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Old 09-29-2015, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Nation du Québec
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Like what Americans think of them? Why is this such a big deal in Ontario and the ROC?

Even if there is a small news piece in a little American town that mentions Canada then CTV take notice and over analyze the deep meaning of it. Actually when you ask a English Canadian to identify that culture they always mention something like contrasts to Americans. Take the Vancouver winter Olympics, the overall message was to use the events as a step to say to the earth "we are not America".

Does anyone else wonder why things are like this?
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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C'mon Bonjour.. These threads have been done to death... If you were really that interested in rehashing this dead horse topic you could have just resurrected any one of the billion of them in this very forum.. I'm sure you wouldn't have had to go back many pages to find one.. Often started by someone outside Ontario/R.O.C as you call it.
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Canada
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It's 99% penis envy. Also the Maritimes and Ontario were founded by the losers of the war of American independence so a substantial amount of butthurt was passed down through the generations and became so integral that it eventually formed the basis of nascent Canadian patriotism (or the lack thereof). I choose to ignore it.
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod/Green Valley AZ
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Well, it's not only Canadians who like to think about what's going on in the U.S. I'm married to a German (now U.S. citizen). Been to Germany many times, lived in Berlin 2 1/2 years. The Germans report on and discuss the United States and the goings on here lots more than we talk about what's going on in Germany. And don't really have much of a clue about what they're talking about..., which doesn't stop them for a minute!

Just saying.

Rich
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughhhhhh....these ****ing threads man, my eyes are bleeding. I don't think about America, I don't know anyone who TALKS about America unless something REALLY bad happens, AND I CAN SEE IT, RIGHT-NOW!!!

America blurts it's news ALL OVER THE GLOBE. It's media INSISTS on pushing on EVERYONE. Go blame them for cryin' out loud.


I'm an English Canadian. How do I identify myself? As a Canadian. So, I guess you're right, since I'm clearly not identifying myself as an American. Do I think I'm better? No. Do I think I'm less? No.

How do you identify yourself, Bonjour, up there in the...what's that say? "Nation" of Quebec?

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Old 09-29-2015, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Shoot me please.
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Shoot me please.
We're Canadians, we don't walk around with guns!
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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^^^ I think I see what you did there. lol
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Old 09-29-2015, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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We're Canadians, we don't walk around with guns!
No one said it had to be a Canadian
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Nation du Québec
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Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughhhhhh....these ****ing threads man, my eyes are bleeding. I don't think about America, I don't know anyone who TALKS about America unless something REALLY bad happens, AND I CAN SEE IT, RIGHT-NOW!!!

America blurts it's news ALL OVER THE GLOBE. It's media INSISTS on pushing on EVERYONE. Go blame them for cryin' out loud.


I'm an English Canadian. How do I identify myself? As a Canadian. So, I guess you're right, since I'm clearly not identifying myself as an American. Do I think I'm better? No. Do I think I'm less? No.

How do you identify yourself, Bonjour, up there in the...what's that say? "Nation" of Quebec?
I know that the US the biggest superpower and other countries want to know their news but I mean the identity of English Canadians. Why is that identity made like a comparison to the US. If I ask «what is a Canadian» most English Canadians say something like we say zed instead of zee, we are more peaceful than our neighbours, we are more polite, we have free healthcare. You see? Britain has free healthcare and they say zed and are peaceful enough I guess, but the description is made as a contrasting to the United States even when nobody says about the USA.

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How do you identify yourself, Bonjour, up there in the...what's that say? "Nation" of Quebec?
I identify as Québecois but I am trying to learn more about the other main culture we share Canada with right now and I think this is the first question that us outside of English Canada wonder about.

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Well, it's not only Canadians who like to think about what's going on in the U.S. I'm married to a German (now U.S. citizen). Been to Germany many times, lived in Berlin 2 1/2 years. The Germans report on and discuss the United States and the goings on here lots more than we talk about what's going on in Germany. And don't really have much of a clue about what they're talking about..., which doesn't stop them for a minute!

Just saying.

Rich
Rich I actually lived in Germany for a small period and I understand what you are saying. But it is that the Germans do not form their nationalism and identity in contrasting to American culture. If you ask a German what is a German she will talk about their cuisine, the language, their history and stuff along those lines. Do you see? When you ask the people in Ontario and BC what is a Canadian they will start talking about United States. I'm like..why?
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