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Old 11-29-2001, 01:56 AM   #16
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See this is very funny to read when talking about the differences of americans and canadians when canada. from provence to provence is very different from eachother. Quebec is the outcasts of canada. Many, and i mean many people in canada resent them. Then you have Ontario. They preety much run this country since they have the majority of population. Then you have Sask and Manitoba. Usually forgotten and brushed off. Manitoba is usually put in the same pile as Ontario. Then you you have NWT, Yukon ans Nunaviat. Either working camps where you can make over 100,000 a year, or Natives that still live in the artic. Then you have ALberta. The richest provence in the country. A real blue colar place to live. Never get heard by the men and women in Ottawa. Resents eastern canada. B.C., well the weed capitol of the world. Best marijuana in the world. 6 billion a year tax free industry. Also never a high priority in Ottawa.

Oh did i forget the maritimes. Ya that because everyone else does. Working class. Not rich. forgetable. according to polititions.

That is a over view of canada. But remeber thats from a hatefull albertan!

We are just another US state and if any canadian cant see that then they obviuoslly arnt looking at all. Our country is run by American companies. Much of the money we spend in canada goes right back to americans.
Alberta and the North are oil and diamonds rich. There are no Canadian companies mining these rich resourses. Its the biggest joke in Canada. We get robbed of BILLIONS AND BILLIONS every year.

If the US ever went to war and really was in a tight squeze for oil it could easily have the oil companies of america sell oil to the american gov;t at a lower cost. Pure robbery.

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Old 11-29-2001, 02:21 AM   #17
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Well actually, what do you mean by "American culture?" Please define it.

Regardless, I still think the entire premise of this question is irrelevant in this day and age. But I can honestly say that Americans tend to think very highly of Canadians, primarily because we see Canadians as the closest of any culture to our own... arrogant? of course, but it's also meant as a compliment... one thing I have always noticed is that Americans tend to embrace the similarities between the US and Canada, while Canadians search for the differences, which reveals both their pride and insecurities.

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Toronto is cool.
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Old 11-29-2001, 10:00 AM   #19
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Originally posted by ladywithspinninghead:
You guys don't think about anyone other than yourselves (and hence, don't know much about us!)...(sorry, I don't mean this in a rude way - I love Americans - but I'm just saying you don't get educated much about countries beyond your own borders...so not your fault!)
Excuse me, but how would you know what we get educated on? Did you go to any schools here?

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I never understood any of the stereotypes and such I've heard about Canadians.

I spent a semester going to school at Lake Superior State University, which is in Michigan, but it is right on the Canadian border (you can look and see Canada across the river from many spots on campus). Naturally, there were a lot of Canadian students. They really didn't seem any different from any of the American students. People tease them about how they talk ("a boat" and "a boot" instead of "about"), but a lot of people say that my Upper Peninsula accent makes me talk like that too...I guess I do sometimes, but not all of the time!

I am guilty of saying "eh" way to much though...

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Yes, I do. When I was in public school, we learned about other countries extensively. Of course, I have forgotten most of it - I graduated in 1985! But that's my fault, not the educational system's fault.

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I can't speak for the American education system, because I went to a boarding school in Indonesia. But I remember taking a whole semester of Canadian history and geography. We even had to draw maps of the country BY HAND and get all the topographical features and provinces and capitals right.
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People tease them about how they talk ("a boat" and "a boot" instead of "about"), but a lot of people say that my Upper Peninsula accent makes me talk like that too...I guess I do sometimes, but not all of the time!

WE DON'T SAY "ABOOT!" AMERICANS SAY "ABOWAT"!!

That's all I'm going to add to this discussion...

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Bonochick-- You're a UPer? Wow, I didn't know they let you out. kidding.

I spent 15 years living in Detroit, right across the river from Windsor, Ontario [which btw, is home to the greatest radio station in the world]. I love hockey and the Canadian national anthem and Don Cherry and drinking beer at 19 years old and all the other great things you get by living across the river from another country.

One reason some Americans seem ignorant about the country is because, well, we tend to be ignorant about each other. People in Kansas think of New Yorkers are snobby and obnoxious. Likewise, we think of Kansans as trailer park-lovin', wrestling-watching drunkards. If we're ignorant about people in our own country, why would it surprise you that we're ignorant about people in other countries?

I'm a proud American but I know there are many Americans who can't be bothered with international issues.
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well i for one live close to the canadian border and i can't say enough good things about canada. the radio stations are better and the bars (pure platinum and sundowner) are top notch. so i have a very fond view of canada and canadians.
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I was recently travelling in Europe. Whenever I met other native English speakers (ie. British, Australian, etc.) and they heard my North American accent, they ALWAYS asked if I was from Canada. The reason? They've learned in their travels that if you accidentally ask a Canadian if they're American they get very offended and state proudly that they are CANADIAN!...while if you mistakenly ask an American if they're Canadian they will most likely shrug, say "no, I'm from the States" and the conversation moves on. My point? It's more or less a non-issue for Americans. Canadians have an inferiority complex. But that's ok. We love you anyways.
I don't think you can fairly establish there is an "inferiority complex."

I was in Europe many times (I'm a Canadian who lived half her life in Europe). This past summer, I was in London. I went on a tour of Oxford with a friend, and the 2 tour guides (in their mid-late 20s) asked us "are you American?" We said, "no, we're Canadian." They replied (and this is the honest to God truth): "Oh, thank God! You know how you can recognize Americans? They're so loud, and they ask everything 3 times."

Some Canadians may have inferiority complexes. But for the most part, we are intensely proud of our country. And also, in travelling Europe, whether or not Americans like to admit it, there is a lot of anti-American sentiment. As somebody who's been there many, many times, I can vouch for this. There are preconceived notions of what the "ugly American" is. One such notion is the one I told you about. Yes, they may be incorrect stereotypes, but they also give further reason for why Canadian students don't generally go to Europe without a maple leaf sewn onto their backpacks.

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Who gives a shit guys?

We're ALL cool!

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I don't think you can fairly establish there is an "inferiority complex."
I'm just telling you what I personally have experienced. And trust me...as an American who has lived the majority of her life outside the U.S., I do KNOW all about anti-American sentiment. And I know all about ugly Americans abroad...I've had to put up with them plenty. But I also know how tired I am of being lumped into that group when I'm anything but that. But then again, stereotypes of any sort tend to marginalize. Be it stereotypes about Canadians or Americans. I've met some rude Canadians (gasp) in my time and some nice Americans. So it goes both ways.

As far as calling it an "inferiority complex" that's just good-natured teasing that me and my Canadian buddies always throw around at each other. Sorry it didn't come across as such to you.

And finally...all the guys I've ever dated have been Canadian...I have a feeling I may end up being one of you someday anyways. lol.

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I'm just telling you what I personally have experienced. And trust me...as an American who has lived the majority of her life outside the U.S., I do KNOW all about anti-American sentiment.
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i'm certain you've never done it, but what do you think of those american backpackers who sport the canadian flag instead of their own for a more 'peaceful' image?

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