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"Five axiomatic propositions of Canadian Nationalism vis-a-vis the Americans:

1. Boy, we hate Americans.

2. We really do.

3. Really.

4. I'm not kidding. We really hate them.

5. So how come they never pay us any attention?"

--Will Ferguson, Why I Hate Canadians, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997, p.105.


Saturday, February 16, 2002

Going toe-to-toe with the Canucks. An interesting article today on Canada-Russia trade talks waxed nostalgic about an exciting hockey contest between the two nations 30 years ago. It included this corker: "In 1972, the two countries were bitter Cold War rivals, and the hockey series was seen as a test of competing political -- and hockey -- systems.

Yes, I remember the Cold War, which pitted the Soviet Union against Canada in a global contest. We in the U.S. offered what moral support we could to the Canadians who valiantly went toe-to-toe with the Russkies for forty years. I only wish we could have done more to help out.
Selective outrage update, take five The United Nations food agency said two days ago that two children were killed by bombs dropped from a plane near where it was handing out food to starving refugees displaced by the war. Yet this received only one column inch in the Globe and Mail, on page 24, and a similar treatment in the New York Times. And the Guardian and Independent couldn't find time to note this atrocity at all. How can the media sweep this under the rug? Oh, it was a Sudanese government plane bombing its own people. Never mind -- it's not for us to impose our moral views on others.
Our Valiant Neighbor to the South The entire country of Canada is just now coming down from its adrenaline rush sparked by SkaterGate. In addition to the many column inches, both in the newspapers and at various Canadian bloggers' sites (e.g. Daimnation and HappyFunPundit, although much less so at Charles Tupper, and David Janes) devoted to the ins and outs of this saga, there is a welling of pro-U.S. sentiment because of the way that the American media and citizenry fought the good fight for Sale and Pelletier. Here are snippets from two separate editorials in the Globe and Mail today:

From Edward Greenspon, on closer relations between the U.S. and Canada: "The Americans took up our cause because the judging scandal at the Olympics offended their values of fair play and meritocracy. Thus the extraordinary embrace of our beautiful and talented skaters -- the best branding one can imagine for a globally competitive Canada -- serves as an expression of solidarity by a country confident of its self-identity and willing to stand up for what it considers right." ...and consequently Canadians shouldn't be concerned about any erosion of sovereignty as Canada integrates more closely with the U.S.

From Jeffrey Simpson: "Something was up when The New York Times began to editorialize. Usually given to weighty ruminations on economics, politics or foreign affairs, its editorial writers offered a few comments this week on 'A Duo Deprived,' the duo being Canadian figure skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier.... Other U.S. papers mirrored the Times's news judgment and editorial line that an injustice had been done to the Canadian pair in the Olympic competition. By the end of the week, the story was still running in all the major U.S. papers. It was rather a human story of obvious and flagrant injustice done to nice people from next door to which Americans, with their latent sense of fair play, responded."

So a quick memo to George Bush: Now is the time to ask again for Canada to harmonize its immigration policies with those of the U.S. While the afterglow lasts, you have a chance of getting this through.

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