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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

3/08/2004

Projecting

I'm sure most Canadians will be rooting for John F. Kerry during the tough fight he will have with George W. Bush. The latter is especially hated for his foolish war in Iraq, but even in a time of peace, Canadians feel more at ease with the Democrats for the obvious reason that in Canada, the political spectrum is much further to the left.
globe and mail via Debbye
Debbye writes a wonderful critique of the Canadian media from an American perspective which you should go and read. In the middle of it is the above quoted remark from Lysiane Gagnon.

Yo, Lysiane, not only will I not be rooting for John Kerry, from what I have seen so far, very few Americans will either. Which is not to say he may not be elected. President Bush has been dropping the ball domestically on any number of fronts. Which counts. But that does not mean that the poor Americans are hailing Botox man as a positive choice.

As for the assertion that Bush is "especially hated for his foolish war in Iraq" - are you nuts? For many of us the single redeeming quality of George Bush is that he has pursued an aggressive strategy against terror and the states which have sponsored it. There is nothing foolish about the war in Iraq.

What was foolish was our past Prime Minister's desperate desire to be Chirac's bitch and cripple Canada/US relations for several years. What was foolish was listening to people like you Lysiane cravenly ignore the real agony of the Iraqis under Saddam as you looked for ways of humbling America. Well, it didn't work. Canadians were as delighted as Americans - and, if you ever bother to read anything other than LeMonde, the rest of the world - to see the murderous Uncle Cuddles hauled from his spiderhole. Canadians are eagerly looking forward to the news that Osama bin Laden has been taken, dead or alive.

Lysiane, the sort of superficial analysis of Canadian attitudes towards America which you are trotting out glosses over a single, salient fact: English Canadians have far more in common with our American friends than they do with French Canadians. Culturally, politically and linguistically we are as close to America as you like to pretend Quebec is to France. We don't want to be Americans, but we can admire and understand them in a way that virtually no other nation on Earth is able to. They have stood by us and, given half a chance, we will be proud to stand by them.