I hadn't read this thread until today. Props
: size large. This is the sort of discussion that promotes a better understanding between folks
within Canada and as a bonus may dispel some inaccurate notions that our valued neighbours to the South may or may not hold. Canadians know more about
America than Americans do about Canadians and it's partly our fault.
The unity of Canada as a sovereign nation, has it's place, so does provincialism, regionalism (witch can go beyond municipalites to include
provinces), municipal-ism, right on down to the 'hood and it's ethno-mix.
Canada is a unique exotic - a young experiment that by most accounts seems to be going better than some. On this planet we are the last "frontier"
worth anything in an "American" sort of way.
The greatest asset we have is each other. We primarily live in the Southern-most 10% of the nation. We have provinces and municipalities large and
small. Some provinces will fit in some municipalties population-wise.
Each, person and their perspective in Canada is unique with a bunch of great things that makes them who they are... some "character" traits are
regional and cultural, geographic, some political, some economic and some have bias.
Or I should say I at least have bias of pride in my country, my province and my municipality, my street... especially the people, all the people...
our differences are our strongest asset.
Can Canada have a singular international "identity"? We are a blend of old world colonization after aboriginal-cultural-displacement legacy (which
is a poor, but spirited start) and a vibrant and continuing 3rd generation of immigration.
This blend if properly promoted in a balanced and sustainable way means we are very well connected to the rest of the world in culture and business...
immigrant Canadians phone home too and sell stuff, lots of stuff.
It's a bit like with the Americans and is based on perception, preception and misconceptions and some truth. All the good parts are true and looking
at the thread the bad parts are exceptions and over-generalization of variuos groups of folks... you know those"other" Canadians, not like us "good
or better" Canadians.
If you can take the time, travel Canada, a bit at a time. I have not been to the Yukon... savin' that for before I die. I haven't been to PEI but
I'm headed there next summer for some work.
We have a wonderful international reputation until recently and this misconception that we have somehow changed in any substantial way since 911 as a
nation-people IS NOT OF OUR DOING. Look South and think politics and media and power. They're lookin' North. Me too, way North. We don't start
stuff, we finish stuff.
Like The USA, Canada's consuner goods mostly come from Taiwan and China through the Pacific Gateway which needs a radical upgrade to handle the trade
We ship way more cars to the states than they ship here and they're of Japanese and Korean and Canadian corporate identity. There is Ford Canada,
General Motors Canda, and Diamler-Benz of Canada, oh yeah, and the important one Magna, parts by Stronach. Quebec is Bombardier... how America takes
the train to work... and flies regionally. We are a net exporter of oil and gas. We have the best economy in the G8 in regard to debt. Water? Most
fresh water in the world. What's not to like? Some.
We have diversified our trade through culture well and it is becoming more diverse - good. Since we are made of all the peoples of the world this
gives us an incredible and growing advantage for culture and commerce. Lots and lots of niches and we are in most and doing so on good terms.
Bad stuff - our fishers, farmers, arborial and manufacturing economies are in dire trouble and I can not understand the reluctance to help or defend
or assist to transition these Canadain industries that we all have benefited from in Canadian history.
Canada is young and exotic (NFLD didn't confederate till 1949) and a little temperamental till she gets warmed up but drop the clutch and there's
plenty torque... and lots of fuel. "Who" we are is a strategic asset. There is more "Who" in Canada than any other single nation. We're just
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