Woohoo! Happy 140 years Canada! For some of our Non-Canadian friends, here’s some media (and non-media) -related fun for you. As you can tell – we Canadians try not to take ourselves too seriously at times:
1. Canadians pride themselves on their distinct national identity, as seen here in this Molson Canadian Beer commercial from 2000 known as “the Rant” (if there is one thing that Canadians take pride in – it’s their beer!). [we aren’t all rednecks and we all don’t wear flannel shirts, but you get the point!]. Oh, and Molson Canadian is now owned by Coors, and I would debate the whole “we are number one in hockey thing.” [darn it….]. “Why did I make this point #1?” you might ask. I have no idea. Just thought it would make a funny introduction to my topic.
2. When travelling abroad, I frequently get asked about our Queen. Yes, we are ultimately ruled by a monarch – but she sits in the UK, strutting about from palace to palace, doing her “figure-headie” type thing. We have a hard-working Prime Minister that does most of the work. He is young, rather attractive and controversial at times. Meet the Right Honorable Mr. Stephen Harper [grrrrrrrrr……]. He’s a conservative by the way – the other politial parties in our great nation include the Liberal and NDP parties (the Green Party should get more votes IMHO).
3. If you haven’t met this guy yet – you should. He is Mr. Rick Mercer (another absolutely handsome Canadian male with a television show). When he’s not jumping butt-naked into a freezing Canadian lake, he’s cracking Canadians up with his “Merc”-ilessly funny and dry sense of political humour (and if there’s one thing Canadians love – it’s political satire – Weeeehheeeee….must be a throwback to our British Colonial days). He has a blog too – you should check it out here. His photo-challenge is hilarious too! [grin – Stephane Dion in a Jolly Jumper – tee hee hee].
4. As far as Canadian iconic symbols go – our money is quite attractive (perhaps second to the interesting Aussie money!) and we do, of course have mounties (but they only wear their ceremonial red uniforms for important services typically). The CN Tower and Parliament buildings are famous architectural attractions. Niagara Falls can get your heart pumping too (a hotspot for honeymooners….sigh). We employ beavers in advertising – meet Frank and Gord – two busy little guys trying to push telecommunications services and products (apparently they were “fired” recently….sorry to hear that guys….I guess it’s back to the “dam” for you….). I mention them because they are adorable.
5. Since the country is so vast – we have a diverse array of political, cultural and geographic features [that’s quite a pretty map…..nice colours]. Moving from east to west, you can experience the unique hospitality and dialect of Newfoundlanders, indulge you senses in cultural Montreal (not everyone speaks french in Quebec), and skip across the prairies to join us in the west for the Calgary Stampede (the greatest outdoor show on earth you know….). I could go link crazy and show you images of cool ecosystems like deserts, bogs, taiga, tundra, prairie and mountains – but I’ll save that for another time.
Well…I hope you enjoyed the mini-virtual tour. My little Birthday gift to my country. Big hugs from me Canada – you are amazing…[and hardly any “wrinkles” at 140….I wonder what your secret is!].
Happy 4th of July to my American friends too….Enjoy the fireworks.