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Old 03-10-2017, 01:03 PM
 
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Northern US = Canada

Canada is quite different from the American south or the South west though. (Culturally the South West overlaps with Northern Mexico). Cowboys, semi-arid landscapes, spicy food.
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Old 03-10-2017, 01:14 PM
 
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Noting of course that Canada's foreign policy differs from the US. Cuba for instance and us not joining you in the last Gulf War.
Really?

Perhaps you don't realize that your country most certainly has been in iraq, Afghanistan, libya, Syria etc. How do you not realize you've had your own military members killed in action?

And by the way, Canadian joint task force 2 (JTF2) is a top tier special operations unit (think seal team 6 and delta force) that is all the hot spots fighting terrorists.
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Old 03-10-2017, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Really?

Perhaps you don't realize that your country most certainly has been in iraq, Afghanistan, libya, Syria etc. How do you not realize you've had your own military members killed in action?

And by the way, Canadian joint task force 2 (JTF2) is a top tier special operations unit (think seal team 6 and delta force) that is all the hot spots fighting terrorists.
I am TOTALLY aware of where and when Canada's has been.

My point is that we don't just follow US foreign policy. Cuba's is the obvious one, but perhaps you are unaware that we didn't join you in the last Iraq war.

Canada's 'No' To Iraq War A Defining Moment For Prime Minister, Even 10 Years Later
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Old 03-10-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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A lot of it has to do with ignorance. New Zealanders, as do Canadians, are mistaken for another Nationality. Same with Austrians explaining they aren't German.

So these groups get accused of being insecure,(mainly Canadians it seems ) or lacking their own culture, when really what they are doing is explaining who they really are and not what people think they are.

I've experienced this in real life and on this board. Canadians are accused of being nothing but " not Americans" and when differences are brought up, we are shot down

God forbid we even try and do anything to preserve and create our own culture.
We get quite a few Canadian TV programs here in Australia; mainstream shows like 'Heartland' and lot of indigenous issues/focussed material shown on our NITV network. They're all pretty distinct from US (and Australian) programs.
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Old 03-10-2017, 03:07 PM
 
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Totally depends where in the US and Canada the person is from. There are many words where the emphasis is said differently. Permit, and detail are just two. I can tell some Americans by the way they pronounce it.
About is a dead give away too, but I can usually tell before getting to the key words.
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Old 03-10-2017, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Northern US = Canada

Canada is quite different from the American south or the South west though. (Culturally the South West overlaps with Northern Mexico). Cowboys, semi-arid landscapes, spicy food.
The problem here is thinking "culture" is a single thing that you can be close to or far from. Two places can be very similar in some respects and very different in others. How you weight those different categories is completely subjective and context dependent. That's why these threads constantly comes up, because by its very nature the question cannot have a definitive answer.
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Old 03-10-2017, 06:23 PM
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Location: Ontario
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Northern US = Canada

Canada is quite different from the American south or the South west though. (Culturally the South West overlaps with Northern Mexico). Cowboys, semi-arid landscapes, spicy food.
I get your point.

Though Canada does have cowboys... in southern Alberta, SW Saskatchewan, and interior BC.
Huge ranches, some still old school.

Also some semi-arid landscapes too, in same locations as cowboys/ranches.
Not nearly as huge areas as in western US.
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Old 03-10-2017, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I live in a US /Canada border city and if I go 100 miles north or go 100 miles south either way it's very similar. You'll know your in a different country but it feels very similar.

I probably have more in common culturally with Canadians than I do with people in Arizona.
Same here. There isn't much difference between Michigan and Ontario. Particularly the rural areas, and the smaller cities and towns. In Michigan, we also say ''eh?", we have maple syrup fresh from the trees, we play euchre. It shocked me when years later I heard those were unique Canadian things that only Canadians did.

I researched the euchre-playing, ''eh"-saying Americans...and its around 40-50 million Americans....throughout the Northern parts of the Midwest..which is an even larger population than all of Canada itself.

Granted, the U.S. is a big place, and there is fantastic diversity, and much of the U.S. isn't like that 40-50 million in the upper MIdwest.....but still. Canada feels very culturally similar to a Midwesterner.
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Old 03-10-2017, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I get your point.

Though Canada does have cowboys... in southern Alberta, SW Saskatchewan, and interior BC.
Huge ranches, some still old school.

Also some semi-arid landscapes too, in same locations as cowboys/ranches.
Not nearly as huge areas as in western US.
Yeah cowboy culture extends from Northern Mexico across the plains all the way up into Canada. These plains regions also share a similar native american culture. Athabascan languages were spoken from Alaska down to Northern Mexico.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Lived in Canada for awhile, and have spent extensive time in Australia & UK.

Day to day life, generally more like the US (Northern states). Although Not culture shock, it still has a different feel than the US.

However, demographics. Canadian demographics are more like Australian, and all the implications surrounding- more Asian-influenced, no Latino or distinct Black subculture. "Urban" population dispersed across just a handful of cities. Although yes I find Canadians to still be very different from Australians- in their demeanor, outlook. Canadians and Brits are far more polite than Australians.

Educationally, institutionally- Canada is probably more like the other countries than the US.
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