March 17, 2009

Canadian Nationalism

It is a common criticism of Canadian Nationalism that Canadians pride themselves on what they aren't... i.e. American. During a lecture in Human Geography about culture and what makes Canadians distinct I was reminded of the well-known Molson "I am Canadian" ad-campaign (ended after Molson merged with the American Coors Brewery) and the famous 'rant' played in the 1990's.

I'm not a lumber jack
Or a fur trader
And I don't live in an igloo
Or eat blubber
Or own a dog sled
And I don't know
Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada
Although I'm sure they're really really nice
I have a Prime Minister not a President
I speak English and French not American
And I pronounce it about not "a-boot"
I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack I believe in peacekeeping not policing
Diversity not assimilation
And that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal
A toque is a hat a chesterfield is a couch
And it is pronounced "zed" not "zee" "zed"!
Canada is the 2nd largest landmass!
The 1st nation in hockey!
And the best part of North America!
My name is Joe and I am Canadian!

oh...and let's not forget French-Canadians. Maybe not the best parody...but here it is:

1 comment:

  1. Being an American at a Canadian university really opens your eyes to different forms of nationalism. Canadians have their own unique blend of nationalism, but Americans are worse by far.

    -Magda (American studying at the Univeristy of Western Ontario)