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View Poll Results: Do you feel closer to Canadians in faraway provinces or to the Americans a stone throw south of you?
I am from Western Canada and I feel closer to NW Americans than I do to eastern Canadians 1 12.50%
I am from Eastern Canada and I feel closer to Midwest/NE Americans than I do to Western Canadians 2 25.00%
I am from Western Canada and I feel closer to Eastern Canadians than to NW Americans 3 37.50%
I am from Eastern Canada and I feel closer to Western Canadians than to Midwest/NE Americans 2 25.00%
Voters: 8. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-24-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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You identify more with Canadians who live in distant provinces, or with the Americans who live directly under you?

Obviously, to people who live in Yellowknife, Nunavut, Dawson, etc, this question isn't relevant, but to 90% of Canadians it is.

Would someone from Abbotsford BC feel closer to Halifax, NS or to Bellingham, WA? Would someone from Stoney Creek feel closer to someone from St. John's or Tofino than they would to someone from Erie, PA?
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I live in Northwest Washington state near Blaine/Bellingham, WA, and I definitely have a lot in common with folks from White Rock, Surrey, and Vancouver, BC. My g/f lives in White Rock so I'm definitely learning the ins and outs of Canadian culture.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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I live in Northwest Washington state near Blaine/Bellingham, WA, and I definitely have a lot in common with folks from White Rock, Surrey, and Vancouver, BC. My g/f lives in White Rock so I'm definitely learning the ins and outs of Canadian culture.
I could be wrong, but I also notice much more of a contrast between the US and Canada in the east too. Barrie is a different world from Rochester, NY, seriously the places could be a thousand miles apart, but on the other hand Vancouver doesn't feel that far away from Everett. I think it's the 'Cascadian' thing, the whole PNW doesn't really have a strong 'American' or 'Canadian' vibe, more like a mix of the two but also a feeling all to its own. There's not really a similar feeling in my opinion back east, Ontario feels nothing like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York State, though I get a feeling (haven't been there), that New England blends in with Quebec and the Maritimes to a degree.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I identify with individuals not nationalities. It's really a dumb question.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:01 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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I identify with individuals not nationalities. It's really a dumb question.
Well I didn't mean it in a racist or bigoted way, I just meant who would you say you culturally have more in common with?
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm pretty sure we had an identical question not long ago but perhaps the question came up in the middle of a thread about something else and I think the consensus was that Canadians feel closer to other Canadians.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Well I didn't mean it in a racist or bigoted way, I just meant who would you say you culturally have more in common with?
I did not mean to imply it was racist or bigoted. What I mean is that I can find all different types of folks in both countries. Personally I really don't like redneck culture but as a % of the population I can't say there are more of them in the USA than here in Canada. There is for sure way more Latino culture in the USA than here and black culture also. I don't have anything much in common with those cultures just simpley because I'm not exposed to them.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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that New England blends in with Quebec and the Maritimes to a degree.
More the Maritimes than Quebec.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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You identify more with Canadians who live in distant provinces, or with the Americans who live directly under you?

Obviously, to people who live in Yellowknife, Nunavut, Dawson, etc, this question isn't relevant, but to 90% of Canadians it is.

Would someone from Abbotsford BC feel closer to Halifax, NS or to Bellingham, WA? Would someone from Stoney Creek feel closer to someone from St. John's or Tofino than they would to someone from Erie, PA?
Your question is posed as a result of your relatively recent and increased exposure to Canadians as described by you in a later post.

I venture to say Canadians will on average identify more with other Canadians on a cultural basis WHEREVER they may be located in the very same manner that ex-pat Americans do when clustering together in other parts of the world.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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I feel closer to anyone in Canada than the U.S. No matter where I am living, even if it is a stone throw away. It's just because Canada's ideas and culture is quite unique and different. I live in Calgary and I would relate to more people from Newfoundland and even Quebec for that matter than anywhere in NW U.S. It may be just me but I feel the whole nation has more in common (Maybe Windsor being the exception)
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