Some years ago a Canadian sportscaster (hockey, natch) put out a video in which he intended as a paean to Canadianess. He talked, vehemently, about all the things that were Canadian, and not American. The one I remember is the use of the term “zed” to describe the letter z. He was very emphatic about that. It meant a lot to him. The video went viral, which is how I heard about it.
To me, everything in it was trivial. The guy was trying way too hard, to make a big deal out of a distinction that is pretty small. But a lot of Canadians loved it, so he hit a nerve. I think there are a lot of western Canadians, especially, who are sick of what the national government has become, and want out. But I don’t think very many of them want statehood, which would mean becoming Americans.
My previous post was in today’s American Thinker, and I was encouraged by the thoughtful comments, many of them from Canadians. But I was chastised for saying I never met a Canadian who wanted to be an American. There are some, I guess. I just don’t think very many.
I grew up in Richmond, California, and went back to Wilton, Minnesota in the summer. When I was nine or ten I was taking in money at a booth at the County Fair in Bemidji. This man handed me a Canadian dollar bill, and I refused to accept it. He got very upset with me, and told me a Canadian dollar was worth more than an American. Which, at the time, was true. I figured he was Canadian, and didn’t like having some kid disrespect his money.
I thought at the time that he was a little overly touchy, and figured it was because he was a Canadian. Maybe times have changed. But I doubt it. A Commonwealth, yes. Statehood, no.