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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.


Wednesday, May 01, 2002

Next time, kick the tires. Over the last month, there has been a small brouhaha percolating between Canada and Britain. It seems that Canada, in an attempt to become a naval power at cut-rate prices, bought four used submarines from Britain earler this year. These subs haven't been used by Britain since 1994.

Now two of the subs have arrived, and at least one has a dent in it. Like a good used-car salesman, the British Royal Navy is dickering with Canada about where and when the damage occurred, "It was perfect when it left our shipyard. You must've run over a big bump or something."

And one of the other two subs has the minor problem of a crack in it, that could allow water into the vessel should it ever actually attempt to submerge.

Canada's Defence Minister Art Eggleton defended the purchase yesterday, saying the vessels were still a good buy.

"Those are excellent submarines and a quarter the price of new submarines," he told reporters in Ottawa.
For those who can't drive and talk at the same time. Damian Penny's province of Newfoundland has banned the use of cellphones while driving, becoming the first province in Canada to do so. Now if we could just prohibit people from playing their radios too loud in their cars....

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