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.
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
Every country or even small areas in a country has their own 'isms' that are specific to that region. For some reason, Canadianism in general tend to confuse others, and by others I mean mainly Americans. As a Canadian who has vacation property in the US and Aruba, the confusion over Canadianisms is very much an American thing! The graphic by Jules Sherred originally on Geek Mom modified by Made in Canada illustrates 55 Canadianisms but there are are considerably more than those fifty-five! Notably absent are chesterfield, double double, loonie and toonie. My husband always calls a Robertson a Robbie using with a colour adjective with colour describing the size (eg. red robbie, green robbie). Come to think of it, I've only heard a square head screwdriver referred to as a Robbie. Tea towel appears in the graphic but I usually spell it T-towel. As the authour of a food blog I can attest the confusion that the term causes. Icing sugar causes the same confusion. Three cheers to Canadianisms! Now if we could just get Americans to understand the proper use of 'eh', eh?
I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my way, free to stand for what I think is right, free to oppose that which I believe wrong, and free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and mankind. - John Diefenbaker (From the Canadian Bill of Rights, July 1, 1960)
I am a wife, mother and grandma who enjoys the many aspects of homemaking. A variety of interests and hobbies combined with travel keep me active. They reflect the importance of family, friends, home and good food.