07 November 2006

Canadian humor

Remember the aftermath of 2004 elections, when there was a map of North America circulating, tying the blue states and Canada together into a United States of Canada, and calling the red states Jesusland?

Well, here is a Canadian rebuttal. I recently commented on the Silenced Majority blog, and DiAnne responded by posting this snippet, which she had gotten from a friend who moved from the US to Canada. It is so telling of the attitudes of both countries, that I feel obligated to post here as well.

As a Canadian, I have to disagree with your proposed 'United States of Canada". Canada has provinces not states, so the name of the expanded country will remain 'Canada'. Please leave your imperial attitudes in your country of origin. You are not taking over Canada, you are arriving as guests with propects of becoming Canadian citizens.

Canada would be pleased to admit Washington as a province in order to round out its protection of its major west coast port of Vancouver.

Canada does not want Oregon or California in order to prevent the emergence of a political entity called Cascadia which, of course, would be a serious blow to a coast-to-coast-to-coast Canada.

Michigan we would probably give to our natives to fulfill the promise we made to them for their support in Canada's victory in the War of 1812.

We would be interested in reclaiming Maine and would also be interested in adding New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York. We are not interested in Massachusetts or lower New York state because of the drain on the public purse when global warming indundates Boston and New York City.

In addition, all of this would happen over time in order to avoid an American take over Canadian politics. We will give you time to leave behind all those unproductive American attitudes and adopt the more progressive and communal attitudes of Canadians.

There will be some surprises when an American immigrates to Canada:

1. Canada is a multi-cultural country not a melting pot. This means that you will be involved with people of different cultures on their terms.

2. There is strict gun control and no right to bear arms.

3. There is less litigation in Canada. Monetary awards are significantly less. There are no draconian prison sentences.

5. Taxes are higher.

6. There is a national medical system. While you are free to choose your physician, you cannot buy treatments.

7. There are two official languages - English and French.

8. If you live in Quebec your children will be educated in aFrench language school and you will be restricted to an official list of names for new-borns. You will meet people who do or refuse to speak English.

9. Canada's main enemies are the U.S. (now Jesusland) and Denmark.

10. Communism has a legal political party.

11. One of our favourite vacation spots is Cuba.

12. The growing season is shorter. Winter is longer and colder. Be prepared to like and participate in winter sports.

13. Canadians have a respect for but are wary of Americans (based on 400 years of American attempts to take over Canada).