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1. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

You see it on TV you read about it etc but what do Candians and Americans really think of each other??? I know the general public would be very friendly to each other but behind all that their is a small rivalry between the two countries and i would be interested in what people who are actualy from there think.

If yur were in America and said you were from Canada what would hey say in an extreme situation?

2. Posted by Peter P. (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

Just for fun, check out this thread on another forum that addresses this very topic.

It sometimes gets sidetracked (turning right on red in Montreal?), but some parts of it are amusing.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

I secretly spit in every American's food.

4. Posted by bvheide (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

I'm from the US, so my opinions are based in that nationality.

My sense is that if there's a rivalry, it's mostly in good fun. I live in Michigan, so there's lots of Canadians running around, and usually any ribbing Canadians get from Americans in these parts is good natured (and it goes both ways.) We make fun of them as generally less civilized and backwoods (not that that's a true stereotype, but it is funny) and they make fun of us because we're gun loving conservatives (also not true, necessarily, but funny.)

In some parts of the country, however, there's probably less cordiallity to US/Canadian jabs. For example, when I lived in Montana, many of the potato farmers were pretty frustrated with the Canadian government / NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) because there were fewer restrictions on herbicide/pesticide/fungicide usage in Canada. Canadian farmers could outproduce the US because it wasn't a fair playing field. There, the ribbing wasn't quite so good natured.

Conversely, there are a lot of Canadians who aren't exactly wild about US foreign policy at the moment (not that I personally blame them). For some of those people, there may be no love lost between citizens of the US and Canada.

So, I suppose the answer to this question is that "it depends". However, for the most part I'd say that the relationship is quite cordial.

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

I secretly spit in every American's food.

(mental note to self...do NOT have dinner with Greg ;) )

By the way, I am a Canadianwannabe, I have never met a Canadian that I didn't like, damn fine people! :)

6. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 10y

I think there is some good nature teasing. Nothing more than than. The majority of Canadians I have encounted were very nice. Maybe, a little "big brother little brother" syndrome, but thats with any neighbor.

M.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting GregW

I secretly spit in every American's food.

Maybe it was a good thing you didn't make it to Montreal... But then, Beerman has a habit of spitting in Canuckistani beers.

8. Posted by penna (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

i`m with cupcake, i`m a big canda fan

9. Posted by Canadiana (Inactive 10 posts) 10y

Quoting bvheide

I'm from the US, so my opinions are based in that nationality.

My sense is that if there's a rivalry, it's mostly in good fun. I live in Michigan, so there's lots of Canadians running around, and usually any ribbing Canadians get from Americans in these parts is good natured (and it goes both ways.) We make fun of them as generally less civilized and backwoods (not that that's a true stereotype, but it is funny) and they make fun of us because we're gun loving conservatives (also not true, necessarily, but funny.)

In some parts of the country, however, there's probably less cordiallity to US/Canadian jabs. For example, when I lived in Montana, many of the potato farmers were pretty frustrated with the Canadian government / NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) because there were fewer restrictions on herbicide/pesticide/fungicide usage in Canada. Canadian farmers could outproduce the US because it wasn't a fair playing field. There, the ribbing wasn't quite so good natured.

Conversely, there are a lot of Canadians who aren't exactly wild about US foreign policy at the moment (not that I personally blame them). For some of those people, there may be no love lost between citizens of the US and Canada.

So, I suppose the answer to this question is that "it depends". However, for the most part I'd say that the relationship is quite cordial.

I find myself standing up for Americans alot more than I thought I would be here in Europe...more so than I would back home. I live 30 minutes from the Ontario/Minnesota border, so I have alot of friends "south of the border", but there is still alot of Anti Americanism where I live. As for the whole NAFTA story, read a bit about the Softwood lumber dispute and other similar examples, and you'll see that it's not always a fair playing field that the States play on either when it comes to trade and commerce. But then that is up for debate. Americans and Canadians may mock behind each other's backs, and Canadians are often quick to identify themselves as just that, Canadian, not American, but we still share a really tight culture, and bond pretty easily.

10. Posted by RiverRuner (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y

well for one thing, Canadians have an uncanny obsession with Hockey. Like this last January for example, I was in Canada during the playoffs between the US and Canada, and every pub was full and every Canadian glued to the TV. A local chastised me for not watching and explained the obsession this way "Well, we certainly cant beat you in a war, and basketball is a lost cause...so we take pride in Hockey!"

One other thing is this: they dont believe in a free-market economy. Well, they do, but they also believe in socialism and since they cant co-exist Socialism won. (Caugh *Damn Commies*- a perfect example of good natured, behind the back teasing) And finally, Pot is legal in canada, which is one thing i can appreciate...