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, February 17, 2013

Do Not Drive in Florida with Canadian License Plate!

Florida State has issued a new International Driver's Permit (IDP) that must be carried to make you <sarcasm>English language issued Canadian driver's license valid</valid>.  That's because troopers in Florida learned American English and don't know how to read Canadian English.  I'm thinking them there, y'all teachers over in the US need to start teaching English.  Just saying.  Your rental car company will not rent to you and your insurance company will not cover you if you do not have an (IDP) which will cost you $25 plus time plus passport pictures plus being annoyed.

If you have a Canadian license plate, definitely avoid the St. Pete's area as those cops are rumoured to be beyond brutal even if you have an IDP.  Do not drive anywhere in Florida with a Canadian license plate!

This has to be one of the biggest bonehead moves the state of Florida has ever made to squash tourism.  I'm not kidding.  We are only two voices but we routinely rent our place out to Canadians when we aren't there.  I get it Florida, you don't like Canadians so we will be taking our money elsewhere.  Now, I am not going to go quietly but I do wish your state and the lack of Canadian dollars well.  Oh and I'm not the only one feeling this way.  Just read some of the comments from tourists changing their plans of traveling to Florida.  Have a good one <snort>


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