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I found an interesting article in National Post today.

Robert Fulford: Canada's anti-American reflex
Posted: July 18, 2009, 11:02 AM by NP Editor

One day, Brian made a mistake at work, not a big mistake but a mistake. An onlooking colleague turned to another colleague and remarked that Brian was a “typical dumb-ass American.” Another colleague asked him, “Is that the way you do it where you come from?”

This was one of many incidents that made Brian wonder what he had let himself in for by marrying a Canadian and immigrating to Canada. The most personally hurtful incident was his daughter’s report that her high-school history teacher had denounced Americans. “She found it crushing,” Brian says. “She felt out of place.” He wanted to talk to the principal about it but she begged him not to, arguing that he would only make things worse.

It was pretty clear from the beginning that this country wasn’t eager to welcome him. “My first night in Canada, I was asked to back my vehicle into the driveway so the neighbours did not see the American license plate. I’m serious!”

He came here in 2006 and has lived in three small Ontario cities, all west of Toronto. He found them uniformly anti-American. He now takes it for granted that about half the people he meets will, if the opportunity arises, say something that indicates they don’t like Americans.

He wrote to me after coming across a long-ago column of mine about anti-Americanism. “For three years,” Brian wrote, “I have had countless and relentless encounters and bad jokes about my nationality, and notice it is especially significant in Jr. High and High school teachers, as my kids were shocked to discover.” Michael Moore’s poisonous documentaries about America appear to be favourites of some Ontario schoolteachers. In one town, a history teacher showed Brian’s daughter’s class Bowling for Columbine, commenting that it showed true insight into America. At another, in a media teacher’s class, she found herself viewing both Bowling for Columbine and Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. The teacher elicited from students views such as “Every American loves violence” and “Americans are always starting wars to invade countries.”

All this came as a shock to Brian. He had lived for 40 years in the American Midwest and can’t remember ever hearing a discouraging word about Canada.

It didn’t shock me. Nothing Brian told me seemed strange. It was more or less what I’ve been hearing all my life from fellow Canadians.

It’s a major concern of a sociologist specializing in ideology, Paul Hollander, a Hungarian-American, formerly at the University of Massachusetts, now at Harvard. He’s produced three books on anti-Americanism, the latest called The Only Super Power: Reflections on Strength, Weakness, and Anti-Americanism (Lexington Books). He classifies anti-Americanism with racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia.

He says it appears all over the world among those who believe traditional ways of life are being disturbed by secular, individualistic views. He thinks it’s a mistake to blame anti-Americanism mainly on American policies, since millions of people from everywhere on earth seek admission “to this much vilified country.” But being desirable can itself provoke anger. (A few years ago, Hollander titled one of his articles The Politics of Envy.) In the 1990s, an acquaintance told me in sorrow that his son was moving to the U.S. for a fabulously well-paid job. He seemed to think it sinful that the Americans were so successful that they were able to offer such jobs. As Hollander says, anti-Americanism is not a rational phenomenon.

Considered internationally, Canadian anti-Americanism has special qualities. It gathers strength from our proximity to the United States, as well as the similarities of the two countries. We think, mistakenly, that we know all about the Americans — more than we want to know, perhaps. The openness of Canada has become a source of national pride.

Multiculturalism has been installed as a kind of Canadian religion. But the covenant that now throws an umbrella of protection over most cultures doesn’t stretch far enough to embrace Americans. People who would kill themselves before saying a word against an Egyptian or a Chinese will reflexively (often eagerly) laugh at Americans.

Perhaps we imagine they are already too successful. Perhaps they don’t qualify as authentic immigrants, since they are already half-Canadian in the same way we are half-American. Perhaps they should organize, demand official recognition from Ottawa. Perhaps ordinary tolerance and decency requires a government mandate.
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I am aware of heated discussions about Canada vs. America appearing on this forum, and I don't approve them. Here, I would like Canadians to weigh in on this article.

I am half-Russian and half-Ukrainian who has lived in the USA for the past 9 years and already became an American citizen. I have always been interested in Canada, and for the last 2 years, I traveled 5 times to British Columbia. I should probably say that I have not been fond of Bush's presidency and I cannot stand the type of conservatism present in the USA these days. So when I first went to Canada, I liked it very much and all my expectations about this country came out to be true. The more I went to Canada, the more I liked it there. To me, Canada has a more relaxed social and political atmosphere. Canadians are not so divided along the social and political issues as are Americans. Canadians are more relaxed and don't kill themselves with work. Canadians are more likely to understand my accent ;) It seems to me that Canadians are proud to be Canadians for a different reason than Americans who are proud to be Americans. I think Canadians are proud partly because they are not like Americans and there is a great realisation of this fact. I like pretty much everything about Canada: its multiculturalism, its relaxed way of life, the metric system, the progressive social policies and its political boredom; however, the lack of jobs in my field is a huge drawback for me. Of course, all the above points are just my subjective opinions, but that is how I personally see Canada.

I need coffee.
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^^ You'll learn a lot about the reasons Canadians think the way they do by looking at the history of the two countries, and how they became two separate countries... The anti-Americanism thing can be found outside of Canada too btw. I really think it comes down to a sort of big bully sindrome.
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