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

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

As Canadians enter into the year 2012 I can't help but wonder if it will really be a good year or not.  During the election campaigns, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised no new taxes or increase in taxes.   Then I saw a news segment a couple of days ago where although it was termed as being taxes EI premiums and CPP contributions were increasing.  Well I don't care whether you call it a premium or contribution, the bottom line in Canadians are seeing an increase in taxes.  You can call a sow's ear silk but it is still a sow's ear!  There is no doubt about it, thanks to Harper most Canadians will have less money in their pockets.  What does this really mean though?  You see less money in Canadian pocket with more money going to the government is fine and dandy except less money means those Canadians are not going to be spending as much.  I fear the Canadian economy is going to be rocky for quite some time.  It's too bad that 2012 has already been greeted in with the broken promises of the Conservative government!


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