How do non-Canadians view Canadians or life in Canada?


Hi everyone,
Just curious how you all look at Canada or Canadians. It seems most of the people on the forums are Americans, eh (notice how i threw that in).


[quote=TreeHugger]Hi everyone,
Just curious how you all look at Canada or Canadians. It seems most of the people on the forums are Americans, eh (notice how i threw that in).

The Canadians I know personally who live here in the US are nice people, and don’t seem much different than an American (except for that “eh” thing… haha). The overall impression (limited though it is) of Canada that I have is that it is much more liberal than the US with regard to moral issues. And, the Canadians I have met in Europe have a superiority complex-- they go out of their way to tell Europeans they are NOT Americans. Personally, I don’t see a whole lot of difference, really. Our countries started out with most of the same immigrants and American TV has to influence the Canadian culture. But, to be honest, I don’t know a lot about the industry, economy, or government of Canada.


I work with several Canadians (they cross the border in Detroit\Windsor to work in the States).

Seriously they are all very cool, and I will agree with a previous poster who said most off them appear to be liberals. Not extreme pot-smokin tree huggers mind you, but somewhat liberal nonetheless.

All Canadians I work with were as upset as the rest of the rest of us that horrible day in Sept 2001.

It’s pretty cool living in a place so close to a “foreign country!” (haha)


I just noticed that your name is TREE-HUGGER!!

THAT IS SO FUNNY after what I wrote in my post! No offense of course… I happen to like trees myself!

(open mouth- insert foot.) :o


For a year I studied at Universite Laval in Quebec City, and I cherished every moment. As I was there I had dreams that I was back in the States, and these were typically depressing dreams (just short of categorizing them as “nightmares.”)

I first fell in love with Canada at 14 when we took the Scotia Prince from Portland Maine to Yarmouth NS, and then drove to Halifax and then visited long lost relatives of ours that I had since before known about and since yet meet again.

I heart, heart, HEART Canada. Frankly, I’d prefer to be Canadian. I love New England, and I love the Northeast, but as for the rest of the country, I feel no kinship. I met a lot of Newfies at Laval, and many other Anglophone Canadians and they were some of the best people I’ve met, ever. During every moment I’ve spent in Canada I’ve developed the realization that the culture I was coming across was one of the best in the world. I have great fondness for Canadian television productions and comedy (Degrassi Jr. High, Dave Foley, Jim Carrey, SCTV, countless other fantastic Canadian entertainers…) You’ve got a great, great country. The only thing I can say is, when I was at school and got sick…I really was kind of scared in your hospital. I’m not saying, for society’s sake, that I couldn’t get used to it, but it DEFINITELY wasn’t what we’re accustomed to here. Yet, your sophisticated, sane Genre of Being isn’t something I experience in the American way of life, either.

Vive Le Canada!!!


Since I live right across the river, I’ve seen a good bit of Ontario and I’ve been to Montreal.

Windsor is just like Detroit with an accent. :slight_smile: But they do have the best Chinese food I’ve ever had (Shin-Shin restaurant).

I love Montreal! We spent 5 days there and still didn’t see every church in the city. It is an absolutely stunning, cultured, town. Very European (from what I’ve heard about Europe!). And the food! INCREDIBLE!! I love poutine! You can even get that and lobster rolls at McDonalds! But the best part was the churches. Any time of day, you can find a Mass.


Did you spend any time in Yarmouth, or did you go straight to Halifax? Just curious:)


I’m shocked…no one has asked about igloos lol.
We definitely have a mischievous side and take advantage of those who don’t know much about Canada. all in good fun, of course.
for example, when i went to paris with my highschool geography class, we convinced a girl from one of the Southern states that our currency was Canadian Tire money. (Canadian Tire is one of our hardware stores).
tee hee


I live close to the Canadian border :wink: and run into Canadians all the time. My best friend is “half-Canadian”. I think the only time I part company with Canadians is with liberalism and what I think is a new arrogance toward USA. Or maybe it’s just conservative americans.

BTW, do you read Relapsed Catholic?


How are you living without hockey??? :crying: :bigyikes:

Are you wearing sackcloth and throwing ashes over your head? :stuck_out_tongue:

GO WINGS! (hopefully next yr anyway!)



And definitely not liberal!


my husband and I honeymooned in Montreal this summer and just loved it. Canada seems like a nice place - very pretty, very clean, very safe. I do take issue with their leftist tendencies. For example a Canadian friend of mine told me of the new hate speech laws that prohibit any disapproval of homosexuality. A pastor paid for an ad in a newspaper that contained nothing but Bible verses about homosexuality. The pastor was fined under the hate speech laws. So in Canada, the Bible is hate speech! That’s just ridiculous. Also ridiculous is the movement to let Islamic shariah courts deal with disputes among immigrants. That’s absolutely horrid for the women in these communities - Canada should help them escape the backwards and repressive treatment they receive from Muslims, not encourage it!

On the bright side, when I’ve gone to Mass in Canada I’ve noticed the Catholics are much more reverent than they are in your typical US parish.


Hi TreeHugger,

I have a thread going in the Politics II forum on Canadian politics that you could check out–if you dare enter the forum. It’s getting quite heated on some of those threads! Only five more days and then things should cool down some…

I live in Washington state, north of Seattle, so I get Canadian TV, the CBC. My impression, after many years of watching The National, endless comedy shows from Winnipeg, strange children’s cartoons that must have been created by French-Canadians, a few dozen folk music specials and nightly hockey coverage, is that Canadians are pretty nice folk, more polite than Americans, but much more removed from their religious roots than the U.S.

Canada seems to have a much stronger cultural heritage from Britain than we do but also seems to incorporate and respect its native peoples better. Canadians are consensus-builders, while Americans are independent minded and quarrelsome.

One thing I am jealous of is that Canadians can send their children to Catholic schools for free, since they are paid for by the government. They may not be the most orthodox schools, but the ones you pay for here in the U.S. aren’t always either!

Despite the weird shows, Canadian childrens’ programming is the best. Or maybe its just the one channel we get. It is actually commercial free (unlike our PBS nowadays) and age-appropriate.

What’s the deal with the flu vaccines though? Why all the stink about “making sure Canadian vaccines are safe for Americans”? Does somebody think you guys have special Canadian cooties that make them unfit for American use or something? Sheesh. It’s not like Canada is Zimbabwe or something and I’m sure even Zimbabwe’s supply of vaccines are just fine for American use too.



Oh yeah, I forgot about the criticism of homosexuality being hate speech. That’s pretty bad.

Seems like the Church in Canada is entering a new level of persecution. On the other hand, my current favorite Catholic writer (see my signature below) is Canadian, from Combermere, Ontario. There are little pockets of orthodoxy everywhere.

Hadn’t heard about the sharia movement. Hope Canada doesn’t go the way of France and start outlawing religious garb in public schools. How the French can say they value diversity and force Muslim girls to remove their headscarves at school is beyond me. I think all the Christian girls should have come to school wearing traditional French headcoverings to make a point that modesty should be a universal virtue, although we are free to express it differently.


I think it would be more entertaining and a bigger eye openner for Canadian to give their views of Americans. But I don’t think most Canadians would feel comfortable being honest.


Life in Canada… I don’t have a positive view on it. I don’t like how Canada is controlled by a liberal government or how reading scripture in public schools is considered a “hate crime.” But there is still hope for Canada. Canadian voters will be able to decide the future of their country in their next election. I just pray that they make the Right decision. :wink:


Eh? I grew up in Detroit, Windsor was one of my favorite cities til you brought in the casinos, now I would not waste my time sitting in bridge traffic (tunnel makes me claustrophobic). Go Wings (hold that thought)


I’ve been through Canada a few times on the way to the East coast. I loved the scenery, and of course the people. I would really like to spend more time there someday. I am not happy with the adoration of our AWOL military. The adoration is missplaced. I can say that because we’re on a politics board. I would say you all seem like great folks, but a little too liberal for me. However you have a lot of heart. I grew up learning about Canada, our neighbor to the north in a very positive way. It is lately that I think things seem more tense. I think the war in Iraq has stressed us all. I believe in its necessity and it makes me at odds with all sorts of people.


I love Canadians, Canada, hockey, and curling. I’d love to live there. The only rude Canadian I’ve ever met was from Quebec, so he had an excuse. :slight_smile:

Seriously, though, the vast majority of Canadians I’ve met I’ve adored. They’ve all had the same dry wit and snarkyness that I have, so we have gotten along well. Some of my favorite comedians are Canadian (love the Kids in the Hall!), and bands as well (Barenaked Ladies). Since I’ve had more positive experiences than negative, I tend to think favorably of a person once I hear they are from Canada.


yes, the liberalism here is insane. i work for a church here part time as a secretary, and let’s just say…it’s hard to find an orthodox, non-liberal priest…at least in my neck of the woods. I was ecstatic tonight when i stopped by work and noticed that the Archdiocese of Toronto is making all 212 or so churches put inserts into their bulletins f/Right To Life. There is hope yet!!
as well, my fiance and i just finished our marriage prep course that was supposedly supposed to teach us about Catholic marriage. we ended up writing a letter to Catholic Family Services regarding the comments made by the presenter, including that “Anything goes in the bedroom as long as it is consensual”.
There seems to be this Canadian complex that moving left is being progressive in a positive sense.

OH, and to the poster who asked about hockey…(sorry, i can’t remember the name)…no worries!
WInter is fast approaching…we’ll have our own hockey games outside lol.

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