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Attention Canadians: How are You different from US Citizens?

 
 
Ceili
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:23 pm
I'm from the west of canada, Alberta the hotbed of hatred toward the east - well let me eleborate......
We don't hate Quebec, we are just pissed about transfer payments and the fact all of our prime ministers come from la belle province. But hate is a little strong.

All Canadians have one universal hate TORONTO - the centre of the universe. lol
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:26 pm
Ceili wrote:
I'm from the west of canada, Alberta the hotbed of hatred toward the east - well let me eleborate......
We don't hate Quebec, we are just pissed about transfer payments and the fact all of our prime ministers come from la belle province. But hate is a little strong.

All Canadians have one universal hate TORONTO - the centre of the universe. lol


Oooh...now them's fightin' words Ceili...
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Ceili
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:33 pm
Put up yer dukes!
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:37 pm
You dishonour my dead prairie relatives...
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:38 pm
Now it is my duty to kill...
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Grand Duke
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:39 pm
Ceili wrote:
All Canadians have one universal hate TORONTO - the centre of the universe. lol


Like how most Britons hate London? Do you think there are some parallels between Canada's internal "racism" (not sure if that's the correct word) and the way that the Welsh & Scots hate the English, and that Northerners (of England) hate Southerners?

In this every-changing world in which we live in (to quote Wings' Live & Let Die), can you see the French-Canadians, who it seems are liked by neither the French nor the other Canadians, getting their own country sometime in the next few decades?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:42 pm
The big problem with Quebec separation being successful is that as a result of native land claims settlements, the Quebecois would have no natural resources to rely on for income. The Innu have already told Quebec that if it secedes from Canada, they will secede their part of Quebec (which is huge, and has an amazing natural resource base) back to Canada. It's a messy situation.
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Grand Duke
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:46 pm
So the Innu would rather be part of the rest of Canada, than live under Quebecian rule? Are the Quebecians really that bad?
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shepaints
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:48 pm
l'exception à la règle...the best thing about living
in Ontario is proximity to la Belle Provence....I
go there twice a year.......

Les gens, la ville, le pays, ski de fond, le faire du ski, la cuisine, le vin, les modes, les chansons, la joie de vie, c' est la vie !
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:48 pm
Personally, I like the Canadians and find them to be a very polite, entertaining lot. The last time I was in Canada, back in '92, I pulled over to a wayside rest to have a sandwich and stretch out a little.

I'm not there for more than 30 seconds and here comes a whole buncha Canadians toward me. If you'll look at the accompanying photo, from left to right... Ceili, Montana, Ehbeth, and Cav. You can barely see blatham in the background.

http://www.loc.gov/wiseguide/feb03/images/photo02-film.jpg

And, incidentally, that was the day I first learned of A2K. So I guess you can thank the Canadians for my presence here.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:49 pm
All Toronto jibes aside, I don't see Quebec separating any time soon, unless of course they are willing to give in to the Innu-controlled territories, and print their own money. IMHO, separatism is a political smokescreen. Montreal, however, is indeed a great city.
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Grand Duke
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:54 pm
My knowledge of the Canadian political system is equal to my knowledge of 13th century German literature. Could they have some sort of regional parliament, like the Scots & Welsh? ('Scuse my ignorance if they already do.)
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 06:59 pm
cavfancier wrote:
Montana wrote:
But don't forget that they hate us as well.


Lets also not forget that the US National Guard goes on full alert every time there is a 'separatist uprising' in Quebec. I'm guessing it's for the chance to get natural resources, not because of a real threat. Razz


Laughing
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 07:00 pm
The Colonization of Canada--

(Reading Cav, thanks)

Damn if the French didn't weasel out of colonization for 60 years... le cold.

(Back to the story...)
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 07:05 pm
Reading... I see the French weren't on foreign soil for two weeks before finding someone to surrender to. What are the odds?

(Priceless)

(It may have been three weeks...) Anyway, good story.

(Reading...)
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 07:12 pm
Actually, I personally don't have anything against Quebec or the French, but I hear they don't like the english. During tourist season in my area, I see tons of Quebec plates, so they musn't all hate us. I know they'd like to branch off from Canada and I can't understand what they are saying when they talk, but other than that I don't know much about what they think. I don't hear anyone around here talking badly about the people of Quebec, except for them saying that they can't drive for ****. Maybe they like my area because it's a place where they can go where the people actually drive worse than they do.
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 07:17 pm
I skipped forward, but really cav-- thanks for the link. I plan to use it and finish up. It amazes me how much I forgot about basic Canadian history.

And, how much I never heard.

I was wondering how much Canadian history is taught in our schools--and how much American history is taught elsewhere?

I can see the Quebec thing is not actually all that funny. I didn't know a Canadian PM was murdered in the 70's. More than a little tense.

Mayhap we should talk about some of those around here every so often, rather than 20 threads about the same dumb issue...
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2004 08:49 pm
When we were in Quebec, it happened that a number of separatists (or was it the same one repeated a lot?) were being let out of prison.

It was odd seeing (a) nice, soft, gentle, polite Canadian/s (we had been in New York city for some time - and I had just been mugged in the subway - which all the New Yorkers who came running up AFTER I had grabbed most of my money back, and acted fierce, and he had gone said NEVER happened any more, and Canada seemed so SOFT and civil in contrast - not but that I long to get back to New York) who had been (a) terrorist/s and killed folk in that way. Seemed really weird. But I remember the bombings and all.

Loved Quebec city and Montreal - but I noticed the Francophones suddenly spoke English when one hastily informed them that one was Australian and not Anglophone Canadian!

I found the French Canadian attitude towards France kind of sad and sort of pathetic. (Must be historical reasons for it though) You just knew the French didn't give a damn about them.
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shepaints
 
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Reply Sun 31 Oct, 2004 01:19 pm
Canadians talk about the weather a lot. They
also dont let a little snow and ice stop them from
having fun. In fact the snow and ice makes for
fun!
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Montana
 
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Reply Sun 31 Oct, 2004 01:32 pm
That's true. It's amazing how many people around here have a ski-doo. Hockey is the big thing in the winter over here and we do talk about the weather a lot.
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