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

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Liberal Attack Ads

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has become a great source of fodder for both comedians and bloggers with his decision to prorogue parliament. Not only has the Harper government come under the criticism of the Canadian public they have come under attack by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff with some rather interesting ads chastizing the proroguing of parliament. Although he is currently saying the Liberal party will not force a spring election that could easily change. It is evident that they are intent on doing a bit of mudslinging but that is to be expected. Rick Mercer points out in this short video that the Liberal party is not without scrutiny by the Canadian public either. Enjoy!

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Message From Transport Canada

Recent terrorist events have resulted in increased airport security. It is nice to see that Transport Canada has increased security at Canadian airports as well with the introduction of new body scanning technology that sees right through your clothing. There is the remote chance or given the level of technology now available that the resulting graphical image of a person's naked body could somehow make in online to sites such as Facebook. Even though Transport Canada is saying this won't happen and the images will be kept for a short period of time you can bet your bottom dollar someone within the airport security will leak an image out just to prove it can be done. Surely this is contrary to Canada's Privacy Act but the general premise has been to get the scanners in place and active in the name of increased security then worry about privacy issues later. Now once these scanners are in place and considering the costs involved what are the chances of them being removed because they are an invasion of privacy?

Once again Rick Mercer gives a humorous perspective on the new airport security measures being approved by Transport Canada. It just might be a good time to find another mode of travel. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Canadian Parliament is Prorogued

image source and caption: courtesy of cp24 News

Every Canadian by now knows that the Prime Minister Stephen Harper prorogued parliament. The reason given was to allow Canadians the time to enjoy the winter olympics. I'm sure that was the real reason ! I'm thinking it is more likely an avoidance of being accountable to the Canadian people with respect to Canada's handling of the Afghan detainees and environmental issues. Many Canadians are not happy with Harper's decision to prorogue parliament and they are voicing their opinion. Humour is a great way to show some of this displeasure with the Conservatives. Once again Canada's leading funny man does not disappoint.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Waking Up Canadian

The Citizenship Act was amended on April 17, 2009 resulting in giving Canadian citizenship to certain people who lost it and to others who are recognized as citizens for the first time. The new law also protects the value of Canadian citizenship by limiting citizenship by descent to one generation outside Canada.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year 2010

happy new year greeting from Canadian Perspective