July 2, 2009 by Daniel Francavilla
Canada Day Stats on Hockey, Travel, Language and Opinions on America
I’m Canadian. I was born in Canada. The great thing about Canada though, is that we easily say what culture our family is from. I can say I’m an “Italian Canadian” and not just “Canadian”, even though I’ve only ever been to Italy once in 2004. Unlike American culture, where most say they are “American” first, Canada is great for being so multicultural and having citizens truly maintaining their cultures.
There are of course many reasons why it’s great to be Canadian, like the freedom of expression and democracy, which many countries today are not fortunate to have. Most Canadians remember the Molson Canadian beer commercials, “I Am Canadian”, which you can watch here or below:
It’s interesting to see how Canadians behave and think in relation to others around the world. How different are we from Americans? What really is the most popular sport? How bilingual are we anyways? Did you know that BlackBerry is Canadian? To cover some of these points, Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail did a survey recently and published it on Canada Day, which I’ve included here. Illustrations follow. Enjoy!
Below text is from the Wednesday, Jul. 01, 2009 Globe and Mail , Written by Roy MacGregor
- 85% per cent of Canadians see themselves as fundamentally different from Americans and only 13 per cent see a future scenario where Canada becomes part of the United States. “That’s about the level of support for a flat Earth or believing Elvis is alive,” says Peter Donolo of The Strategic Counsel. “People now take our independence for granted and see no risk.”
- Despite the claim by many in recent years that soccer is fast outstripping hockey in the hearts of Canadians, it just ain’t so. Hockey is not only the most popular sport but also chosen as the country’s mostrepresentative symbol, significantly ahead of both multiculturalism and medicare. Don Cherry will be saddened to learn, however, that most Canadians do not equate fighting with fun in their national game.
- As for the other official national game, lacrosse, black armbands all around, please. Lacrosse matched cricket in popularity, with less than 1 per cent of Canadians selecting it as the game of choice. And as Donolo says, lacrosse and cricket appear to be “meeting going opposite directions.”
- Basketball isn’t what the Toronto media seems to think it is. In national interest, it barely matches curling. And in the West, football comes in second to hockey, while in Quebec, second place behind beloved hockey goes to golf.
- Canadians like to travel – 82 per cent having gone to the U. S. at some point and 40 per cent to Europe – and they like to tell the world who they are, with 54 per cent attaching the Canadian flag to their luggage. Quebeckers, who are less travelled, are far less inclined to stamp the red maple leaf on their Samsonites.
- Bilingualism remains a great Canadian conundrum, with less than a quarter of the country seeing much proficiency out there but approximately half the country believing it important to speak both official languages.
- Another contradiction concerns attitudes toward immigrants. ” We pat ourselves on the back as to how tolerant we are,” says Donolo, ” and yet in the next breath we say there are too many immigrants coming into the country.”
- Dinner companions tell their own tale about tolerance, with per cent saying they had dined with a person with a different skin colour, 58 per cent sharing their table with an openly gay person and 32 per cent with a gay couple. On the opposite scale, only 6 per cent of Canadians have sat down to eat with an elected politician.
- It is oddly comforting to know that the fast disappearing Prairie elevator remains a far more beloved symbol of the country than the endlessly appearing BlackBerry.
- In the Great Canadian Beauty Contest, the Rockies took first place, with 29 per cent choosing them, followed by Canadian forests and lakes, with Niagara Falls the highest ranking single attraction.
- Toronto, with a mere 1 per cent, might have taken the ” Miss Congeniality” title – but the survey, unfortunately, was taken a few weeks before the garbage strike began.
- When it comes to choosing the country’s most distinctive buildings or objects, Parliament Hill came a surprising third after Niagara Falls and Toronto’s CN Tower.
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