a person they have said that they wish that Quebec would just go ahead and secede from Canada.

Most of them believe that the financial uncertainty with Quebec constantly holding referendums about independence is responsible for the economic problems Canada has faced the last 15 years. Several of them have said that the western provinces are more interested in developing trade with the U.S. them with Quebec, because they believe that sooner or later Quebec will go it's own way.

I remember a documentary filmed during the Meach Lake debates. In it provincial politicians from all over Canada were asked what would happen if Quebec seceded. The ones from the eastern provinces said that they would be applying for U.S. statehood almost immediately. The ones from the western provinces said that they would make a go of it for a few years and then ask to join the U.S. also. Recently, I visited with several Canadians from Alberta who were visiting family here in the states. I was surprised when I was told that a large percentage of western Canadians immigrated from the U.S. during the Depression and still have close family here. Also, I was reading one of the books written about how Gander handled all the people on 9/11. One of the people stranded there was a "Newfie" (which is how they refer to themselves) who hadn't been back since he immigrated to the U.S. in the early 50's. He tells the story that in the 1950 referendum on staying part of Great Britain or joining Canada, a large percentage of the population wanted the choice of joining the U.S. on the ballot.

All in all, the impression that I have gotten over the last 20 years is that most Canadians do not have a deep seated national identity burned into them. I could be wrong, and I don't mean to offend anyone. However, I have yet to meet a Canadian who is passionate about their national identity. It is like they treat it like it was unimportant. Just my 2 cents

Staggerwing


User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1542 times:

Staggerwing: Beware! I think you've just opened the floodgates!

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

Well, as an American, who has visited Canada a few times---once for a hockey tournament, and the other times to ski---the thing that defines Canada as a nation is one thing, and one thing alone.......Hockey Night in Canada! I find it tremendously interesting, Staggerwing, that the provinces would consider applying for statehood if Quebec was ever to secede....and believe it or not...I could see it happening. I have never been into Western Canada, the furthest west I have gone was Thunder Bay. But I saw that at least people in Ontario seemed to care about being Canadian, and were really proud whenever they beat an American team at the hockey tournament. But as a counter point, one of my good buddies from high school in Atlanta was from Ottawa and lived there until he was 12 or 13...the kid embraced America more than I did! As for Alberta...I envision it as a state like Minnesota, and B.C. being a state more like Washington. As for Sask. and Manitoba...they are probably like the Dakotas. Hey, western provinces...we'll let you in U.S. just as long as you can learn pronounce your words correctly and give us some more oil too while youre at it! Big grin


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

As for Alberta...I envision it as a state like Minnesota, and B.C. being a state more like Washington. As for Sask. and Manitoba...they are probably like the Dakotas.

You're spot on! I grew up in Alberta and I'd say it's a combination of Texas, Colorado and Minnesota all rolled up into one. Calgary is a mixture of Dallas and Denver. Sask. is definitely like the Dakotas. And Manitoba? I don't know how to describe it.


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11761 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

What makes me feel Canadian? The Maple Leaf tattooed on my shoulder!
I love visiting Canada. Everyone is so open and warm. I have never been anywhere else except Vancouver. I think their money is cool too! That two dollar coin takes some getting used to, but I like it! Stay independant! This place would not be the same without you! Big grin



Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

I love their money too seb , its absolutely gorgeous , especially the newer 5 and 10 dollar billd. The coins are beautiful...but by the end of my stay I was begining to get annoyed with a pocketful of large coins...its handy for tipping and such but kind of bulky.

User currently offlineMcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1470 times:

Rai wrote: "And Manitoba? I don't know how to describe it."

Manitoba is essentially midwestern -- it's not really 'western' at all. It's more like Minnesota or Wisconsin in some respects: politically moderate/pragmatic, not as alienated as places further west, a manufacturing economy and so on.

It's also the most Ontario-like of the four provinces in mindset.

Staggerwing wrote: "...most Canadians do not have a deep seated national identity burned into them."

I'd agree with that. As I mentioned above, Canada is more of a 'community of communities' than a nation-state, even though former prime minister Joe Clark was often criticised when he publicly said so.

One reason for this is the lack of a national ideology: there is no common cause. Canadians have always been a diverse bunch of people who realised they had more to gain by tolerating each others' differences just well enough to keep the country together. I think it's this mindset that makes Canada one of the more socially liberal countries around.

Another reason is that Canada is a decentralised federation, characterised by strong provincial governments. It's not unusual in Canada to see a federal prime minister and a provincial premier bargaining one-on-one, as equals. Sometimes a prime minister can even find a distant premier more menacing (e.g., Brian Mulroney vs. Clyde Wells, Jean Chrétien vs. Ralph Klein) than the Leader of the Opposition sitting just a few feet away in the House of Commons.

That said, all these differences and the relative lack of conformist pressure make Canada a more interesting place to live than it would be if we had a more powerful national identity.


25 Yyz717 : Canadians have always been a diverse bunch of people who realised they had more to gain by tolerating each others' differences just well enough to kee
26 Mcdougald : Neil: I was thinking more along the lines of the historical linguistic and regional differences that still flare up from time to time.
27 Yyz717 : Fair enough. I consider those to be geographic differences only though. The fact that any Canadian could move to any other part of Canada and feel cul
28 Rai : Fair enough. I consider those to be geographic differences only though. The fact that any Canadian could move to any other part of Canada and feel cul
29 747-451 : Instead of baiting about how contrary Canada is to the USA, why not cite the real distinctions of Canada and it's people: (these are my own observatio
30 Post contains images MagicMan_841 : I personnally am Quebecer, say what you want about that. I am not proud of being Quebecer, I am not proud at all, I am just myself. I personnally like
31 Rai : I personnally am Quebecer, say what you want about that. I am not proud of being Quebecer, I am not proud at all, I am just myself. I actually that th
32 Post contains images B747-437B : Canadian people are introspective and thoughful I don't suppose you are familiar with a guy named Don Cherry?
33 Rai : I don't suppose you are familiar with a guy named Don Cherry? Damn! You had to remind me! That's one of the things I actually miss about Canada!
34 KROC : Hmmm, what makes me feel Canadian? Well, besides all the Canadian coins floating around Crapchester, I would have to say listening to the EPIC Don Che
35 Sayem55 : What Make You Feel Canadian? "O canada" and -25 C
36 747-451 : Shania Twain-sounds like dogs caught in a wine press and dresses like "The Nanny"
37 Post contains images B747-437B : Great quote in this week's MacLean's : "A Canadian is an unarmed American with health insurance"
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