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

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Times are Changing in Canada

Over the past five weeks I said very little regarding the upcoming election that was held on May 2.  I think the bottom line is I really did not want to do a lot of bad mouthing.  I purposely avoided some of the political mud slinging.  In many ways it was a rather quiet election BUT given the results a very historical one.  The Conservatives headed by Stephen Harper won a majority government effectively giving Michael Ignatieff and his Liberals about the biggest flipp-off ever.  It's not like Ignatieff and the Liberals didn't deserve it.  After all Canadians did not want this election and that was reflected in the polls.  But Canadians spoke more through their votes that just kicking the Liberals butts.  Duceppe lost his home riding as did Ignatieff but Duceppe took the gentleman's approach  resigning as head of the Bloc Quebecois.  Apparently Quebec has decided that separating from Canada is no longer a great idea so they put their vote over to the NDP effectively snubbing the Bloc Quebecois which is effectively no more.  Not to be outdone, Elizabeth May leader of the Green Party won a seat!  This is huge as it is the first time they have ever wone a seat.  If you look at it, this really was a historical election in Canada!

1 comment:

  1. I have to say that my respect for Duceppe grew the night of the election. His speech was graceful and very classy. He was sad but accepting and very respectful of his opponents. Honestly - it felt very Canadian of him, which perhaps he wouldn't want to hear. I wish him the best in his retirement.

    Since I'm an Anglophone married to a French-Canadian and raising two bilingual kids, I would be much happier if Quebec would accept itself as a valued, necessary part of Canada.