Sunday, July 1, 2007

Reflections On Canada & Being Canadian

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Today is Canada Day and so I thought I would share with you some interesting thoughts on our nation from people of interest over the years. Now, please note that I am not endorsing a quote by putting it here, but rather acknowledging that (fair or not) it is an accurate representation of ideas or perspectives in or about Canada. Enjoy!

“Canadian nationalism is a subtle, easily misunderstood but powerfull reality, expressed in a way that is not to state directed – something like a beer commercial or the death of a significant Canadian figure.”
    -Paul Kopas

“We Canadians live in a blind spot about our identity. We have very strong feelings about who we aren’t but only weak ones about who we are. We’re passionate about what we don’t want to become but oddly passive about what we should be.”
    -John Cruickshank

“Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.”
    -J. Bartlett Brebner

“Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain.”
    -Pierre Trudeau

“Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematic of not being. And a subtle flavour – we’re more like celery as a flavour.”
    - Mike Meyers

“Canada: A few acres of snow.”
    -Voltaire

“I want to thank all the Canadians who came out today to wave to me – with all five fingers!”
    -President George W. Bush

“A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It’s a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it’s because it’s proven.”
    -Prime Minister Jean Chrétien (on finding no Iraqi weapons of mass destruction)

“Canadians are the people who learned to live without the bold accents of the natural ego-trippers of other lands.”
    -Marshall McLuhan

“Canadians have an abiding interest in surprising those Americans who have historically made little effort to learn about their neighbour to the North.”
    -Peter Jennings

“The great themes of Canadian history are as follows: Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.”
    -Will Ferguson

“In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.”
    -U.S. President Bill Clinton

“Canadians have been so busy explaining to the Americans that we aren’t British, and to the British that we aren’t Americans that we haven’t had time to become Canadians.”
    -Helen Gordon McPherson

“I don’t even know what street Canada is on.”
    -Al Capone

“We’ll explain the appeal of curling to you if you explain the appeal of the National Rifle Association to us.”
    -Andy Barrie

“Canada is the greatest nation in this country.”
    -Former Toronto mayor Allan Lamport

Happy Canada Day, eh!

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