Monday, January 23, 2006

Happy Elections, Canada!

My paternal grandparents were a british subjects from Manitoba. They immigrated to this country separetly. However, as I'm sure with all immigrants, there was a tug back toward Canada. Actually, it wasn't that much of a tug. My grandparents house was about 25 minutes from the Ambassador Bridge.

Anyway, Canada was once a big broad shouldered country that had the 4th largest navy during WW2. They were necessary components of the D-day invasion. Canadian men of my childhood always seemed more than manly. I had a great uncle who fought in the Battle of Britain as a pilot. They seemed bigger men with slightly off- sophisticated accents. Not the hooser one of the McKenzie Brothers, but a softened British one. These men hunted and fished and braved the elements because they wanted to.

Anyway, Canada is having it's election today. The Conservatives may pull out a majority government. I don't know if that's bad or not. I don't know enough about Canadian politics. Why don't I know? Mostly because it just doesn't matter. What are they gonna do? I'm reminded of a old episode of Dr. Katz where a Canadian asked a comic what Americas really think about Canadians. "We don't," said the comic. "So until we run out of natural resources, you guys are safe."

But it seems to suggest that Canadians aren't just a bunch of simpering whiners addicted to socialist policies, U.S. trade, self-puffery, and griping about the U.S. that many of us think they have become.

Did you know there was once a Canadian comic Book hero. No? Check out Captain Canuck.

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