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Sunday, November 28, 2004
Bush visit to Canada
CBC interviewed me on Thursday for a segment on CBC News Sunday, available today on both Newsworld (in the morning) and the mother channel (in the evening). Check the CBC website for times. It will be a 7-8 minute piece on Canada-U.S. relations and from me they wanted to know how different we really are on moral and cultural issues. My main point was that English Canada and the United States is not as different as the media story line has it, that Canadians have not recently had the opportunity to discuss moral and cultural issues (although the topic is brought up during elections, the issue is never truly explored) and that the primary difference is that Americans are not affraid to debate these issues while Canadians never discuss them. We'll see if that comes through in the sound bites the show's producers choose.
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Interview with the CBC?
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch."
Lewis Carroll: Jabberwocky
Posted by: gg | 2004-11-28 1:04:37 PM
These "differences" between Canada and the US are in fact corporate lies.
It's simple product differentiation. They are designed to make Canadian goods appear different from American goods, and reap profits.
The quality doesn't matter. Look at Indigo books. They knew that they couldn't compete against Amazon. So they sued.
Ontario people do this so they can send their kids to Upper Canada College and other elite, priviledged schools.
My advice: buy American and hurt Ontario.
Posted by: Scott | 2004-11-28 2:35:05 PM
"Ontario people do this so they can send their kids to Upper Canada College and other elite, priviledged (sic) schools."
Scott, have you ever considered pulling your head out of your ass and learning something about the country you live in? I mean the part that's west of Winnipeg which, contrary to your ignorant beliefs, is not full of wealthy people who spend their time dreaming of ways to screw the west.
Or perhaps you enjoy fuming in your own narrow minded, regional paranoia?
And by the way, it's spelled privileged.
My advice: shut the hell up.
Posted by: earl williams | 2004-11-28 5:31:51 PM
If you don't like my opinions about Ontario, too bad.
If you're white and native-born to Ontario, you are guaranteed a rich, easy life. Free education, free medical care, low taxes, high incomes. It's like you won the lottery.
The bigotry towards non-white foreign immigrants is extreme, reminiscient of South African apartheid. That explains why there is so much violence in Ontario: it's their only means of social advancement.
Non-Ontarians are also discriminated against. I've seen this with my own eyes. Albertans are especially hated for daring to be different.
Places like Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto are symbols of privilege, power and wealth - closed to non-whites and non-Ontarians.
Ontario people use their fictious homeless problem to distract people from criticizing. There is no actual poverty in Ontario: even marginalized non-white immigrants do not complain because they've never been better off when compared to their home countries.
Ontario society is the gordion knot of Canada - and the sooner Alberta cuts loose and seeks alternative arrangements (like US statehood), the better it will be able to serve its people.
Once free of Canada's corporate cruelty, Alberta will be able to implement broad social improvements, like a revised minium wage, without hundreds of thousands of Ontario people moving here.
Also: Toronto is east of Winnipeg. I recommend you head that way and never come back. Alberta is for the people who want to build it, not exploit it for profit. I also recommend bringing a bullet proof vest - you will need it.
Posted by: Scott | 2004-11-28 7:16:26 PM
Hey Scott, that bullet-proof-vest line is pretty tough talk from a guy who leaves a fake email address. Are you really implying that you, or your fellow Westerners, would shoot an Easterner for the crime of denying that all Ontarians are not rich and malicious? Is this supposed to convince us of your superiority?
And what is a guy who thinks violence by foreign immigrants (as opposed to domestic ones?) can be explained by white racism doing on a conservative blog? Sounds like you'd be more at home on Daily Kos.
As I've said before in here, you are a disgrace to conservatism. The only coherent theme in your whole corpus of commentary is your hatred of Ontario.
You ought to be banned for your thinly veiled death threat, but I suppose you'd just comment under a different fake email address.
Posted by: surly | 2004-11-28 9:10:54 PM
I'd never shoot an Ontario person for disagreeing with me. There aren't enough bullets in the world to that. Besides, knowing how dangerous Toronto is, I'd never be able to draw fast enough.
All visitors to Ontario should heed my advice:
1) Don't go. Simple as that, just don't go. Use email or videoconferencing if necessary.
2) Failing that, purchase the best combat attire available. The US Army's Interceptor body armor and kevlar helmet work well in Baghdad, so they ought to suffice for a quick trip to Toronto.
3) Carry three guns: an assault rifle and 2 pistols, and as much ammo as you can carry.
4) If an Ontarian so much as looks at you funny, drop them with 2 bullets to the body and 1 to the head. One more in the head just to make sure.
5) If all else fails, and they're coming for you, then save the last bullet for yourself. DO NOT be taken alive under any circumstances.
Alberta should put well-armed and protected positions along the border to protect us from the Ontario people. Other Westerners are welcome, but Ontario people must be prevented from coming here. They contribute nothing to our society and we don't need the idle privileged wealthy who don't know how to operate a snow shovel out here.
Posted by: Scott | 2004-11-28 9:38:47 PM
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