For Canadians: What would say it is that makes a Canadian a Canadian?
I have been researching this question for a number of years and have yet to come up with a satisfactory answer. So I thought I would ask my question here. What do you think makes a Canadian truly Canadian? Do we actually have a national culture? Something that is truly unique that units us from North to south and east to west. What do you say?
Nope. That's why we adapt so well to other cultures -- we're blank!
I'm an American and first I'll bow to your countries greatness for a great game and a great win in hockey!
The answer to your question is Dudley Doright and beer.
I have to 2nd sneak, my wife is Canadian ehh you hoser, and yes Hockey, if you are a true Canadian bacon head then you loves you some Hockey. I remember back in 2002, I was living in Toronto with my wife, and the Canadians beat the men and women U.S hockey teams for gold, it was like the city that won the superbowl, except it was the entire country, and they were coming out of their homes yelling, people were honking their horns, I couldnt believe it, my wifes father said oh they would do the same in the U.S if they won. I said no, we would be celebrating but people would not be coming out of their homes and yelling, or honking their horns.
I thought it was so funny that just because it was the Americans they beat it amplified their glorious victory, it was like the little brother who beat up his big brother, except the little brother was beating his big brother at the game little brother was always better at than his big brother, it was expected, yet they felt so good in being able to say yeah we beat those Americans! Everyone picked on me as I was the American living in Canda rooting for the U.S.. I said.. we can't beat you at everything, even big brothers let little brothers win sometimes..
you guys are amazing.... and don't know that? wow. since i am not canadian, i probably should not answer this question. but, i think your history alone makes you unique and strong. i think you are probably a melting pot that produced more calming and peaceful results than we in america. Your tolerance of other cultures probably greater.. and kinder. Being in a cold weather environment, one must get along with others to survive... maybe that is it. better get off of here before i cause futher trouble.. hee hee.
It is amazing how this question stumps people. We as Canadians have a hard time answering this. I appreciate your answer meow48. It was thoughtful and considered. We must be known for more than Hockey and cold weather. Are there no more Canadians out there with a thought on what makes us what we are besides "hockey"...
I lived in Canada as an American citizen during my middle school years, and I always got the impression that Candians spent a lot of time trying to differentiate themselves from Americans. I can't really put my finger on what makes Canadians truly Canadians, since they really aren't that much different from their southern neighbors. For me at least, Canadians seem less direct and more polite in their interactions with others.
Lately they seem to pride themselves on how they are so much more liberal, tolerant, and inclusive they are than Americans, but I have sensed that Canada's liberal policies have been much more divisive than they admit. And I've always felt that the US was much more diverse overall than Canada anyway.
One thing that is consistent from east to west is the accent.
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