We are made out to be an extension of America, and sometimes get pulled into a discussion on our neighbour’s politics whether we choose to engage in it or not.A tour guide once noted that we were essentially the same because we had elected a “crazy conservative President, like Bush”.How can a veiled woman be identified in her Driver’s Licence, for example, if her face is covered.
We are made out to be an extension of America, and sometimes get pulled into a discussion on our neighbour’s politics whether we choose to engage in it or not.A tour guide once noted that we were essentially the same because we had elected a “crazy conservative President, like Bush”.
Once, while checking into a hostel in southern Chile, we overheard some Aussies talking with Brits about who they’ve met on the road. (And we’re real sorry about that.) Both Pete and I wear a Canadian flag on our backpacks, proudly.
Some people do it in order to be automatically distinguished from our southern neighbours, but we do it for the instant rock-star status it brings.
Canada has come a long way since these times of immorality.
Following the Second World War, immigration is still selective, but is a major improvement in comparison to historical times.
We have met people that couldn’t point Canada out on a map.
And some of our dear friends from around the globe repeatedly pronounce it And then I found peace with it and shelved my Canuck ego. Or at least, better than the dark alternative of being hated because we’ve made the international news for something undesirable.Recent issues focus more on changes the things already occurring in the country, in contrast to preventing people from coming, or preventing changes from happening.For example, Bill 94 requires people in Quebec to “uncover their faces to identify themselves in order to receive government services” (1).(At the very least, even though Robin is fictional, she is better than some other representatives we have as a nation.) Understandably, popular culture is often the first teacher overseas, as it can transcend the barriers of language and miles (for English students in foreign countries, watching TV is often homework as means to improve their language skills).We don’t have the constant international media attention that our neighbours to the south have.And so, beyond a few well known celebrities, we ourselves as tourists are often the biggest exposure others may have to our home country. ” And I have to tell you, that was not the first time we heard that, and certainly not the last. We are pre-judged as awesome before people have barely spoken a word to us.Thankfully, those that have gone before us served our nation well. Although we do get teased for being too nice, too laid-back, and for apologizing too often.I see it as an opportunity – a perfectly clean slate.If we are their first exposure to anything truly Canadian, we try to represent our nation well.It was not uncommon for us, while living in this small remote Turkish town, to be questioned regarding their only exposure to our home country: a quirky Canadian character named Robin from the popular CBS sitcom, Robin is teased and tormented by her American friends for several stereotypes: her love of hockey and her obsessive use of the word “eh” when drinking, as well as the unsubstantiated notion that all Canadians fear the dark.Chair throwing aside, Robin typically takes it all in stride and represents us fairly well.