Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Canadian Humour

There is no doubt about it Canadians have almost a unique sense of humour. It has a bit of a British humour edge but it's different. There are several wonderful examples of our Canadian humour with one of the funniest being Rick Mercer poking a tongue in cheek fun at how much Americans do not know about Canada. If you haven't seen Rick Mercer in all his Canadian glory, here is a great video clip of him Talking to Americans. Notice how he can deliver the lines without cracking a smile? Well there you have Canadian humour at its finest, eh?

The best part of our Canadian humour is not about poking fun at other countries although we do take a good crack at England on occasion, we really take pleasure in poking fun at ourselves. This can be very, very funny stuff. Why? Well, why not? Hey, we have to do something during the 6 months of winter darkness we enjoy each year, snuggled in our igloos, watching our one and only tv channel (kudos to CBC!) while waiting for Wiarton Willy to come out and tell us that winter will now last another 6 months! This is always a bit discouraging because at some point one does have to fasten on the snowshoes and hit the rough hewn trails to go for maple syrup, peameal bacon, beer, Kraft dinner®, ketchup and poutine. It does not even fizz us that our navy (one canoe) cannot gracefully glide through the iced up waters. Despite all this no we are a friendly, polite bunch ready to poke fun at ourselves every chance we get.

Joel Klebanoff, a fellow Canadian, has been gratiously debunking myths about Canada on his blog. You can read four of his entries here, here, here and here. I will warn you to not be drinking anything while reading his entries unless you need to wash your monitor. His entries are another great example of Canadian humour. Funny, must read stuff!


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  2. Funny? This is what I think:


    Much love and warm weather your way,