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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New Florida Driving License Ruling

Florida apparently does not appreciate it's Canadian tourists.  They have implemented a new and mandatory International Driver's Permit (IDP) for all non-residents of Florida.  The law quietly went into effect on January 1, 2013.  If you are caught driving without and IDP in Florida, you can be arrested and put in jail.  If you are involved in an accident, your insurance company can refuse to cover any damages because technically in Florida without an IDP, you are not an officially licensed driver.  The IDP is a standardized document that translates a driver's license from 10 languages into English.  Hello, the vast majority of Canadians have driver's licenses written in English!  The IDP is only available through CAA (yep, nice little pay cheque for them) and it is only $25.  It requires a valid Canadian driver's license and two passport sized pictures. But it is another piece of political nonsense we just don't need.

We own property in Florida and many of our friends vacation in Florida so this of course concerns us.  We do have Florida resident IDs so from the ruling I think we are exempt.  We also have Nexus (better than passports involving special screening process) and Passports so why the heck do we need another piece of ID to prove our driver's license is indeed written in English?  Are they smoking something funny down in the sunny south?  Talk about a moronic move!  For hundred of Canadians leaving for a nice, warm vacation in the sun for March break, this is going to come as a very rude awakening.

This might just be time to put our Florida house on the market and give them the old heave ho.  I'm not kidding!  There are so many other tourist destinations that know how to treat their tourists right.    If Florida is going to start treating snowbirds in this fashion than we can easily take our money elsewhere!


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