We Are Canadian– and what’s wrong with that?




Yesterday my American mother-in-law sent me a post about Canadians and I thought I would share. Author Robert Reich wrote a great post and I am posting several comments here from a long list

Robert Reich–Back from Canada, and debating Newt Gingrich and Laura Ingraham. One thing that strikes me every time I visit Canada is now extraordinarily polite Canadians are, and also how they take for granted that the members of a society have certain obligations to one another. The contrast with the America of Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, and Laura Ingraham couldn’t be starker. Yet we live just across the border from each other, and our American accents are almost identical. How to explain the difference?

What do you think?


Dennis MooneyI’m a Canadian living in the USA and I see the difference daily. Canada never had the issue of slavery that in itself divided the country. Slaves dreamed of escape to Canada. We have an east west due but nothing like the north south divide here. Its not about race it color. Canadians differ on matters of economics not race.

People joke that Canadians are always saying thank you or excuse me. We are more polite for sure. No one says “have a good day” which always sounds so insincere here.

Religion is also a big difference. No one says “I’m blessed” or “have a blessed day” because religion does not define a Canadian. Down here in the south we have churches in most corners. Canada had enough but not too to many. Religion is a private matter in Canada. ‘In the USA it colors everyone thoughts.

We are also a country of two official languages. We have a minister of defense who is ex military and a Seikh. We had a national party headed by a person on Indian descent.

We are tolerant. That’s the main difference. We are also well read. W don’t show Fox News. The Toronto Globe and Mail is one of the best most honest newspapers in the world. The CBC is highly rated and impartial.

We carry on conversations that have substance. Its not always about football or reality TV. We actually have dinner discussions about global issues.

Canadians travel more. We vacation in Cuba not the Bahamas.

Hand guns are not something anyone thinks about. We don’t worry about kids getting home of their parents gun. Ever.

We are so different and we fight to keep it that way.


Sarah DoyleI think the increased taxes we pay in Canada for socialized healthcare etc. are a worthwhile investment to look after each other as a community, instead of the USA lower tax option to look out more for “number one”.

Jim FriendA few things. Our Parliamentary system means more parties and more ideas coming into the mainstream. No insane gun laws. Canadian winters mean everyone helps each other, because everyone get’s stuck. Did you know that it was our 3rd party who brought about Universal healthcare in Canada ?

Jay SremmusHaving a conversation w/ a Taxi Driver in Toronto one day, I commented how pleasant Canadians were. He said “Because we’re a content society.”

How could so much could be summed up in 5 words.


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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