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, February 18, 2013

Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds You

I've been reading up on this International Driver's Permit (IDP) that requires any non-resident of Florida to have this document.  I spent about 20 minutes long distance talking to them.  Like that isn't going to cost me big time!  Anyway, a very large portion of the Florida economy depends on Canadian tourists who either own their homes in Florida or rend for upwards of 6 months less a day.  We own our home in Florida in a very nice retirement resort but only spend about 3 months of the year spread over 3 visits.  While we are there we shop locally, support local businesses and are taxpayers.  When we first bought there almost four years ago, we wanted to make Florida our second home.  The local economy was bad with several chain restaurants and even book stores closed.  We have supported the local restaurants there and believe me I will put out my feelers to local restaurants who will be seeing a decline in Canadian tourists because of this law.  I don't care but any cop in the US should be able to read an English language license.  That's just my opinion and if they can't they should hire teachers who can teach the English language.  Oh and for the record, I will never, ever deal with CAA again!


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