I went to Leroy↑ today, in part, because I could take this first shot of what many people↑ think of when they think of Canada. In all honesty, I also went there because it’s too darned hot outside and this region gave me some relief. :)
I’m Canadian and, yes, I say “eh?”. Frankly given the choice between that and “huh?”, I’ll stick with the former. :p
It’s Canada Day today, which means absolutely nothing to most of the world (with the exception of those who keep asking why we celebrate July 4th on the 1st). Unlike the physical world, most of us don’t sew Canadian flags onto our outfits when we travel around – but we’re in there and we’re usually very proud of this Country.
There are many misconceptions about Canada out there. We don’t all LOVE hockey – but if you were around back then, each and every one of us can tell you where they were when Henderson scored that goal↑ (I was in the Faculty Club at UBC and the roof jumped 3 feet in the air).
I had a brief Twitter argument with somebody months ago – somebody I’d always assumed was fairly well educated. He said “well, you in Canada don’t understand because you’re a homogeneous Country”↑. This resulted in a lot of “eh?”responses from Canadians who followed him. I should introduce him to the asshole politician from California, Darrell Issa, who likes to say “Vancouver, or as we call it down here, Hongcouver…”.
Fox News has a lot of issues with us – which given their general level of intelligence isn’t too surprising. They’ve expressed a lot of ignorance over the years, and often deliberately become very offensive. Their biggest complaint recently was that having two official languages means we “are not great for television”↑.
There are lots of stereotypes about us – most of them exist because they’re true. However, We Are More↑. On the other hand, one of the aspects of our national identity we cling to is our ability to laugh at ourselves↑. Even when the rest of you poke fun. :)
I’m going to close once more this year with that great Canadian Beer commercial. Even a nation of boring and self-deprecating individuals can cheer one day a year. Eh?