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Canada Day? Bah, Humbug! Why Celebrate? We're in Serious Trouble
The Toronto Sun ^ | July 2, 2005 | Michael Coren

Posted on 07/02/2005 10:02:20 AM PDT by quidnunc

On Canada Day weekend I am supposed to behave like a good Canadian columnist. To say how wonderful this country is and how great and grand it is to be Canadian.

Sorry, not going to do it. I love Canadians, I love what this country has done for me, but I cannot serve it well if I play the game of adulation. Simply put, we're in big trouble.

The notion that this is the greatest country on Earth and that our cities are "world class" is, frankly, quite ludicrous. We have little history, few passable museums, mediocre galleries and minimal national pride. Our cities are mediocre at best and pale into insignificance compared to genuinely world-class centres like New York, Paris, London or Rome.

We do have natural beauty, but our summers are now clouded, in all senses, by smog warnings and endless housing developments are darkening the light of what was rural splendour.

We used to be a safe country. Not now. Gunplay is increasing at an extraordinary rate and, if we are to believe many street cops, at a much faster pace than we are told by various politicians and police chiefs. Some of our inner cities are becoming virtual no-go areas and the culture no longer has the courage to fight back.

Contrary to what you might be told, we are not particularly respected internationally. It is true that nobody hates us, but the reason for this is not affection but indifference. We are found amusing rather than admirable, a huge and empty country where lumberjacks and Mounties play in the snow.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: canadaday

1 posted on 07/02/2005 10:02:20 AM PDT by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc

Michael Coren is a little (ok a lot) too fiscally liberal for me, but he always makes good points about this kind of thing. Kinda depressing...


2 posted on 07/02/2005 10:05:44 AM PDT by Alexander Rubin (You make my heart glad by building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: quidnunc
Now I will receive a flood of e-mails calling me a traitor and telling me to go home. I will. Home is a nice house in nice Toronto in nice Canada. Thing is, I want more than "nice." I want good, noble, moral, selfless and proud. Happy Canada Day weekend.

Well... (counting fingers) none out of five. Sorry, Canada. As long as you look across the Atlantic rather than across your southern border for inspiration, you'll participate in the Eurodecay of our old cousins.

3 posted on 07/02/2005 10:08:25 AM PDT by kezekiel
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To: quidnunc

The guy is too hard on his country. Canada has plenty of culture. Why, I often cross the border to Fort Erie to watch the Canadian Ballet.


4 posted on 07/02/2005 10:08:38 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: quidnunc

The workers flag that shrouds our dead,
In all it's folds is colored red...

It's the socializm stupid! Kick out the commies, take back your country, and you'll get the good things back.

Now we need to take that advice ourselves.


5 posted on 07/02/2005 10:12:36 AM PDT by johnb838 (It's the socializm, stupid!)
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To: johnb838
Now we need to take that advice ourselves.

Good. Cause we're looking south for inspiration.

And see smog.

6 posted on 07/02/2005 10:16:57 AM PDT by Snowyman
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To: quidnunc
Too much fuss made about Canada, After all...they are only 26 million people.

But I guess it would be nice if those 26 million people had a good attitude about their freedom-loving neighbors to the South.

7 posted on 07/02/2005 10:17:52 AM PDT by what's up
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To: Snowyman
Really? American has done much to clean that up.

I think you're thinking the 70's.

8 posted on 07/02/2005 10:24:56 AM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up
I think you're thinking the 70's.

No, not really. Think about what I said . And the statement I was responding to.

9 posted on 07/02/2005 10:35:19 AM PDT by Snowyman
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To: Snowyman
Think about what I said . And the statement I was responding to.

Actually, believe it or not I do think about what a poster has said when I respond to him/her And, remarkably, I even think about the comment to which he/she may have replied.

10 posted on 07/02/2005 10:55:37 AM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

Have another beer, eh?


11 posted on 07/02/2005 11:20:10 AM PDT by Mongeaux
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To: fhayek
to watch the Canadian Ballet.

You mean lumberjacks log-stomping?

12 posted on 07/02/2005 11:28:34 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: expatpat

Not even close.


13 posted on 07/02/2005 11:30:36 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: Mongeaux
Oh, yeah...the "ehs"?

A a few of them are OK...but with some Canadians does that ever get old.

14 posted on 07/02/2005 11:31:41 AM PDT by what's up
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To: expatpat

It involves French-Canadian girls, poles, high heel shoes and little else.


15 posted on 07/02/2005 11:32:49 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek

Sounds like my kind of ballet. Did you mean poles, or Poles?


16 posted on 07/02/2005 11:36:29 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: expatpat

poles


17 posted on 07/02/2005 11:38:46 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: what's up

"But I guess it would be nice if those 26 million people had a good attitude about their freedom-loving neighbors to the South."

And it wouldn't be too bad, either, if we, who DO live in the greatest country in the world, had a good attitude to our neighbors to the north. Not all Canadians are American-hating liberals. It's easy to despise others who despise you back. The test of character is to love the ones who despise you. And I believe that Americans should be people who show the most character.


18 posted on 07/02/2005 11:41:20 AM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: righttackle44
I'm judging the country by the way they vote. Canada's not doing too good with freedom right now.

Of course there are individuals in Canada who are good people...just as there are in China, Cuba, etc. But Canada's record as a country lately is pretty bad. For example...the homosexual ruling? Putrid!

19 posted on 07/02/2005 11:45:49 AM PDT by what's up
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To: fhayek
The guy is too hard on his country. Canada has plenty of culture. Why, I often cross the border to Fort Erie to watch the Canadian Ballet.

LOL

20 posted on 07/02/2005 11:50:41 AM PDT by Gondring (The can have my Bill of Rights when they pry it from my cold dead hands.)
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To: what's up

"I'm judging the country by the way they vote."

I can accept that. Is sometimes frustrating to
see people misled by their politicians.

DOH!!


21 posted on 07/02/2005 11:51:58 AM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: expatpat

I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay...


22 posted on 07/02/2005 11:52:49 AM PDT by xkaydet65 (Peace, Love, Brotherhood, and Firepower. And the greatest of these is Firepower!)
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To: righttackle44
Oh, yeah...blame it all just the politicians.

It wasn't the liberal voters' fault we had to go through the Clinton mess. They were brainless, innocent victims. Sheesh.

23 posted on 07/02/2005 11:55:27 AM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

"They were brainless, innocent victims."

What WOULD you call people who voted for that little guy whose qualifications for the presidency included the fact that he was one of the most successful manufacturer's representatives of all time?


24 posted on 07/02/2005 11:59:01 AM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: quidnunc
Canada Day? Its one of those quirks of history where a country gets a day. No one would call it Independence Day for in 1867, British North America became a Dominion that remained a part of the British Empire. There was in fact no Canadian citizenship until 1949. Every one before then was born and died a British Subject in Her Majesty's Dominion. To underscore the point, July 1st 1867, became known until 1982 as Dominion Day. Canada was a country that didn't bring home its Constitution from the Mother Country til then. Its flag was the Red Canadian Ensign until 1964. It had two anthems and two languages. Can any one really speak of Canada Day in a positive sense? Get Canadians together and its doubtful you'll find a sense of positive attachment to a national identity. Canada is still by and large a work in progress.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
25 posted on 07/02/2005 12:00:13 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: righttackle44

What is it you're talking about?


26 posted on 07/02/2005 12:00:54 PM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

"What is it you're talking about?"

That little guy--I can't think of his name--
the conservative whose candidacy helped get
Clinton elected.

(I actually can remember his name, but I just want
to see how many others can remember it.)


27 posted on 07/02/2005 12:03:58 PM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: goldstategop
British North America became a Dominion that remained a part of the British Empire

Even today many in Canada revere the Queen. That's a big part of their problem IMO. They need to cut their nostalgic ties and develop their own identity.

Good historical info BTW.

28 posted on 07/02/2005 12:04:12 PM PDT by what's up
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To: righttackle44

What about him?


29 posted on 07/02/2005 12:05:20 PM PDT by what's up
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To: quidnunc

Well, the column was OK, if a little obvious, but I liked the Sunshine Girl better.


30 posted on 07/02/2005 12:14:09 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Snowyman

you won't find any anwers in Detroit, that's for sure. Or anywhere in the rust belt. But... I think our conservative movement, which you're obviously tapping into on this site, is unique. And stronger than we know. We scare the hell out of the commies. Why wouldn't we? We have Congress and the White House. If only we knew what to do with them.


31 posted on 07/02/2005 2:02:11 PM PDT by johnb838 (It's the socializm, stupid!)
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To: xkaydet65

LOL! Monty, is that you?


32 posted on 07/02/2005 5:04:11 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: quidnunc

Ahh...here's a pat on the hand for all Canadians. You guys are really good folks, all in all.


33 posted on 07/02/2005 8:28:06 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: quidnunc
We are found amusing rather than admirable,

Yeah, I find myself laughing at Canada a lot!

34 posted on 07/02/2005 11:13:23 PM PDT by America's Resolve (Liberal Democrats are liars, cheats and thieves with no morals, scruples, ethics or honor!)
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To: goldstategop

Toronto BUMP!


35 posted on 07/03/2005 4:49:34 AM PDT by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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To: ConservativeStLouisGuy
Jim Robinson's Master List Of Articles To Be Excerpted

Canada Day? Bah, Humbug! Why Celebrate? We're In Serious Trouble

 
  

Sat, July 2, 2005

 
Michael Coren
 

On Canada Day weekend I am supposed to behave like a good Canadian columnist. To say how wonderful this country is and how great and grand it is to be Canadian.

Sorry, not going to do it. I love Canadians, I love what this country has done for me, but I cannot serve it well if I play the game of adulation. Simply put, we're in big trouble.

The notion that this is the greatest country on Earth and that our cities are "world class" is, frankly, quite ludicrous. We have little history, few passable museums, mediocre galleries and minimal national pride. Our cities are mediocre at best and pale into insignificance compared to genuinely world-class centres like New York, Paris, London or Rome.

We do have natural beauty, but our summers are now clouded, in all senses, by smog warnings and endless housing developments are darkening the light of what was rural splendour.

We used to be a safe country. Not now. Gunplay is increasing at an extraordinary rate and, if we are to believe many street cops, at a much faster pace than we are told by various politicians and police chiefs. Some of our inner cities are becoming virtual no-go areas and the culture no longer has the courage to fight back.

Contrary to what you might be told, we are not particularly respected internationally. It is true that nobody hates us, but the reason for this is not affection but indifference. We are found amusing rather than admirable, a huge and empty country where lumberjacks and Mounties play in the snow.

We thump our chest and say we are revered abroad as keepers and makers of peace. Not at all. Our recent battle honours are Somalia and Rwanda. Hang your heads in shame.

Corporations and media ownership is concentrated in fewer hands than in the United States, access to democratic procedure is more limited than in the United States, freedom of speech is less guaranteed than in the United States.

But we think we're freer, better, more open and equal than, yes, the United States. Remember, hundreds of millions of people in the rest of the world assume we actually are part of our great enemy to the south. They don't know and don't care. Hey, why should they?

Our medical system is supposed to define us, but in fact cannot be sustained and is even now breaking apart. Ask Paul Martin. His own personal doctor operates a private clinic. Legions of the rich and famous in this country pay to use private health care services. The idea that Canada is egalitarian is far more amusing than any of our alleged comedy shows.

That's not difficult, of course. We make dreadful television and movies, whether they are funny or not. There are diluted versions of American and British programs and politically tendentious films that are instantly identifiable. They're characterized by bad acting and unfailingly lugubrious plots that often include a hackneyed and out-of-context gay relationship.

We boast a national sport, but do nothing as big business and selfish skaters deprive us of it for a year. We claim to be multicultural, but power is still as white as can be. No Oprah or Condoleezza Rice in the true north.

SELF-OBSESSION

We claim to lead and inspire the rest of the world. Really? Hardly the stuff of the ancient Greeks or Romans. More Degrassi than democracy.

Ours is a political culture incarcerated by the self-obsession of our francophone brethren, the ideal of progress smothered by commitments to assorted sexual subcultures and a lack of vision that makes Mr. Magoo appear perfect-sighted. (Whoops, I'm probably in trouble with the "sightless" community, who, if they don't yet receive some sort of federal funding for their cause, really should get in line before it's too late.)

Now I will receive a flood of e-mails calling me a traitor and telling me to go home. I will. Home is a nice house in nice Toronto in nice Canada.

Thing is, I want more than "nice." I want good, noble, moral, selfless and proud. Happy Canada Day weekend.


36 posted on 07/03/2005 4:50:25 AM PDT by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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