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"Contentment comes when you know you've done something good for someone else, and you're not expecting anything in return."
--Bill Grosz

I respect Canadians. But I think we've got bigger issues to deal with right now, so get over yourselves.
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From: kendryk Date: September 21st, 2001 11:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I disagree with the contentment statement
if I, and three other people helped a friend move, and the friend went out of his way to thank everyone but me, it would bug me.
Especially if my friend went on television, in fron of millions of people to do it.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: September 21st, 2001 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
We're at war. 6,400 people are missing. We're still vulnerable to attacks. Should Canadian relations be at the top of the agenda?
From: ex_mrflagg Date: September 21st, 2001 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
i kinda assumed that was a troll

no one ive spoken too in the GTA has seemed to care all that much about our lack of mention

when your butts need rescued from an embassy again, we wont hold it over your heads

i hope
From: kendryk Date: September 21st, 2001 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)


no. but it is fucked up that Canada wasnt mentioned. If the roles were reversed, america would through a hissy fit..
jarrett From: jarrett Date: September 21st, 2001 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Roles reversed?

To tell you the truth, I can't remember the last time Jean Chretien thanked us for anything. Should I throw a fit?
From: kendryk Date: September 21st, 2001 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)


I dont recall Canada ever having a crisis like ours, or seeing their Prime Minister going on live TV to thank everyone but us.
anyhow, yes, if Canada did the same thing, Americans would whine. Americans are babies.
Im not saying you in particular would complain, but alot of Americans would.
paris_of_priam From: paris_of_priam Date: September 22nd, 2001 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Actually that's not true. I remember when we had the ice storm in Quebec and Ontario in 1996, and the Americans sent the Corps of Engineers up to Quebec with electric generators to supply electricity to the places that couldn't get any because of the broken power lines. It was a huge dissaster, that was beyond our capabilities to deal with alone. A lot of people might have frozen to death if not for that.

The Americans did that for us, and it was expensive! I seem to remember afterwards that the Canadians didn't even really say thank you. We just kind of went "okay, whatever...you guys can go home now." And I'll tell you something. IT BOTHERD THE SHIT OUT OF ME! To take the friendship and help of our best friend totally for granted like that bothered me A LOT. As this should bother Americans. Well maybe not NOW, but sometime when things settle down.

(Mr. Flag upstairs mentioned the Iranian hostage thing in 1979. The important thing to remember is that some of those diplomats ran to the Canadian embassy for refuge and they helped smuggle them out of Iran. Some of the U.S. diplomats ran to the British embassy, and the British told them to fuck off, and punted them to the Canadian embassy. Yeah, SURE Britain is America's truest friend. Even after the Americans helped defend them in two wars, they are still only a luke warm fair weather friend. And the French? They hate Americans more than the Taliban, in spite of the U.S. literally rebuilding their country after the war.

Well, maybe if we insulted Americans more, like the British and the French make a habit of doing, we would get noticed more? Sad but true.)

Gawd, if I didn't feel petty and small minded this morning, I sure do now.

Sorry Jarrett. :)
From: ex_mrflagg Date: September 21st, 2001 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
he may very well have thanked you for something

no one could tell ... we cant understand a word he is saying ... and neither can the french!
paris_of_priam From: paris_of_priam Date: September 22nd, 2001 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
As you know, the French refuse to understand anything that isn't spoken in French. That's nothing new. ;P
jcaswell From: jcaswell Date: September 21st, 2001 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a Brit, and I HATE ALL AMERICANS. Apparently.

Disclaimer. No I don't, I'm lying.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 21st, 2001 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am British. We do not hate Americans or Canadians. Most families here have relatives in the US & Canada mainly as a result of the second world war. I dont mean that as a slight or anything bad. Our Country is standing beside your countries and everyone else against terrorism and we are glad to do it. When the fighting starts who cares what nationality the casulties are, we will all be fighting the same cause. I am so proud to be British just as you are to be American and Canadian.

This tragedy has affected the world because of the scale of the disaster and the way it was done. The only people not to be moved by this are the sick and depraved.

I dont think this is a time for petty statements as this person has made. Who cares who the President mentions in his speach, if the only reson why you gave aid is to be thanked personnaly then it should not have been given at all, but I think the Canadians know how appreciated their aid was to everyone concerned.

God Bless Us All
jcaswell From: jcaswell Date: September 21st, 2001 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well said.
jadedheart From: jadedheart Date: September 21st, 2001 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

my sister does a good impersonation of him...

jean cretien that is...gawd its hilarious...he is very french.....that much is sure with the accent...

what are you all fighting about...who cares..??

I am a landed immigrant...I was born in scotland and my parents came to canada when I was two...so to me I am canadian...because when you live in a country for most of your life you pretty much are of that country....now the technicalities aside...being canadian...I could care less if america leaves us out of a thank you or not...I am not caring much about bush actually because he is no friend of mine....now if say...nicolas cage...wanted my help....do you see where this is going???

relax...chill...don't worry it ...it could of been an oversite....who cares...most of us don't... :))

have a good day
paris_of_priam From: paris_of_priam Date: September 22nd, 2001 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

I didn't even notice that Bush failed to mention us last night until Canadians started making a fuss about it. (I didn't expect him to mention us. Why should he? On the other hand, he went as far as to thank Australia for goodness sake.) Initially the Canadian fuss pissed me off, and I percieved it as being really whiney, which it is. Now the American reaction to the Canadian fuss is starting to miff me too. It's like "yeah he forgot to mention you guys, but so what. He's got important things on his mind, and relations with you is not one of them. We can always count on that anyway. The British we CAN'T count on all the time, so we have to make a fuss about their cooperation."

I agree, those people are whiney, and this is a stupid thing for us to whine about anyway. Whining is not the sign of a mature nation. On the other hand, I don't think "get over yourselves" is helpful though, because it only reinforces our inferiority complex about Americans taking us for granted. You are a good guy though, and I don't think you meant it in quite that way, and I'm not criticizing you for it. It's just my two cents observation. :)
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