One Way I Don’t Hate Canada

For a while I thought that Canadians had nothing in common except the fact nobody there, with the exception of a boatload of hippies, was American. I whimiscally decided that, in order to be taken seriously, a country needs someone outside the country to hate it (besides the Quebecois)–and everybody was ignoring them. So I’ve been politely loathing Canada and things Canadian as my bit to help out Canadian sovereignty. Since every Canadian I met seemed to despise my country for being so violent, blah blah blah, I thought it a cry for attention and was willing to throw you lot a bone.

However, Grant McCracken undermines my efforts when he writes:

Plainly and simply, our neighbour needed us to close ranks, show solidarity, and present a single face to the dithering world community.

Er, no. If you’re really feeling indebted for those years of protection (which would assume we were doing this purely out of the kindness of our heart instead of needing a conveniently safe place to put the DEW Line), nothing says “thank you” like cash–maybe all that money you save on prescription drugs and not having any police since everyone up there is pure as the wind-driven snow, which I gather you have much experience with.

Seriously, just because we were determined to start a war on the thinnest of evidence doesn’t mean you’re less a friend (or a bratty younger brother) if you don’t follow us in. That’s like saying if Americans all started drinking heavily and going for a dip in the ocean, it would be Canada’s job to do the same to show solidarity to the world.

If you think it was right to go to war anyway because Saddam was a bad guy and for some reason was more important than all the other bad guys out there, fine. Criticize your government on that basis. But quite frankly it’s stupid to do it just because your ally has a yen. If that were so, how much shame would you put on the US (or, for that matter, yourselves) over the Suez crisis? I don’t hear anybody rushing to say Canada needed to put in troops in a land grab because you got a system of common laws from the UK and share a monarch.

If Canada were to say “Hey, we won’t go into Afghanistan because, well, thanks for the low, low prices on all the F-18s, but hey, we don’t want to become a target for the next 9/11, eh,” that would be ingratitude. That was the place to stand up and show solidarity. But to make a judgment that evidence of a threat from Saddam is insufficient, particularly when history has proven that judgment right and the American (and, honestly, mine at the time) judgment wrong, is not something to criticize.

Now, if you make the argument that the decision was taken on this visceral anti-Americanism you describe, the reasoning might be worthy of criticism. But so far, this is one of the few things I think Canada can feel just a bit smug aboot.

And remember, I hate Canada. Politely.

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178 Responses to One Way I Don’t Hate Canada

  1. Dave-O-Rama says:

    If a country should feel shame at not sending troops to help out an ally, how come we didn’t send a carrier down to cover the Royal Navy during that little spat about the Faulklands? One carrier could have prevented serious loss of life from those exocet attacks.

    Off topic – EXOCETS. Who are the dangerous mavericks of the world? How many NATO members have had ships damaged or sunk by Harpoons?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Actually, I’d kinda like to see an article outlining why, exactly, we didn’t back the Brits up with a Nimitz during that little fracas. Were we trying not to insult the Brits, or did we not have one to spare at the time from harassing the Red Navy? I was a bit young then to be aware of that kind of subtlety.

  3. Dave-O-Rama says:

    That was me, above, BTW.

    McCracken’s main point about not reviling Americans is reasonably well made, though. I don’t agree with the tenets of French foreign policy, but I don’t attribute that to stupidity, so much as a different frame of view. We’ve each got our group-think, and that’s a far cry from stupidity.

    It is always fair to call us ignorant, however. Just remember that that’s a two way street, my syrup eating friends.

  4. Bradley says:

    Why exactly does America hate Candada so much?

  5. Sandy Smith says:

    Your question assumes that, in fact, much of the US of A pays any attention at all to Canada. I’d say most people don’t, or when they do, they assume it’s something vaguely like the US except a red flag and more women on the money.

    My hate came purely about as an attempt to support your sovereignty by giving Canada what real countries have–people who hate them for no good reason.

    Oh, plus every Canadian I’d met was so wonderfully defensive about their nationality, as if I’d look at someone with the same clothes, general level of bathing, language, and–let’s face it–accent, and I’d magically intuit that they weren’t just another Amurkin (or carefully phrase all my speech so as not to assume the nationality of my interloculator on the 1/1000th chance that they were a Canuck, or, as they like to say when trying to claim US-like status, a “(north) AMERICAN”). So the reaction, of course, just begs for me to tweak them on purpose.

    I’m not sure why the South Park guys took them on, but I’m betting it was because Canada-bashing is sufficiently surrealist–I mean, who hates Canada? So hence the funny.

    Plus, of course, their heads really do flap like that.

  6. Bradley says:

    Ok so why do people take the p**s out of canadians. I read somewhere…
    “It is true Avril LaVigne does infact by milk out of a packet like other Canadian scum…”
    Packet as opposed to carton I assume. And other stuff which I can’t remember.

    And what is wrong with their accents. The only thing I notice is when they say “aboot” instead of “about”, and a lot of people talk like that in cornwall.

    I know that south park take the mick out of Candada, (quote: “Blame Candad!”), I don’t know why though. And Homer Simpson was talking about them and said “Candada, who has never had a girlfriend…I’m just saying”.

    I havent read all of the posts here, but I don’t know much about the country but I did read somewhere they have anti-Americanism views. How far does this go? Do Canadian civillians have guns like many Americans etc, or is that just a misconception?

    Thanks.

  7. Maikafuiniel says:

    I’ve gotta say, I have a blast reading these things because quite frankly, I’m usually the only Canadian here. So let me set some records straight:

    +We don’t hate Americans, we hate your government.

    +We didn’t go to war because all of the treatise and everything we had legally signed to said /not/ to. American government wanted us to rip them up without having any solid proof of why we should go. Ex. Never finding any weapons of mass destruction

    +I watched the South Park movie, and I laughed my ass off. Really, I loved it. ost Canadians do.

    +We’re defensive about out culture because so many people have simply assumed over time that we /are/ like the Americans. We’re not. In fact, we’re incredably different. One of the major ways is in how we react to people making fun of us. The Americans get pissed (not that I blame them), Canadians meanwhile know they opinion of yourself is more important then opinion of yourself from anothers perspective. We stay out of other peoples business, and send aid when they need it. That’s it, end of story.

    +Look at the records and you will see that only one in every 10’000 Canadians owns a gun. (Not including Law Enforcment). Canadians have more of a knife style then that of a gun. God knows why, even I own a knife. ( It’s very pretty! 😀 )

    +Side note: I don’t care how far North you go, you will never, ever meet a Canadian who lives in an igloo. Most people have /made/ them as kids, like Americans build snow-men, but we don’t live in them. You would be surprised how often I get asked that.

  8. A Canadian says:

    As a canadian I agree 100% with waht maikafuiniel just said. Oh and its ok if you guys hate quebec and manitoba (we dont like them either cause they always try leaving) Quebec being the canadian texas.

  9. A canadian says:

    Oh and one more note, one of the writers for the simpsons is candian so no offence is taken from any jokes there.

  10. Maikafuiniel says:

    I’ve actually never heard of Manitoba trying to leave. I know there’s the Albertan Seperationist Party, and the Western Seperationist party, but nothing in particular for Manioba. ‘ll have to look into it.

    🙂 I love it when the Simpsons makes fun of Canada. Maybe I shouldn’t, but it’s funny. Plain and simple.

  11. Bradley says:

    Hi, you see I laughed at the simpsons gags and such, but I’ve never really understood it. Nor why so many American Tv Shows, and websites put across the message “We hate Candada”. I’ve always thought it was some deep rooted argument and both sides take the p**s out of eachother when they can.
    As for living in igloos – I’ve never heard that before.
    And you said you don’t hate them you just hate their government. What is it about their government? and also I thought most Americans don’t like the government now because of the war so arn’t you fighting for the same thing? New leadership for America.

    Apparently our Queen has some sort of ownership over Canada and you have her face on your coins, whats that about – what do the brits have in connection with Canada?

    Also why does Michael Moore hate small buisnesses?

  12. Maikafuiniel says:

    Well, it’s kind of a deep seed thing. Some (I’m not saying you, or your friends, it’s a general term) like to think of Canada as America’s little brother. They think we’re just weak, we think they’re just mean. Again, general terms.

    And yeah, I’ve heard things about igloos loads of times. People wondering if I really say “Zead”, “Chesterfield”, etc… and if I really eat Poutine. It’s funny to me, but since they’re /actually/ serious, kind of insulting as well.

    Not all Americans hate their government, and the reason /I/ hate their government is because of various reasons. “Mad Cow” was insanity. Japan, for instance, has over 50 cases of Mad Cow every year; but the Americans blocked off /our/ trade and influenced almost all outher countries to block off all /their/ trade as well. It’s one of our most #1 resources, and the American government tried to stop us from trading because we wouldn’t join in their war. We refused to do so because it would mean ripping up several treaties that we had signed, with absolutly no evidence to support the American view-point. The American government, meanwhile, was using Fox news to tell people that they found weapons of mass destruction, though they never did, and if you wanted to know the truth you had to visit an obscure part of their website to see the retraction. Simple fact, I have several American friends. I like them. I do not like the current government, nor Bush. That’s all I was saying.

    As for the Queen, we have her as a figurehead only. During the 1800’s Canada was part of the British Commonwealth, but we decided we would rather be our own country with our own laws. We are great friends with Britain, but in our government the Queen, and any British person, have absolutly no part in the leading or controlling of Canada. Her head is on our coin so that we can remember her, and the royal family, who /started/ Canada.

    As for Michael Moore and small buisnesses, I really have no clue. 🙂

  13. Bradley says:

    Ok now thats all sorted out – thanks – what do I talk about now???

    Or do I just fade into the background…

  14. Maikafuiniel says:

    lol I don’t know. You could all go back to Americans arguing for and against Canada, and I’ll just sit back and watch! 😀

  15. Maikafuiniel says:

    MUWHAHAHAHA *points and laughes at American gov* Turns out that Mad Cow crap you tried to put us through has been thrown back at you! 😀 You were expecting us to go belly-up in that market, now everybody is taking Canadian beef except you Americans, so now you have not only a competator, litterally /the/ competitor.

  16. Bradley says:

    Seriously now, Wtf?

    Who had mad cow disease?

    I had it for a while but I grew out of it.

  17. Sandy Smith says:

    Actually, the Mad Cow in the US came from Canada. Feeding sheep and cow brain to cattle has been illegal in the US for decades, which is why we haven’t had the problems that Europe and Canada, with its European-like system, have had.

    Sorry if for a change our government gets it right, but you earned that one.

    http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HEV/is_3_31/ai_112724930

  18. Maikafuiniel says:

    Actually- the first Mad Cow was in Alberta, and came from the US. The second was born in the US, and came to Canada, then back to the states as well. We don’t know WHEN they got Mad Cow, but both were originally from the States.

    Not only that but when the second one came about (and before they got the idea that it was in Canada), they tried to do a cover up. After weeks of them reporting as loud as they could about Canada and our meat problems, they said “It will blow over- like it did in Canada” But it never had.

    P.S. Japan has over 50 cases of Mad Cow per year. How come you haven’t blocked trade with them?

  19. Maikafuiniel says:

    Okay, my last post made no sense. Here’s the bit: Both were born in States, both moved to Canada, one moved back.

    American gov made as much of a hoot about it as possible on television, trying to belittle Canada after we said “no” to joining the war. When it was thrown back at them, they tried to make it seem as insignificant as possible- until realizing the cow had spent time in Canada. Then another sudden thing all over T.V. about it.

    And the Japan thing still stands.

  20. Sandy Smith says:

    Do you have a source on any of that?

    The story I linked to explicitly says that the “American” mad cow was born in Canada, and the Canadian official admits it. However, the US official goes out of his way to say that it’s not a Canadian issue, and this occurred after the US border was reopened to Canadian beef.

    Also, I could only find the one article on the origin of the mad cow, but many articles of Canada hotly contesting that it was too early to tell. The confirmed Canadian origin of the cow barely made a ripple in the US press.

    As to Japan–again, source?

    Obviously, our beef imports from Japan are dwarfed by our beef imports from just about everywhere else, and include mainly Kobe beef, which is not exactly commonly consumed given the price.

  21. Sandy Smith says:

    … and if you don’t believe the US press, believe your own government:

    http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/disemala/bseesb/situatione.shtml

    Scroll down to the Latest Information for January 6.

  22. Sandy Smith says:

    Further information: Japan has a blanket testing system, unlike the US or Canada. Like Canada, it has recently revised its feed rules to prevent BSE.

    http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=3&id=312005

    That being said, I’m not sure why they haven’t been reciprocated on the beef ban they still maintain against the US. Perhaps it’s because of their blanket testing?

  23. Bradley says:

    Ok this is depressing. Lets talk about something more uplifting… And interesting…

    Like my nose… Everyone have a good look. What do you think…?

    You can poke it if you like…

  24. Bradley says:

    Or if you’re feeling adventurous you can have a little prod of my ear lobes…

    Yes I’ve been eating cow brains…

  25. bradley says:

    what why has noone replied. Do we have to be serious to get a response???

  26. Sandy Smith says:

    There are, of course, more posts on this blog than this one. Many even more scintillating and insightful than this…for example, you can discuss how children are our future, and how it’s rather a crusty, germ-filled future akin to letting a troop of Rhesus monkeys loose in the neighborhood.

  27. Bradley says:

    Its been 5 days and I havent talked crap.

    I don’t know how I got onto this site, and I don’t know why I keep coming back.

    I could stop if I wanted to, I just don’t want to.

  28. Anonymous says:

    ….Well, there you go. I am canadian. I am not going to yell or anything, if you do not like my country, then fine. But I just wanted to clear something up, not every canadain hates America. And the ones that do, well, they either have a good reason, or are just stupid. One reason I dislike America is the fact of the bias you have on my country ( live in igloo, stupid, eat blubber, have a beaver, ect). I know alot of America’s that I like, and I have nothing wrong with all of Americans. I do have a problem with your government, the arrogence of most Americans (not all of them). If you would look in history, look at the war of 1812, when Americans tried to take over Canada, three times. All that because American’s believed in Manifest Destiny, which they were to control everything. That is something that most Canadians don’t like, although yes it is in the past. But most Americans tend to be very controling, think they’re country is better, when we should be the same, and are very rude with a lack of a better word. Oh, and for what you said about Americans not in Canada, well duh, it is canada, and you will find alot of canadains here. Think about it. I’m not trying to put your country down, just stating some facts, if you want to say that most Canadians hate America, think about the reasons why.

  29. DylaninAlbertaCanada says:

    Funny, Americans pretend to be indifferent towards Canada. But when it comes down to it, on every forum I’ve been. You reply every time to what Canadians have to say. Good or bad about your government or otherwise.

    The US needs to feel they are doing the right thing, Iraq for example. When ever someone from another country, be it france, Canada, Germany pipes up and says something negative about Iraq, the US whines about it and then says something to the effect of “You’re Canadian, I don’t care what you think. But in actuallity they care quite alot.

    I think thats the true test of a neighbour and friend.

    Just my thoughts.
    Dylan

  30. Sandy says:

    Are Americans caring about Canada or are they caring about the US?

    I mean, if you write on how you think that Canadian pig farmer subsidies are unconscionable in a civilized country, do a bunch of Americans chime in to ring down holy hell on the hated Canadians, or do they mostly ignore it? And if an American were to reply to such a post saying that Canadian pig policy is horrible, do you think Canadians would just let it lie or respond to it? And do Canadians find it OK to feel they’re doing the wrong thing? Or will they defend their nationalized health system to the rhetorical death?

    Pot, look at kettle. You might find you’re color-coordinated.

    If you read the text of the blog entry, you’ll find that I’m explicitly *not* criticizing Canada for failing to toe the line on Iraq.

  31. Anonymous says:

    If you read my post carefully, it wasn’t directly about Iraq only using Iraq as a good example.

    Simply put, we don’t hate each other (Canadian and Americans) otherwise we wouldn’t care so much what the other thought. This entire blog from the beginning states how you believe that the US has this indifference towards Canada and you yourself try to follow suit and say “I’ll you lot a bone”. Being that you are so gracious to do so. But true indifference would mean this blog would have never existed

    Believe me, if I post but a hint of something about Bush on other forums I get a response from republicans. Whether it’s good or bad, doesn’t matter.

    This Canadian hate isn’t really hate. Afterall, why would Canada care unless her countries people were concerned about our friend the US and why would the US care what we have to say in the least unless we had this cross border relationship.

    “Smug aboot” nothing (Except for our Canadian Hockey teak kicking the US’s ass). I am agreeing with you to a point. We are like a little brother to the big bad USA.

    So big brother, where next?

  32. Sandy Smith says:

    Not sure if by “blog” you mean “this blog post” because I assure you, all but one other post on this blog fails to mention Canada at all. It’s pretty much dictated by my whim. Hell, the next post you see above is about prostitution in New Zealand (as well as Joss Whedon’s Firefly series).

    I’m probably not a typical American. For one thing, your average Amurkin is fairly isolationist in sentiment. I’m not…which is unusual given that I’m also politically libertarian. So as an internationalist I’m going to recognize that Canada exists (and after the haugty tone I got from a Canadian lawyer trying to tell me how to do Web usability at work today, still hating you…politely).

    Case in point: NAFTA is much derided here for TAKIN’ MAH JAHRB and sending it to Mexicans. The fact that quite a lot of those jobs, especially from Detroit, have gone north to Canada is overlooked. I’d argue it says much more about the inherent racism of protectionists, but it may also speak to not giving Canada its due as not-U.S.

    My advice to Canada, which I fully expect to be taken as the arrogant Americanism for which it truly is: really, have confidence in yourself. I see a lot of analysis vis-a-vis America that should really just ignore us. Don’t compare Rush and Michael Jackson (except to say: Rush is a little pretentious but otherwise unobjectionable, while Michael Jackson should be nailed to a tree because, seriously, he’s way more freaky than he is talented). Drop the Canadian content laws for your radio stations and just trust that in the end, there will be a crap boy band or two from Canada who will make sweet, sweet bank in return for getting shafted by the Canadian version of the RIAA.

    I mean, one of the many things I don’t like about my own country is the fact that we still have an inferiority complex vis-a-vis Britain and Europe (well, mainly France) despite the fact that we’re equal to all of them put together economically, and vastly superior militarily. And we are more than well-represented in world popular culture. Enough already with the reflexive “whah don’t yawl go home to yer Euroslums with your opinion.” Except, of course, for the French, because really, everybody ought to slag them as a matter of principle. So this big brother’s message is: don’t be like us. Really, it’s not as fun as it looks. And I don’t think it looks that fun.

    (This comment partially brought to you by sweet, sweet Mexican beer.)

  33. sam says:

    I think Quebecois should be allowed to devolve fromma Canada…as long as they leave the land! =)

  34. DylaninAlbertaCanada says:

    Believe me, we aren’t like Americans. For the most part, except for those like you with some actual intellect, outside of that recieve from your own countries school systems.

    I am very patrioticly Canadian. But I also don’t want to give the idea that I absolutely hate the US. Because that wouldn’t be true. I enjoyed camping there when I was younger and most of the people are very sincere and have great hospitality. ( After sifting through the “bullshit campfire” stories that is).
    Which everyone has a few of I guess.

    Why do you blog? Is there a need for you to gain more knowlege? Or to feel that you are different from your other American counterparts? I find people are so worried about being themselves these days that they often go out looking to be different.

    Maybe thats why we have terrorism and all of these other things in the world, because people are worried that they won’t be heard and their exsistance as it is or was on this planet will mean nothing. What will your blog mean in the long run?

    Obviously it has gotten to some peoples eye’s to read. So you’ve succeeded in passing on a message and having people agree with you, disagree or be indifferent.

    I can have an opinion about the US or my own country and that doesn’t mean I hate either. Lots of people make the mistake of believing this is the way it works.

    You are correct about finding self worth. I love my country, in ways I hope it’s a good country and I’m glad we don’t bend over and take it from the US, that we actually stand up for what we believe.

    All opinions aside though. If you are trying to understand yourself and your place in this world, like everyone is. It’s best to have a look internally rather then externally. Or maybe thats what this blog is about? Externalising the internal?

    I’m a big fan or Bruce Lee. Besides all of the Martial arts stuff. You should read some of his philosophies. They are pretty cool.

    Did I really make a difference posting this? Heh, who cares. It’s probably just run of the mouth conversation.

    Dylan

  35. Anonymous says:

    Two words legitimize my hatred of Canada: Carolyn Parrish.

    Maybe because she calls all Americans “Bastards” and proclaims her hatred of America in Parliment.

    Not just a hatred of our government, but a hatred of American Citizens for voting Bush back into office.

    your PM and President did the right thing by bitch slapping her back into the gutter she lives in and issuing an apology.

    Sick of Canadian cultural elists calling American “arrogant” in our attitude while refusing to accept the fact that America has no monopoly on arrogance.

  36. DylaninAlbertaCanada says:

    Something you might find intresting. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2004-11-18-mad-cow_x.htm

    About Carolyn Parrish? She’s an idiot and the parliment gives her too long a leash. Even if she’s using her freedom of speech. She’s also letting Canadians foot the bill as she runs at the mouth about the US.

    Using my freedom of expression. Her ass should be booted to the curb promptly. So should the liberal party. But thats another story for another day.

    Now, if you are silly enough to listen to what she has to say. Because I am Canadian and I don’t really listen to her. Then I have to wonder about your mentallity. I’m very patriotically Canadian and I’ve learned I don’t have to hate another country to be that way.

    Carolyn Parrish is and will always be a dolt. She’s outgrown the will to change

    Dylan

  37. Alex says:

    I am 14,I am British and live in Britain, but i am part Canadian and and the piss riped out of me at school. I go to Canada every year to viste my family in Digby, Nova Scotia.

    Let me put some things straight:
    Yes they do say aboot by so do scotland and Ireland and half of Oxfordshire.

    No they don’t live in igloos

    They are the kindest, tidiest, nicest, people i know and the country is so beautiful to.

    And i say thanks for putting up with this country for so long, and for still being in the commonwealth.

    Does everyone agree or are you going to be hipmotised by American propagander.

  38. PT in BC says:

    Random thoughts:

    Some Americans pronounce Washington – Warshington and roof – ruff…Don’t know why.

    I believe Dan Rather is responsible for the death of Anwar Sadat.

    Watching CNN I could tell the building was going to collapse from 1000’s of miles away yet firefighters charged in there anyway.

    I remember wathching a news interview before 9-11, of a Muslim-looking type Cab Driver and he was talking about people flying into a building…

    Why not find that interview and investigate how he knew about that?

    …and I’m sure not all west-coast Canadians are all that proud to be Canadians either. (Maybe Paul Martin will improve things).

  39. Phil says:

    Hello, I’m just reading this a bit and came across some guy who thinks he knows what the average canadian thinks.

    Quote: “Oh and its ok if you guys hate quebec and manitoba (we dont like them either cause they always try leaving) Quebec being the canadian texas.”

    I fail to see how one can compare texas to quebec only on the separatist issue. Perhaps the said poster has no real idea what being a french canadian is like. So I would suggest that any “french bashing” (which to me is a sign of blatant ignorance) should be kept with your own narrow-minded circle of friends.

    Oh and to straighten things out, I’m an average quebecois and I still love this country and my province despite its politics.

    So yeah, basically you might think about shutting up before dissing your own people (because to my knowledge quebecois are still canadian).

  40. Vinya18 says:

    The Country the World Forgot – Again
    By Kevin Myers
    The Daily Telegraph, London
    April 21, 2002

    LONDON – Until the deaths last week of four Canadian soldiers accidentally killed by a U.S. warplane in Afghanistan, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops were deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will now bury its dead, just as the rest of the world as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.

    It seems that Canada’s historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

    That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States, and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts. For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.

    Yet its purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of Canada’s entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.

    Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, its unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular memory as somehow or other the work of the “British.” The Second World War rovided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack.

    More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone. Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth-largest air force in the world.

    The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time. Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated — a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.

    So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality — unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British. It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.

    Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves — and are unheard by anyone else — that 1% of the world’s population has provided 10% of the world’s peacekeeping forces. Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth — in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.

    Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non- Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia, in which out-of- control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace — a uniquely Canadian act of self- abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.

    So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan?

    Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac, Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun.

    It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost.

    This week, four more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.

  41. Robert G says:

    That last post wast touching. I had a grandfather that volunteered for both first and second world war then retired as a police officer in Sask.

    I think Canada is a constant reminder of the fact both Canada and the USA started as British Royal Colonies. Some American (remember the loyalists kicked out after the revolution)didn’t want to be a colony. Canada did. After all is said and done, Canad is the largest single nation on the planet (if you don’t give the autonomous state bulk to russia) and we did it without leaving the Commonwealth. We have achieved a peaceful nation with high living standard etc etc etc all while the USA did their own unique thing. I think it p**ses off our southern cousins.

    We arrived socially at similar levels of personal wealth for our citizens without a lot of the heartbreak and suffering our US cousins had because we weren’t trying to “be different” than the old world.

    I think Americans hate us , when they choose to think of us, because we look like a nicer version of them without the scars that made them bitter.

    I like Americans personally. We have American relatives. We don’t like republicans and are proud to elect a constant stream of “liberal” politicians. But Albertans don’t like it (they want to be Americans) and constanly blow the relationship troubles up for political points.

    Face it, we are two brothers who did different life paths and there’s bickering and whining from both sides.

    Personally I wouldn’t live in the States for safety concerns but don’t necessarily feel blessed with our Taxation and bueracratic overburdern.

    Just a thought or two.

  42. Jordan Springer says:

    Here are my thoughts, first of all, okay canada has some killer hockey. but that is about it.One thing you canadiens must realize is that no one cares around the world, what is going on in canada. shit, most people think you are the fifty first state. thank goddness you are not. all you little canadien bastards better be damn greatful you are neighbors to the worlds most powerful empire. you better be damn greatful that the only military you have is south of your border. so next time they are playing the United States of America’s national anthem, you should stand up and thank god that you are supposedly out allys. GOD BLESS AMERICA

  43. Greg Joubert says:

    Hey I would just like to say not all Canadians or Canadiens hate America. It really doesn’t bother me when I here sterotypical jokes about us like aboot or eh?, it’s the same stuff we say about you like your all gun loving hicks. Like I don’t think anybody really thinks that we all say eh and no-one here really thinks every american is married to his sister. The only thing that does annoy me is when people say things like we are traitors for not going to Iraq. We went to afganistan and fought becasue you where under attack and we knew that, but we’re not going to show up for every war just becasue you wanna take over a country, look at vietnam we didn’t go there and look who ended up right on that one (we where) looks like iraq is going the same route. The only problem I see is that you think your system of goverment is right no matter what and everyone should copy it. We pretty much have the same system and I love Canada but im not gonna go beat up vietnam till they go capitalist, or go bomb iraq till they say what I want. Iraq had nothing to do with WMD’s or 911, it was oil, there’s no proof linking anything about sadam to 911. the saudi’s had more of a link then saddam and you certianly fixed that… ohh wait you did ass nothing how aboot that eh?

  44. Canada is the world says:

    I have a few good friend who lives in the United States and they state that they are ashamed to be American so the way I look at it the proof was displayed in your last election 50% of Americans are good people and 50% have failed to learn to read and write or are just so ignorant they have no use in this world. Over 2,000 dead men so we can save $1 at the tanks. I feel so sorry for those people that were born American and became brainwashed – I pray every day and thank God my ancestors left that Godless land in 1765

  45. Rob says:

    Ok to start off, I’m american, i live about 40 minutes away from the border (quebec) and i got to a quebec boardin school…the lessons are in english surprisingly…

    One, i doubt that 50% of americans are illiterate…two…brainwashed??? all rity canuk, i think most canuks are brainwashed since they think they actually help out in the world…lets see…how many canadians won the noble peace prize? ONE…i think its over 50 americans who one, but dont quote me on that, but i know americans have the most noble PEACE prizes. Oh,we are so ignorant and have “no use in the world”…lets see…largest navy…largest army…largest air force…a shit load of weapons…and sounds like your friends are traitors JUST because Bush got elected??

    i hate him also, but he’ll be out in four years…and for godless land? We have a song called GOD BLESS AMERICA…i dont see people singing GOD BLESS CANADA…

    And for the Conquest…it wasn’t canadians who left “that godless land”…It was France VS Britian…Back then it was NEW FRANCE… so technically, your ancestors are british, or french, depending where u live…but…I do agree with you about the Iraq War…It’s a sad waste of life, but thats only the american death toll…imagine the Iraqi and the British, and the uh…”Coalition of the Willing” and i doubt any one will reply to this since…the last post was over a month ago…WE ARE NOT FUCKING ASHAMED OF BEING AMERICAN…You should b shot for even suggesting that…maybe your friends are, but theyre probably illegal aliens any ways

  46. reader1234 says:

    there’s nothing black and white like american ideals.

  47. iain says:

    i live in canada

    canada sucks!

  48. MrChillz says:

    Well, once Georgie boy signs that draft, Canada’s gonna look awfully good to the Internet Armchair Generals down south. That’s gonna be fun to watch!

  49. DAVID says:

    The country the world forgot – again
    By Kevin Myers
    The Daily Telegraph, London
    April 21, 2002

    As our country honours the last of its four dead soldiers, we reprint a remarkable tribute to Canada’s record of quiet valour in wartime that appeared in the Telegraph, one of Britain’s largest circulation newspapers.

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    LONDON – Until the deaths last week of four Canadian soldiers accidentally killed by a U.S. warplane in Afghanistan, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops were deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will now bury its dead, just as the rest of the world as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.

    It seems that Canada’s historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

    That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States, and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts. For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.

    Yet its purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of Canada’s entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.

    Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, its unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular memory as somehow or other the work of the “British.” The Second World War rovided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack.

    More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone. Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth-largest air force in the world.

    The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time. Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated — a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.

    So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality — unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British. It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.

    Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves — and are unheard by anyone else — that 1% of the world’s population has provided 10% of the world’s peacekeeping forces. Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth — in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.

    Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non- Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia, in which out-of- control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace — a uniquely Canadian act of self- abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.

    So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan?

    Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac, Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun.

    It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost.

    This week, four more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.

  50. john reid says:

    and we are pros.no hollywood in canada,just quality.

    Killing shot made at distance of 2,430 metres
    Stephen Thorne
    Canadian Press
    A world-record killing shot by a Canadian sniper detachment in Afghanistan could never have been made with the ammunition they were issued when they left Edmonton last winter, the triggerman said in a recent interview. The Canadian .50-calibre rounds have a maximum range of between 2,200 and 2,300 metres.

    But the U.S. rounds, they discovered, “fly farther, faster,” said Cpl. “Bill”, a 26-year-old native of Fogo Island, Nfld.

    The two-man Canadian team, coupled with American Sgt. Zevon Durham of Greenville, S.C., made the kill from 2,430 metres, or nearly 2 1/2 kilometres, on the second shot.

    This feat is the equivalent of standing at the foot of Yonge St. and hitting a target in the intersection of Yonge and Wellesley Sts., just north of College St.

    The first shot blew a bag from the hand of their target, an Al Qaeda fighter walking on a road.

    “He didn’t even flinch,” said Bill, who spoke on condition that his real name not be used.

    “We made a correction and the next round hit exactly where we wanted it to. Well, a bit to the right.”

    The kill, one of more than 20 unofficially accredited to Canadian snipers during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan’s Shah-i-Kot Valley, beat the 35-year-old record of 2,500 yards, or 2,250 metres, set by U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock in Duc Pho, South Vietnam.

    Soldier of Fortune magazine estimated the number of kills made by the Canadians after talking to several U.S. soldiers in Kandahar for a cover story in its August edition.

    The snipers themselves will not confirm the figure.

    But judging from accounts given by Canadians involved in the first major coalition offensive of the Afghan war, the figure of at least 20 sounds conservative.

    The 800-strong 3rd battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is pulling out this month.

    They’ll first go through a reintegration process on the Pacific island of Guam before heading home to Edmonton.

    About 100 British Royal Marines, too, wrapped up their last combat mission in Afghanistan yesterday after four months in Afghanistan.

    The five Canadian snipers, outfitted with British desert fatigues and an array of equipment from all over the world, were divided into two detachments that earned the respect of their American brothers-in-arms after helping rescue dozens of paratroopers pinned down by enemy fire.

    The five have been nominated for one of the highest awards given by the United States military – the Bronze Star, two of them with Vs for Valour, marking exceptional bravery.

    Awarding of the American medal, which was to have been done at a ceremony along with other Anaconda veterans in Kandahar in April, has been delayed by Canadian protocol officials.

    But more important to the Canadians are the gestures from their American brethren who – while nearly killing them several times over with “friendly fire” – owe many lives to their shooting skills.

    “They trusted us to do our job, without question,” said Master Cpl. “James,” a 31-year-old native of Kingsville, Ont., who like Cpl. Bill asked that his identity not be revealed.

    At one point during a series of battles, one of the Canadians was without his rifle. Enemy bullets were hitting the earth all around. Mortars were dropping in front and behind them, some within 10 metres, bracketing their position and getting closer all the time. “They really hammered us,” said Bill. He tried to get to their rifles but couldn’t. Finally, an American sniper tossed him his rifle and said: “Here, you know how to use this better than I do.”

    They held off the enemy until darkness descended and escaped.

    “They were instrumental in helping us achieve our goals out there,” said 1st Lieut. Justin Overbaugh, 25, of Missoula, Mont., the soldier who recommended Bill and James for Bronze Stars.

    “They are professionals; they are very good at what they do; they train hard, they are very mature, they are tactically and technically proficient so when it came time to do business, they were on,” he said. “If they told me I was going out right now, I’d be begging, kicking, screaming, crying for them to come with us.”

    Bill and James said they pulled off several shots from 2,400 metres or more.

    “Shots out that far are 60 per cent skill and 40 per cent luck, or vice versa,” said Bill. “Usually, it takes two or three rounds, sometimes five. “Normally, a sniper wouldn’t take that many shots, but they were out so far we felt confident they couldn’t tell where we were.”

    One morning, the two Canadians were set up overlooking a compound when Al Qaeda fighters started “pouring out of buildings like ants.” Bill started shooting while James called in a mortar attack, followed by B-52, F-16 and Apache helicopter strikes.

    In a separate incident, Bill and James found themselves looking up at a large dark object screaming out of the sky directly above them – a 220-kilogram American bomb.

    “We hit the deck and covered our heads with our hands,” said James. The bomb landed 30 metres away, nose in, and never went off.

    “By the grace of God, it was a dud,” said Bill. “It landed 15 metres from the B company (U.S. 101st Airborne Division) trenches. A guy got up, walked out of the trench and kicked the thing.”

    Capt. Paul Madej, Operation Enduring Freedom chaplain, who debriefed the Canadians, described them: “The Canadian snipers are professional, well-trained soldiers who walked into harm’s way and fulfilled their mission. They represent the best and they have our respect.”

    With files from Associated Press

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  51. john reid says:

    how can people who share so much be so differnet??????

    For all our talk about a lack of Canadian identity and so on, there is a Canadian way – and no where is it more evident than among our very capable soldiers overseas. I have seen it. An example came on the mountain known as the Whale in eastern Afghanistan. It was March 2002 and Canadian soldiers had launched their first combat offensive operation in 50 years. There were supposed to be between 60 and 80 highly motivated, suicidal al-Qaida fighters waiting for the Canadians on that mountain. The fact is, by the time we got there, they weren’t there. Most had left. There was, however, a single, lonely donkey wandering around the cliffs and hillsides. It had probably humped more mortar rounds for the al-Qaida during the past month than Canadians had fired in decades. But it didn’t matter. The animal posed no threat. There were 600 Canadians on that mountain and 100 American troops. For all we knew at the time, there was an al-Qaida fighter around every corner. It was a highly charged atmosphere, yet the Canadians – as Canadians are wont to do – feared for the donkey’s safety. So they broke open some infra-red glo-sticks and smeared the stuff all over the donkey so he could be seen at all hours. Then they sent him on his way. A little while later, there was a volley of gunfire and the donkey was dead, shredded by hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The Americans had blown him away.

  52. johnny canuck says:

    Happy birthday Canada! Thks for the good life.

  53. André says:

    I think everyone should be a little more accepting, and less vocal of their dislike of other countries. You’re allowed to say you don’t like somthing specific about a place, but when you say you hate an entier country without knowledge of every aspect of that country, then you’re a pre-judging idiot. If i were american, I’d have voted for bush. I have nothing against the US in general. I don’t support the canadian beef market. (if they’re gonna feed cows cow brains, they can go to hell) And I think paul martin is one dumb PM, what with his sponcership scandal. I also dissaprove of quebec and their pro-sepratist movement. wow look! I have more dislike for my own country than the US! I still don’t hate canada though…

  54. Amerikkkka says:

    Yesterday was Amerikkka’s GAY BIRTHDAY. Here are some common GAY Amerikkkan myths I would like to dispel.

    Everybody hates Amerikkka. Here are some of the reasons why Canadians hate the living (s)hit out of AMerikkka (NOTE: THE HEADINGS IN BOLDED ARE NEW REASONS TO HATE AMERIKKA. IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR NEW IDEAS, E-MAIL ME AT THE E-MAIL ADDRESS BELOW. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND HATE AMERIKKKA):

    1) “KANADA IS A FURD-WURLD KUNTRY!”

    If you really hate Amerikkkans, here’s the best reason to begin with. Amerikkkans just can’t stop (f)ucking talking. The second they open their mouths, crap flies. Or (s)hit. Or whatever what the hell you want to call it. When was the last time your didn’t hear AMerikkkans spewing forth their sickly egotistical bull(s)hit, “We are the best nation.” And what the hell? Canada being a third-world country? Am I missing something here? Amerikkka has a $1 trillion debt, yet you (a)ssholes have the unmitigated temerity to call Canada a third world country? Is there any logic behind your arguement AT ALL? I hope you guys have a better sense in how the economy works and use your brain for ONCE. But wait….wait a second…Amerikkans using their brains? WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT?

    2) “KANADA ADHERES 2 DA BRITISH MONARCHY! U.S. DUSNT!”

    Not that British monrach “adhereance” (c)rap again! Here’s one word to rebut that stupid claim: INCORRECT! The last time I checked, half of the Amerikkkans don’t even know what their talking about. Aane says that Canada is “technically owned by the British”(owned?) while some other guys say that Canada is ruled by the Brits. And the ones who DO understand their own history can’t get the facts straight. “Kanada is part of BritaIN!!!” Bla bla bla. YAWWWWWWWWN. Canada DOES NOT adhere to the British monrach. In 1982, Canada P-A-T-R-I-A-T-E-D the constitution, meaning Canada is a FREE INDEPENDENT AUTONOMOUS REGION from Britain. Because many of you Amerikkan unedukated f***ers don’t know what patriate means, it means bringing back something to a particular group of people. As well, I hope you (f)uckers take a look at your Amerikkan history textbook and find out what the 13 stripes mean. Technically speaking, Amerikkka is still a part of the British monrachy. Why? The 13 stripes stands for the 13 colonies that Britain ruled. Need another example of British adherance by the U.S.? Click here!([url=http://www.theodora.com/flags/state_flags/hi.gif) Find anything WRONG with Hawaii’s flag? So much for a “republic.” Your republic can kiss my ass for all that I care, just like you AMerikkkan pigs.

    And speaking of adherance to the British monrachy, if Canada adheres to the British monrachy, then what should we make of AUSTRALIA? Why is it that NOBODY makes a sound about AUSTRALIA EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE A UNION JACK ON THEIR FLAG? If Canada was Britain’s dog, then Australia is Britain’s slave. But then again, Amerikkkans are so retarded, slow and jacked-up that, hell, they don’t see anything but the shortcomings of Canada. So sad. Might as well call them the most appropriate term: (f)ucknuts.

    3) “WE SHUD INVADE KANADA!..KANADA HAS NO ARMY!!!!”

    Ah yes, the military clout rears its ugly head YET AGAIN! Before I begin, take a look at how many times this statement has been regurgitated!

    Our Special forces!(http://www.geocities.com/americaisbetterthancanada/canadianforces.html)

    We shud invade Kanada!!!! There’s even a whole site dedicated to it!

    (http://www.invadecanada.com.us)

    By conservative limp dick Jane Golderb “Bomb Canada!”

    A random idiot typed this!

    All you f***ing Canadian dumbass retards can burn in hell. You don’t know s*** about s***. f***ing pussies, afraid of war. You were founded by the f***ing french. After trying once, we didn’t even bother to try and get your sorryass country. It’s a piece of s***, and all you can do is glide around on frozen water. Sounds f**gish to me. (http://www.uselessjunk.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1753)

    What the hell? Let’s see that again

    Our Special forces!(http://www.geocities.com/americaisbetterthancanada/canadianforces.html)

    We shud invade Kanada!!!! There’s even a whole site dedicated to it!

    (http://www.invadecanada.com.us)

    By conservative limp dick Jane Golderb “Bomb Canada!”

    A random idiot typed this!

    All you f***ing Canadian dumbass retards can burn in hell. You don’t know s*** about s***. f***ing pussies, afraid of war. You were founded by the f***ing french. After trying once, we didn’t even bother to try and get your sorryass country. It’s a piece of s***, and all you can do is glide around on frozen water. Sounds f**gish to me. (http://www.uselessjunk.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1753)

    What the hell? Why the hell do you need to mention how “weak”(laugh) Canada’s army is four consecutive times? Am I missing something here? Do you Amerikkans know anything about a special term called D-I-P-L-O-M-A-C-Y? Yes DIPLOMACY. You see fools Amerikka would NEVER invade Canada. Why? Because we are “allies”. And if Amerikkka was to invade Canada, half of them would run back to their mommies in Texas, since those (f)uckfaces would freeze to death. The other half would be mauled, shot, raped and killed by-who else?- the countries around the world. So the next time you (f)uckers hope to come up here, stock up on some blankets and heaters. We wouldn’t want to see you guys freeze up into little cubicles now LMAO!

    4) “KANADA IS A BARREN LAND!”

    Errr. If Canada was a barren land, why would you want to invade us? Is it because we are(cough cough) BETTER?….I don’t get it…is this another episode of Amerikkkan education gone bad?

    5) “KANADIAN MEN ARE PANSY’S AND PUSSIES!!!!”

    Yeah you know Canadian men are such pussies and pansy’s that half the Canada sucks sites are controlled or overrun by Canadians, including this one. I guess we are such pansies that we have to stand up with – 10 degree weather while you limp dicks enjoy the sun down their in retardville(California) or redneck central(Texas). How can we be “pussies” when, hell, you (s)hits can’t even stand a temperature that dips below 0 or snow? Canadian men are pussies? If Canadian men are pussies, then I guess Amerikkkan guys are little doggies that are probably still getting groomed and lectured by Paris Hilton for their “physical toughness.” Laughing my ass OFF! ZINC.

    6) “KANADA HAS SNOW….AND IT’S GOT LOTS AND LOTS OF IT!”

    So do you. According to the weather network, Rochester gets MORE snow that Toronto, Ontario. Did you know THAT? Did you (f)uckers know that Chicago has SNOW? Did you know that NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, BOSTON, WASHINGTON and MOST of the North Eastern States HAVE SNOW? Did you know snow kills wussie Amerikkans? LOL!

    7) “KANADA’S MAIN EXPORT IS MAPLE SYRUP…AND ERR…..THAT’S IT! I HATE KANADA!”

    Zzzzzzzzz.ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz. FYI, Canadian James Gosling invented the Java Script for the computer. Without him, the computer would not work you dumb asses. Second, Canada came up with the IDEA of peacekeeping, NOT AMERIKKKA.(Too bad, eh?) Third, Canada invented a medicine that helps combat diabetes. Fourth, we invented basketball. Oh yeah-and how could I forget?-we gave you (f)aggots Pamela Anderson. Bitches. And that’s only SOME of the myriad of inventions that Canada has contributed to. What has Amerikka contributed? Crap…s***…garbage…..Dubya…WAR….Peace(“laugh. Dream on you dicks.”)….corruption….greed(and the list goes ON AND ON AND ON)

    P.S. Canada’s maple syrup would poison the eagle. Wouldn’t that be great?

    8) “KANADIAN PEOPLE ARE STOOPID!”

    WIth a nation of 68% who are fat, I guess Amerikkkans are real people who can use their brain.(laugh) What idiots,other than Amerikkkans, would argue that “Canada has nothing but ice” yet would want to “Invade us?” If the answer is “resources,” then Canada has something MORE than ice, correct? And if Canada had nothing but ice, why does it house 33 MILLION PEOPLE? Can somebody explain that?

    And so much for stupid. In a recent survey done by the National Geography magazine, a full “66% of Amerikkkan kids could NOT pinpoint the North Pacfici Ocean, China or India.” 66%? What the hell are Amerikkans teaching their students? Need another example of Amerikkkan stupidity? Watch Jay Leno’s “JAYWALKING.” it’s guarenteed to make you laugh. Laugh at Amerikkans and their stupidity. Laughing at Amerikkkans.

    SAMPLE SCRIPT FROM JAYWALKING DURING AN INTERVIEW BETWEEN LENO AND A MARRIED COUPLE.

    Leno: “What two sides fought during the American Civil War?”

    WOMAN: “North and South?”

    Leno: “Well..there’s a name for both of the sides. What are the sides called?”

    Man: “EAST AND SOUTH?”

    ANOTHER OCCASION

    Leno: “What is Mozart’s first name?”

    Woman:”uhhh……”

    Leno: “I’ll give you a hint. These wolves are in a gang….”

    Woman: “PACK?”

    Leno(laughing): “What? PACK MOZART?”

    9) “KANADA HAS NO CULTURE. IT IS OWNED BY THE US!!!!!”

    (f)uckthat. If Canada has not culture and is “owned,”by Amerikkka wouldn’t Australia be as equally OWNED? Did you asses know that Australia’s film industry was DESTROYED by you pathetic scumbags(espeically corporate Amerikkka.) And what about China? Did you (a)ssholes know that China film industry is littered with American films? Did you know that English people listen to American artists like Eminem and 50 Cent. Did you know that Russia has an MTV RUSSIA? (F)UCK DID YOU KNOW THAT CANADA HAS A (F)UCKING CULTURE? It’s funny how you dicks say that Canada has no culture, yet you satarize our national symbols, such as the Polar Bear and the beaver. Clearly, that’s what we call HYPOCRISY CORRECT? Yet again, another example of Amerikkan edukashun.

    10) “KANADIANS ARE IDIOTS BECAUSE IF THEY WERE KANADIANS, THEIR COUNTRY SHOULD BE CALLED KANADIA?!!!!”

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but that arguement doesn’t really work. If Canada should be renamed Canadia, then shouldn’t Amerikkans be called United Statans? Or Unitans? Simply put, you guys are so lazy that you guys don’t even bother using United States. Instead, you take the “short-cut” and save a few seconds by calling your maggots “Americans.” How lazy can you (a)ssholes get? yes. For all you Amerikkan idiots out there, I am making fun of you because you are lazy. I mean LOOK AT YOUR NAME. IT’S CALLED UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, not AMERICA. Besides, if Canada should be changed to Canadia, then shouldn’t France’s name be changed to Franca in order to be called Francans? Or China to Chinanans? (f)ucktarts. Get a life will you ?

    11) “KANADA’S ECONOMY IS A SHAM!”

    Ours is NOT. Yours, on the other hand, is. With a staggering debt of $1 trillion dollars, I guess Amerikkkans are still paying for the war in Iraq! And you know what the best part is, besides paying your taxes and funding the war? You guys have to pay for your HEALTH CARE!! BAHAHAHAHHAHA I would just love to see what the health care mentality in the states is. “Sir, you have to pay 20% of your income to fund the war….uh…..10% to fund the national debt…..Oh yeah and by the way, because you are injured, will you please PAY WHILE WE TAKE CARE OF YOUR INJURY FOR YOU? yes, this country is so greedy that you must pay. Now PAY YOU BITCH ! PAY PAY PAY!” By the way, Amerikkkans-yes, this is ACTUAL FACT- pay MORE income taxes than Canadians. (a)ssholes

    Well, this raps up this special edition of HATING AMERIKKKA. if you have any other concerns, please e-mail me at death_to_america@hotmail.com!

    12) “KANADA HAS A TOWN KALLED DILDO!!!”

    Below are the very interesting names in the U.S. AND YES, THESE ARE ACTUALLY PLACES IN AMERIKKKA.

    ACCIDENT, MARYLAND

    ALPHABET CITY, NEW YORK

    ARAB, ALABAMA

    ASSAWOMEN, VIRGINIA

    BAD AXE, MICHIGAN

    BAGDAD, ARIZONA

    Big Ugly Wilderness Area, West Virginia, USA

    Boring, Oregon, USA

    Brazil, Indiana, USA 9

    AND IF YOU (F)UCKERS WERE WONDERING, YES THERE IS A PLACE NAMED AFTER CANADA. IT’S CALLED CANADIAN, TEXAS(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian%2C_Texas)

    13) “AMERIKKA HAS BETA PLASES DAN KANADA BECUZ WE HAFA BETUR NAMES DAN DEM. LIK TORONTO AND VANKUFA IS SO GAI!!!!!!”

    It’s interesting Amerikkkan say this. Afterall, this is from a country who’s states and cities name’ are practically comprised of the names of OTHER NATIONS. Ever heard of New York? Did you know that scummy city was named after York in England? Have you guys ever heard of New England, clearly named after England, of whom the UNITED STATES STILL TO THIS DAY STILL BOWS DOWN TO? Have you (a)sslicks ever heard of New Mexico, named after Mexico? Have you guys heard of St. Louis named after the French king of St. Louis? Have you guys hear of Louisianna, named after a French Prince? Did you guys know that their is a city called Toronto, Ohio named after Toronto? And LAST BUT NOT LEAST did you know that U.S.A. is a pretty (f)ucked up name? For you Amerikkkans out there, it stands for United States of (A)ssholes OR United Slobs of America, NOT UNITED STATES OF AMERIKKKA.

    14) “KANADA’S NASHUNAL ANFEM IS SO GAI!!!! DA USA NASHUNAL ANFEM IS SOOOOO MUCH BETTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    A national anthem that talks about useless bombs dropping overhead and a war-mongering nation that bases its national anthem on a stupid, worthless fight against the British isn’t even a national anthem. IN FACT, it sounds more like a commercial or a (f)ucking annoying 10 year old girl ranting about how proud she is fighting an army. Wow, so you guys fought and defended Fort McHenry(like anybody gives a flying (f)uck). Some guys died, but you still fought the British invasion. Boo Hoo, cry me a damn river. As for the Canadian national anthem,

    Now I’ve made some proposals myself about how the Amerikkkan national anthem should be sung. Here, take a look.

    Oh, say can you pee by the dawn’s early death
    What so proudly we got, a-a goddamn heart attack?
    Who brought guns and burgers through the perilous loss?
    O’er the humvees we died, were so gallantly we were beheaded.
    And the rocket’s red glare, went into our (a)nus!
    Gave proof through the night that Allah was our god.
    Oh for the land of the (b)astarrrrrrrrrds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And the home, of theeeeeeeeeee, (G)AY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As a result, because your national anthem is too scummy and stupid, THIS will be your adopted and NEW NATIONAL ANTHEM.

    O Canada! Our home and native land!
    True patriot love in all thy sons command.
    With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
    The True North strong and free!
    From far and wide, O Canada,
    We stand on guard for thee.
    God keep our land glorious and free!
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
    Suck that (b)itches.

    P.S.

    Amerikkkans ought to be executed and gassed to death, just like Hitler. HAIL BIN LADEN!

  55. 1) “Amerikkka has a $1 trillion debt, yet you (a)ssholes have the unmitigated temerity to call Canada a third world country?”

    Hey, it ain’t cheap to pay for all the guns to protect not just our country, but YOUR country too.

    2) “Bla bla bla. YAWWWWWWWWN. Canada DOES NOT adhere to the British monrach. In 1982, Canada P-A-T-R-I-A-T-E-D the constitution, meaning Canada is a FREE INDEPENDENT AUTONOMOUS REGION from Britain.”

    Actually, Canada has been independent since the Statute of Westminster in 1931. (Look it up.)

    Haha! This dumb American knows more about your own country than you do.

    3) “if Amerikkka was to invade Canada, half of them would run back to their mommies in Texas, since those (f)uckfaces would freeze to death.”

    Good thing we have Alaskans to pick up the slack.

    4) “If Canada was a barren land, why would you want to invade us?”

    Parking for the Mall of America.

    5) “Yeah you know Canadian men are such pussies and pansy’s that half the Canada sucks sites are controlled or overrun by Canadians, including this one.”

    Must not be too much to do up there, eh?

    6) “According to the weather network, Rochester gets MORE snow that Toronto, Ontario.”

    And 99% of the USA gets less snow than Rochester. USA! USA!

    7) “Fourth, we invented basketball.”

    Yeah, basketball was invented by a Canadian (James Naismith) — who had MOVED TO AMERICA before he invented it. Ooops.

    8) “[I]f Canada had nothing but ice, why does it house 33 MILLION PEOPLE? Can somebody explain that?”

    Igloos.

    9) “Did you know that English people listen to American artists like Eminem and 50 Cent.”

    I say, I’m inclined to bust a cap in your ass, old chap.

    10) “How lazy can you (a)ssholes get?”

    http://www.frattoys.com/product.asp?numRecordPosition=1&P_ID=129&OVRAW=beer%20hat&OVKEY=beer%20hat&OVMTC=standard

    USA! USA!

    11) “By the way, Amerikkkans-yes, this is ACTUAL FACT- pay MORE income taxes than Canadians.”

    Since Canadians pay their taxes in beaver pelts, that’s not technically true if you compare by weight.

    12) “Big Ugly Wilderness Area, West Virginia, USA”

    Another great thing about the USA: Truth In Advertising.

    13) “Ever heard of New York? Did you know that scummy city was named after York in England? Have you guys ever heard of New England, clearly named after England, of whom the UNITED STATES STILL TO THIS DAY STILL BOWS DOWN TO? Have you (a)sslicks ever heard of New Mexico, named after Mexico?”

    But in all these cases, we were smart enough to get the latest model.

    14) “From far and wide, O Canada,
    We stand on guard for thee.
    God keep our land glorious and free!
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.”

    I think you have a typo there. It should read:

    From far and wide, O Canada,
    [America stands] on guard for thee [while we sit around defacing Yankee web sites].
    [US Army] keep our land glorious and free!
    O Canada, [the Americans we love to hate] stand on guard for thee.

  56. Sandy says:

    Amerikkka:

    That’s some quality rage. You should totally get a blog.

    However, a couple of points:

    1) My post praises Canada. So this isn’t exactly a Canada-sucks site. Try reading it…all the cool kids are reading these days.

    2) I even praised Canada again, just a few days ago.

    http://www.sfsmith.com/blog/archives/000265.html

    And, in reference to that issue…I assume you mean it positively that you call our Independence Day holiday “gay”.

    3) Despite the quality rage, you may need to reassess the relative IQ or at least education levels of Canada versus the US. I went to one of the WORST public school systems in the US, and I still somehow learned that there’s no such thing as “who’s” in the English language.

    4) My computer works just fine with JavaScript turned off. As a follow-up to Jason’s comment, did you know that Alexander Graham Bell also did his inventing here?

  57. Sandy says:

    Nit-picking addendum: You can have a contraction of “who is”, but it’s relatively informal. (e.g. “Jane, who’s going to be at the party, is a totally hot babe.”) However, there is no such possessive.

  58. john reid says:

    Who is big brother protecting Canada from?? And thks for your help in 1914 and 1939

  59. .... says:

    This is the most retarded thing I have seen in my life…Get LIVES ppl…honestly…if you wrote more than a paragraph, plz die for every1 elses sake…

  60. kit kat says:

    i like canada. i myself am a canadian. u don’t see canada goin to war. in WW2, we canadians fought the war and we won. thats right we won cuz we had heart. and after the war we won and we got a piece of land in memorial for us. after that, we were peace keepers! we said no to any other war after that. proof: when president bush asked us canadians to help him find saddam, we said no cuz it wasn’t out beef.

  61. Continental Drifter says:

    LOL! That interaction between Amerikkka and Jason was the funniest thing I’ve read in weeks! Kudos to both of you. By the way, I’m a proud Canadian (like Peter Jennings who, contrary to the erroneous US media reports stating he gave up his Canadian citizenship when he received his US citizenship a couple of years ago, actually retained his Canadian citizenship stating ” you can take the boy out of Canada but you can never take Canada out of the boy”….he said he would always consider himself a Canadian, first and foremost). There are idiots in the USA and there are idiots in Canada but when one considers that Canada has 33 million people whilst the US has nearly 300 million, it is the unfortunate truth that there will always be ten times as many idiots in the USA. Canada RULES (especially in this era of $66 oil as we have the world’s second largest oil reserves and we are your largest source of imported oil. Better be nice to us our you’ll be freezin’ in the dark!

  62. Sandy Smith says:

    “Better be nice to us our you’ll be freezin’ in the dark!”

    Um…you might want to read the parent post. Nations that refuse to sell Bush oil seem to have “accidents” that involve him “accidentally” relocating a US theater command’s headquarters to the country’s former capital for a bit.

    So until there’s a Democrat in office, you might want to just be polite and rake in the FILTHY LUCRE.

  63. .... says:

    Wow I’m sorry…Did you say The United States imports more oil from Canadia than the Middle East? Hmmmm…Please shooturself…and I’ll shoot myself for writing more than a paragraph…

  64. Sandy Smith says:

    Well, Canada is the largest single country the US imports oil from.

    http://www.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/facts/favorites/fcvt_fotw246.shtml

    On the other hand, Saudi and Iraqi oil used to account for more than Canada’s input when combined. Dunno what it is after we did them the favor of implementing rather forcible government reform.

    PS — If you combine all the Latino sources (Mexico and Venezuela), we get more oil from south of our borders than any other region.

  65. David says:

    Still waiting to find out who the usa is protecting Canada from!

  66. .... says:

    Still wondering if Canadia is a real country!

  67. Anonymous says:

    No need to wonder if Canada is real,ask the New Orleans.

  68. GOOSE says:

    TIS FAR,FAR BETTER TO GO TO WAR AGAINST THE USA THAN ON THEIR SIDE,YOU LOSE LESS PEOPLE THAT WAY.

  69. POO ON YOU CANUCKS says:

    New Orleaneans wouldnt go to Canada, too fuckn cold compared with the hot humid enviroment of the biouxs there…and as for the war against the USA…have u been watchin somethin on t.v called the IRAQ WAR COVERAGE?? they only show the american casualties most of the time…but for the 1st three days of the war…9,000 iraqis were killed…and no americans? plus we got sum nukes in Nunavut back from the COld war days…so canada should b a little cautious…but u canucks got ur heads so far up ur asses…u just cant admit defeat…

  70. the war according to fox "news" says:

    ok asshole where are the nukes in canada as an ex canadian soldier i would be very interested to know.9000 iraq good guys or bad guys killed or does it matter.you`re not known for your fighting abilities but your bullshit is first rate.

  71. not fox " news " says:

    No,maybe not but Canadians went to Nawlins to save lives…….and did.Canadian urban search and rescue teams,got there before your own military.I`m gussing I know where your head is….

  72. john says:

    Do not send any Frenchmen to Canada from New Orleans,we have ENOUGH! thank you.

  73. david says:

    How fuckin` long long do I have to wait for one of you fuckin` hollywood heroes to tell me what the us is protecting Canada from????

  74. david says:

    thought know one one could tell me,go back to patton you bunch of hero obsessed whores.

  75. DAMN CANADIANS says:

    Bolt Actions Speak Louder Than Words
    Canadian Soldiers Take Out Taliban!

    29 December 2003
    By Rob Krott *
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    From Soldier of Fortune
    Also read Cool under fire, snipers don’t miss on the same snipers.

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    The abilities of Canadian snipers are well known in the international sniping community. Four Canadian Army teams won top honors at the U.S. Army Sniper School’s first international sniping competition at Fort Benning, Georgia. Canadian Army snipers have seen limited deployment on recent peacekeeping operations in the Balkans, but in Afghanistan they got the chance to go “live.” Two teams of Canadian snipers from the 3rd Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group deployed in support of U.S. infantrymen from two U.S. Army light infantry battalions (2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division [Air Assault], and 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division), during Operation Anaconda in March 2002. The snipers are part of the 3rd PPCLI battalion reconnaissance platoon, stationed in Edmonton, Alberta.

    Trained to engage targets out to at least 800 meters, Canada’s snipers — there are only a few dozen — learn their trade in the Sniper Cell of the Combat Training Center’s Infantry School at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick.

    The Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) officially confirmed that a team of six Canadian snipers killed several heavily armed Taliban or al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan in the first weeks of March, “taking out” machine-gun nests and mortar positions at long range — the first confirmed enemy killed in combat by Canadian troops since the Korean War. In a press briefing at the onset of Operation Harpoon, a mopping-up mission to find and eliminate pockets of resistance remaining after Operation Anaconda, Vice-Admiral Greg Maddison, the Deputy Chief of Defense Staff, said Canadian snipers from the 3 PPCLI Battle Group killed enemy fighters during Operation Anaconda and they could kill more in Operation Harpoon. “These sniper teams suppressed enemy mortar and heavy machine-gun positions with deadly accuracy,” he noted.

    During Operation Anaconda, Canadian snipers killed enemy fighters while defending U.S. troops that were under fire. “As the American battalion was moving down the ridge and dealing with the Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters that they were encountering, the snipers were there to provide defensive capability. As they were moving forward, they would encounter various positions in which mortars were being fired at them and at the Americans and they were able to take out some of these positions and protect the Americans as they were continuing towards their final objective,” he added. “Their skills are credited with likely having saved many Allied lives.”

    He would not say how many enemy fighters the snipers killed or provide any other details of the incident, stating, “First of all, we don’t have the specific numbers from the folks on the ground. It’s a very difficult thing to ascertain. The snipers were moving forward with the American battalion. Once the Taliban had been neutralized, if you will, they carried on forward to the objective and we’re not in the business of actually counting how many folks they may or may not have indeed killed. So I can’t tell you a specific number of how many were.”

    The Canadian Department of National Defense can’t (or won’t for reasons of political correctness) be specific or give numbers, but Soldier Of Fortune can.

    “Without Warning, Sans Remorse”
    The need for snipers became apparent to the Canadian Defence Department during the summer of 1990 when snipers from the then-Royal Canadian School of Infantry (RCSI), CFB Gagetown, NB were attached to 5e Groupe-Brigade Mecanise du Canada from BFC Valcartier, Quebec during Operation Salon for the Mohawk Indian uprising in Oka, Quebec.

    In 1992, Canadian Army sniping underwent “rejuvenation” at the School of Infantry. The Infantry School conducts the master sniper course and also oversees the three Area Training Centers governing the basic sniper courses. The master snipers are capable of instructing basic snipers and facilitate their continual training, magnifying their impact many times over. The 3PPCLI snipers train at their Area Training Center’s Basic Course at the Land Force Western Area Training Center, Wainwright, Alberta. The official motto of the snipers is “Without Warning, Sans Remorse.”

    For ease of administration and training, snipers are organized as a section of the reconnaissance platoon. The section consists of a sergeant section commander, two master corporals, one of which is the second-in-command, and four corporal/private snipers. The section is organized into three detachments of two snipers each, and the section driver is also a spare sniper. When deployed, each team or detachment is organized as a sniper and an observer. Team members assist each other during long periods of observation and with range estimations, adjustments of rounds and security.

    The Section Commander is designated as the unit master sniper, and is responsible for advising the Commanding Officer, usually through the reconnaissance platoon commander, on all matters related to sniping including counter-sniping. He is also responsible for sniper training and testing. According to WO Rick Hills, OIC of the Master Sniper Cell at CFB Gagetown, “The employment of snipers will vary by the scale and type of conflict and the selection of weapons and equipment will also remain flexible and task-dependent. Canadian snipers will always operate, as a minimum, in pairs as a two-man detachment.”

    Serious Body Counts
    Canuck snipers supposedly had the highest number of confirmed kills in the Shah-i-Kot Valley fight. A source in Kandahar working with the Canadian sniper teams estimates “well over 20 confirmed kills at long ranges.” There is an unconfirmed, but widely circulated, report of a 2,400-meter kill (chest-shot) against the driver of an enemy resupply truck. If validated, it will be a new record for the longest shot made by a military sniper in combat (currently 2,500 yards or about 2,250 meters, held by GySgt Carlos Hathcock, USMC, near Duc Pho, South Vietnam, January 1967, with a Browning .50 HMG mounting an 8-power Unertl telescopic sight).

    Two detachments of Canadian snipers entered the battle alongside U.S. units. One group of three went in with a company from the 101st Airborne’s 3rd Brigade “Rakkasans.” When the American grunts became pinned down, the three Canadians and three accompanying U.S. Army Special Forces shooters armed with M24 Remingtons went to work. Moving to a vantage point, they began picking-off al-Qaeda fighters engaging the 101st infantrymen. For more than an hour they fought it out with heavily dug-in al-Qaeda fighters. According to Master Corporal (MCPL) “Alex,” a 30-year old infantryman from Ottawa and Halifax, “As soon as we got rid of one guy, another would come up, and another one.”

    With the pressure off them, the company of 101st infantrymen quickly moved into their assigned blocking positions. The Canuck snipers were in their element. They continued their long-range shooting with their McMillan Brothers .50-cal. Tactical Anti-Materiel Sniper Rifle System. This is the new bolt-action, Long-Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW) that was only introduced to Canadian Infantry Battalions in April 2000. The LRSW is modified for Canadian Army use with a moveable cheek piece and shortened bipods, and is fitted with a 16x Leupold optical sight. It has a five-round magazine, weighs 12 kg./26.4 lbs., and is 145cm/58 in. in length. The Canadians push AMAX Match .50-caliber ammunition through it.

    The spotter (secondary) or team commander, uses a C3A1 7.62mm Sniper Rifle — a Parker-Hale M82 modified to Canadian specs with a six-round detachable magazine, extended bolt handle, strengthened receiver, new trigger safety and a new match-type barrel. The C3A1 is fitted with a Unertl 10x optic (same as USMC-issue), and its usual fodder is Norma Match 7.62mm ammunition loaded with the Sierra Match King 168-gr. HPBT(M) bullet. The LRSW is fitted with Gen III and the C3 Gen II Simrad image-intensification devices for low-light work. For back up they both have the Canadian-made Diemaco C-8 5.56mm Carbine (analogous to the U.S. M4) and 9mm Inglis GP (M1935) Hi-Power pistol using standard service ammo. The teams also have 20-power compact spotting scopes, a Leica Vector binocular with built-in rangefinder, compass and inclinometer functions and a GPS uplink, in addition to normal field gear, camouflage, and ghillie suits: The Canadians put it all to use.

    The LRSW, however, is the primary weapon for the sniper team. When employing the LRSW, the usual two-man team of sniper and spotter will normally be increased to three and will then be designated as a sniper team. The team will consist of the No. 1, (primary sniper) employing the LRSW, the No. 2, (team commander) employing the C3A1, and the No. 3, (team security) employing the Canadian-made Diemaco C7 5.56mm M16A2 type rifle. With the weapon systems complementing each other, this allows for a maximum of flexibility of tasks within the team.

    Into The Fray
    The American infantrymen, flown in by CH-47 Chinook helicopter and forced to hump over bare ground from their two mountain LZs, were taking heavy fire from the enemy. They were easy targets for well-prepared heavy machine-gun and automatic-weapons positions on the 10,000-foot ridge known as the Whale’s Back on the West side of the valley, and the commanding 10,000- to 12,000-feet heights of the Shah-i-Kot mountain ridge on the East side, and even the village, Sherkankel, in the valley. The American grunts came under immediate and intense enemy fire from these prepared defensive positions sited above and all around them. American infantrymen in the fight said the enemy fire consisted of everything from small arms to mortars and heavy machine guns, firing with interlocking arcs from both the top of the Shah-i-Kot mountain range, and across the valley from the Whale. Many were pinned down by the heavy fire and needed help taking out the enemy machine guns and mortars that were inflicting casualties. The Canadian snipers were on the job.

    A recent Canadian newspaper article by Canadian Press photojournalist Stephen Thorne interviewed some of the snipers. MCPL Alex recalled, “The six of us suppressed fire and neutralized the enemy. They were either dead or they ran away.” Kitted-out in British desert DPM uniforms (the Canucks haven’t issued desert brown uniforms yet) they were so well camouflaged they were nearly shot up by Apache attack helicopters. They heard the Apache firing and looked behind them to see great spouts of dirt in two rows. The rounds stopped only a meter from their position. MCPL Alex said, “I don’t know how the .50 didn’t get hit. We laughed after that. You got to.”

    The team had cached their 110-pound rucks. Under fire, they needed additional optics and, a testament to the amount of shooting they were doing, ran low on ammunition (the other Canadian team eventually resorted to using U.S. Army .50-caliber ammunition as they’d depleted their supply of AMAX Match ammo). Corporal “Ed,” 25, of Manuels, Newfoundland, volunteered to run down into the valley and up the opposite ridge 100 meters away to get more ammo and equipment. With the air thin at 11,500 feet CPL Ed was ready to pass out after his sprint back and forth through enemy fire, but still managed to return fire with his M203 40mm grenade launcher. His rounds must have found their target, some al-Qaeda firing from a nearby streambed.

    “We don’t know what happened. All we know is their firing stopped,” said MCPL Alex. The Canadian snipers also came under heavy mortar fire. MCPL “Warren” said, “They were bracketing us. We’d move and they’d adjust fire. Eventually they either ran out of rounds or they just gave up. I don’t know. You could hear the fins rotating as they came in. It’s a sound I’ll never forget.”

    There are undoubtedly some al-Qaeda who will never forget the sound of a Canadian sniping rifle echoing over the Shah-i-Kot valley, as well.

    Interview With A Sniper
    MCPL Alex, the “shooter” on his three-man team, is back at his unit’s home base in Edmonton, Alberta. He recently talked for three hours with Soldier Of Fortune about his experiences in Afghanistan. For their personal security, SOF has used the nom de guerre as given to the Canadian media for the Canadian snipers.

    Alex, a 10-year veteran, has been a sniper for two years. He went to Croatia in 1993, joined the Canadian Airborne Regiment in 1994, then returned to the Balkans for duty in Bosnia in 1997 and 2000. Trained at the Wainwright sniper course, he was a sniper in Bosnia in 2000. During that tour he and other Canadian snipers completed a British Army sniper course as well.

    Alex and the five other 3 PPCLI snipers deployed to Afghanistan with their unit. After initial duty at Kandahar on observation posts and some work with Northern Alliance troops, both of the three-man 3 PPCLI sniper teams were attached to the 3rd Brigade (Rakkasans), 101st Airborne Division. Alex and his team were with C Co, 2d Bn, 3rd Bde of the 101st (he proudly showed me his Rakkasans challenge coin). Alex was the “shooter,” or No. 1, armed with a McMillan Brothers .50 caliber. Three U.S. Special Forces shooters, known only by their first names, joined them for Operation Anaconda. The solitary shooter armed with a Remington 700 (M24) and backed up by two team members armed with M4 carbines, he also laid down effective fire on long-range targets.

    As soon as the Canadians were attached to the 101st they received a bit of culture shock seeing the wealth of gear and support the U.S. Army receives, in contrast to Canadian Army. They also experienced the U.S. infantryman’s unique Hooah attitude and esprit. From Bagram Airfield they staged with the Rakkasans for Operation Anaconda.

    On 2 March they deployed at first light via CH-47 Chinook. Unlike some other units, they took no ground-fire on the way in. However, 15 minutes after landing on the cold LZ they were in contact, receiving small-arms fire from enemy forces. They moved to a position looking toward the Whale, east of the village of Sherkankel. Alex told SOF, “I said to Joe, one of the SF snipers, ‘shouldn’t we put a gun up here?’ He told us ‘Let these guys, they’re regular infantry, just let them do their thing, if the shit hits the fan, we’ll sort it out.’ Next thing you know it happened, and we started moving to high ground. We were carrying C-8s, Brownings — the Americans had M4s — and I had the .50 on my back in a drag bag. My spotter had a C-7 with M203 grenade launcher and the radio.” Alex and his team set up a firing position and began supporting C Company.

    “We helped them by taking out certain positions so they could carry on with the primary task. Our engagement distances that day were from 777 meters to 1,500 meters.” The U.S. and Canadian teams’ spotters engaged al-Qaeda much closer than that, though. “We took fire from the rear, maybe 10 meters away from us; we looked at each other like ‘What the hell is that!’ and one of the spotters turned around and covered us.” Alex’s team also came under fire from an RPG from the rear. This definitely got their attention. Spotters (both Canadian and American) used their M203 40mm grenade launchers (the Canadian spotters carried 5.56mm C-7A1s with Elcan low-mount optical sights and M203 grenade launchers) to suppress enemy fire from a nearby wood-line. “We had debated taking the M203 with us. We were taking fire from a treeline (to our front) and we couldn’t see where he was and I wasn’t going to waste a shot there. So he (the Canadian team’s No.3) came up and just started pumping-out rounds along with one of the SF guys with a grenade launcher. So I used it to mask the sound of my firing.”

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    *Chief Foreign Correspondent Rob Krott is a former infantry officer,

  76. JOHN says:

    1914,NO USA,1939 NO USA THKS FOR THE HELP ASSHOLES.CANADA DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE US,THKS FOR COMING ABOARD SO FAST……..ASSHOLES

  77. .... says:

    Well now u were just answering the call from the british…im sure the french were real happy fighting for the british! and there was no draft or in canuck language, conscription…ex canadian soldier= weekend warrior who went AWOL…america not known for fighting abilities…wow…i hate fucking canucks, they don’t even have their info straight, so i guess they are mostly fags, and they even support gay marriage…

  78. fook dem canucks eh? says:

    canucks didnt make it to new orleans first, it was fucking walmart…largest disptribution system NE WHERE…USA!! USA!! fuck canada … all they got is the largest country with the least amount of people…and the world ignorance award goes toooo CANADA…and to accept this prize, Charles Charest!!!

  79. .... says:

    here is a website im sure every1 will love! except canadians!

    http://www.negativepositive.org/fuck-canada.html

    have fun reading, great laugh for americans, and just more reasons y canada sucks america’s cock

  80. .... says:

    now for the protectin canada question, do u think that hitting the neighbor of the most powerful country in the world would be a wise choice? i think not, its like hitting the bullies sister, there’s hell to pay

  81. johnny canuck says:

    Well,well it`s hillbilly history time.The above cunt couldn`t even think of a name.How`s BillBob? I like that name.
    Ok Billbob,does it really matter who called? Canada answered as a nation while the us was making money.Canada`s contribution although small compared to the major powers standards, was huge nationally, by population probably the largest voluntary effort of any democracy,67% of your “army” was drafted in ww2,that was the 1939-1945 one.
    You`re stuck on the gay thing,wonder why that is! live and let live,it`s a human rights thing,something the us has always been a little shaky on and since y`all are a gay free country it`s just another issue you don`t have to address.I bet you would rather have another sister in a whore house than admit the usa has gays.
    Now here`s a news flash! Walmart has an urban search and resue team! and silly ole me thinking they just sold patty stackers and indoor/outdoor carpet.We seem to have become the worlds largest country by area,does national geographic know this Billybob or are you keeping it a secret?
    Now then ole Billybob….who in the fuck is the usa protecting Canada from???? Ah yes! the bully.Did you know you said that Billybob?
    Billybob,if your parents got divorced would they still be brother and sister?

  82. johnny canuck says:

    Billybob!………

  83. johnnie canuck says:

    billy fucking bob will you please get back here,i want to talk about the walmart urban search and rescue team,that is so cool.does walmart have soldiers as well?

  84. the canuck says:

    Hey Billybob,did ya hear? university degrees are $20,000 at walmart.

  85. the canuck says:

    Ok Billybob,you probably rushed right on out and joined the `murkin or walmart army.Any other stupid `murkins around?I know all the smart ones are in Canada.There`s a thought,we can start walsmart.

  86. the canuck says:

    BILLYBOB Y`ALL GOT YOUR EARS ON???

  87. the canuck says:

    OK BILLYBOB I`LL ASSUME YOU`RE ON A GOOGLE SEARCH.

  88. the canuck says:

    KK,I`LL HELP YOU,WW1 WAS FROM 1914 TO 18. WW2 1939 TO 45,YOU MAY WANT OT LEAVE OUT KOREA AND VIETNAMN

  89. buyamerican says:

    Hey what up board. This is all new for me. I gotta get comfortable..Soooo why is Billybob so wanted and what has he done? Emm please inform need to know the info.

  90. the canuck says:

    Billbob is unwanted,unloved and unfucking necessary.Billbob should be shot with a ball of his own fucking shit.

  91. buyamerican says:

    You know Canuck I just didn’t get how you felt about billbob do you think you could express yourself anymore? I mean please don’t hold back (sarcasm ends)

  92. the canuck says:

    to: buy `murkin.
    You can get fucked too!you trailer living,pickup driving,grits eating,jerry springer watching,sister fucking,beer like substance drinking,gun toting,wife/sister beating,grandmother abusing,rat faced,toothless redneck.

  93. buyamerican says:

    In Response to Canuck the dumb Fuck

    Listen Canuck you can go fuck yourself..you poutine eatin, back bacon lovin, beer drinkin, beaver humpin, igloo livin, monopoly money spendin, american wanna be.

    to: buy `murkin.
    You can get fucked too!you trailer living,pickup driving,grits eating,jerry springer watching,sister fucking,beer like substance drinking,gun toting,wife/sister beating,grandmother abusing,rat faced,toothless redneck.

  94. Sandy Smith says:

    Wow. Good to know that there’s such a full life in Canada that you have better things to do than comment on a 14-month-old blog post and solidly refute any positive stereotypes about your tolerance, nonviolance, erudition, or sophistication.

  95. the canuck says:

    oh no,a murkin with a fuckin` dictionary

  96. buyamerican says:

    At least she knows how to use a dictionary Canuck. Your still hooked on phonics life must be challenging for you.

  97. the canuck says:

    damn,you made me spill my beer.

  98. buyamerican says:

    It’s ok Canuck we realize your not coordinated enough to type and drink a beer at the same time..we have made allowences for you. Now be a good boy and clean up your mess.

  99. the canuck says:

    yeah,now what do i put on my corn flakes,all outta beer.

  100. buyamerican says:

    Well canuks you can always add your own secret sauce to it

  101. the canuck says:

    THAT was my secret sauce!!!!!!!!!!

  102. buyamerican says:

    Well I was thinking of one that was of a more creamy, sticky consistancy but whatever suits you

  103. buyamerican says:

    What happened Canuck did you fall in your cornflakes.

  104. buyamerican says:

    That’s right Canuk runaway you fuckin igloo living bastard

  105. buyamerican says:

    Where are all the canucks

  106. randomness says:

    This is sad…one love ppl

  107. "Billibob" says:

    wow…so much hate..and u dun even kno me..hm, canucks are just judge way to quickly

    prob why u hate us so damn much huh? and no, its not eh and zed, french fuks

  108. buyamerican says:

    They hate us because they can’t be us

  109. CANUCK says:

    CHECK BACK ON THE POSTS DIPSHIT,YOU STARTED IT WITH CANADA YOU UNGRATEFUL PRICK AND YOU NEVER RESPONDED TO MY POST ABOUT ANYTHING,JUST RANTED AND RAVED LIKE A TRUE BIG MOUTHED FUCKING `MURKIN AND THEN WONDER WHY THE WORLD HATES YOUR FUCKIN` USLESS GUTS………ASSHOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    wow…so much hate..and u dun even kno me..hm, canucks are just judge way to quickly

    prob why u hate us so damn much huh? and no, its not eh and zed, french fuks

  110. .... says:

    I didnt respond to ur responses because that would have been a complete waste of my time, notice i usually never write more than a paragraph

  111. .... says:

    and yes i am an asshole, your point?

  112. .... says:

    damn i gotta stop postin so much, but me raving?? lets see, 15 blogs just about me, and sum one sentence, most more than 1 paragraph, sadly, i wrote 1 to 1 and a half today

  113. .... says:

    now to something other thank canuck who luvs the redneck naming of me, i have to thank buyamerican for defending me, yay, and Sandy Smith, who is the smartest person on this blog, ever. Good vocab and spelling. and a great point!

  114. CANUCK says:

    I NOTICED YOU……..CAN`T.SHOOT YOUR USLESS USA MOUTH OFF,BACK IT UP OR SHUT UP!

    I didnt respond to ur responses because that would have been a complete waste of my time, notice i usually never write more than a paragraph

  115. buyamerican says:

    Thats my job..uh..emm..whatever your name is to defend fellow Americans..

  116. buyamerican says:

    You got a filthy mouth canuck do you kiss others with that? Let me send you a bar of soap so you can rinse the dirtyness away.

  117. TURTLE says:

    YOU cannot defend the indefensible,this plug did not respond to one of my posts,just yapped about some sometnig he knows nothing about.we saved lives in new orleans and he yaps about fuckin` walmart.jesus christ why does the world put up with these assholes.ok,cocksucker , you tell me why you dislike canadians,we were always good to you,too fucking good.rarely write more than fuck all all,you usless tool.ass fuckin` hole

  118. buyamerican says:

    Um fair enough uh Billybob? Can I call you that? Care to respond to Turtles post?

  119. canuck says:

    who is the usa protecting canada from? one more fuckin` time,who???????????.we fought our wars,now fight your own.

  120. buyamerican says:

    Billybob this is the part where you come in and post a rebuttal to canuck..you have 5 minutes..and go….

  121. turtle says:

    he`s out putting fresh flowers in the tractor tires.cocksucker

  122. buyamerican says:

    Psst Billybob..wake up it’s your turn to answer the question..do it for the home team.

  123. turtle says:

    home team`s gone to the dentist for a hair cut.

  124. buyamerican says:

    Oh sounds like someone is batting for the wrong team.

  125. turtle says:

    turtle/canuck same guy billybob,so when you decide to stop your vietnam thing,i`m here,you useless piece of skin.useless cunt.just fuckin` useless.

  126. turtle says:

    unbeknowest to me my fuckin` ass.everything is unbeknownest to `murkins

  127. buyamerican says:

    Hey watch the remarks Turtle or I will turn you on your back and watch you struggle to get back over.

  128. turtle says:

    but ya know,other than old fuck face billybob,life is good.just today in nova scotia i gave wrong direction to a `murkin,hope the cunt speak inuit.

  129. buyamerican says:

    That’s great canuck…im sure the American understood as we are all equipped with an internal compass that gets us from point a to point b

  130. turtle says:

    (A)merica to (B)ritain,all the rest is a mystery.ww2 canadian women drove your aircraft to britain because you couldn`t fuckin` find it!!!!!!!!!!

  131. buyamerican says:

    Wrong it wasn’t that we couldn’t find it its just we felt we were too precious of cargo to pilot a plan and decided we needed chauffers instead..thats where your canadian woman came into play

  132. TURTLE says:

    SORRY YOUR MEN WERE DENUTTED.GOTTA LOVE CANADIAN GIRLS

  133. buyamerican says:

    Nope I don’t gotta love me turtle you will have to love them for me…Denutted? what can I say except sometimes you feel like a nut..sometimes you don’t

  134. buyamerican says:

    I mean I dont gotta love the Canadian woman

  135. TURTLE says:

    POINT PROVEN.

  136. buyamerican says:

    How about you take that point of yours and stick it up the highest point of your ass..turle 😛

  137. TURTLE says:

    ONLY IF`N Y`ALL WATCH.POINT PROVEN AGAIN.

  138. buyamerican says:

    I’ll not only watch i’ll be the one to shove it up there..

  139. TURTLE says:

    AND………AGAIN.

  140. buyamerican says:

    Listen Canuck you need a good ass beating and im just the one to give it to you…

  141. TURTLE says:

    LET IT BEGIN,JUST SO.

  142. Sandy Smith says:

    “unbeknowest to me my fuckin` ass.everything is unbeknownest to `murkins”

    Except how to spell “Unbeknownst.”

  143. TURTLE says:

    HERE`S YOUR “N” FUCK FACE.PICKY,PICKY

  144. TURTLE says:

    TAKING AWAY YOUR “E” THERE THAT SHOULD FIX HER UP.

  145. turtle says:

    Why I get pissed at you useless cock smokers.Nobody likes amateurs.

    For all our talk about a lack of Canadian identity and so on, there is a Canadian way – and no where is it more evident than among our very capable soldiers overseas. I have seen it. An example came on the mountain known as the Whale in eastern Afghanistan. It was March 2002 and Canadian soldiers had launched their first combat offensive operation in 50 years. There were supposed to be between 60 and 80 highly motivated, suicidal al-Qaida fighters waiting for the Canadians on that mountain. The fact is, by the time we got there, they weren’t there. Most had left. There was, however, a single, lonely donkey wandering around the cliffs and hillsides. It had probably humped more mortar rounds for the al-Qaida during the past month than Canadians had fired in decades. But it didn’t matter. The animal posed no threat. There were 600 Canadians on that mountain and 100 American troops. For all we knew at the time, there was an al-Qaida fighter around every corner. It was a highly charged atmosphere, yet the Canadians – as Canadians are wont to do – feared for the donkey’s safety. So they broke open some infra-red glo-sticks and smeared the stuff all over the donkey so he could be seen at all hours. Then they sent him on his way. A little while later, there was a volley of gunfire and the donkey was dead, shredded by hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The Americans had blown him away.

  146. turtle says:

    Violence is not the problem in the U.S.,ignorance is.

  147. turtle says:

    I was in Afghanistan again this past summer and fall. I watched the transition when the Germans handed over their area of operations to the Canadians. I went on some joint patrols with the two forces and, later, I accompanied the Canadians on many patrols both inside and outside Kabul. The German style was very different from the Canadians’. Predictably, they were stiffer; more reserved; less personable. Likewise, the Afghans were a little stand-offish; a little less warm and, I would argue, a little less trusting. It was amazing to watch the change over the four months that I was there. The Canadians have what I call the common touch. They don’t impose themselves or their lifestyles on people. They respect local customs. Under the Canadians, the Afghans opened up. They are a naturally warm, welcoming people, and they began to show that more every day. They grew to like the Canadians and, I would say, trust them. This contrasts with the experiences of some other ISAF forces in other sectors of the city, and certainly with the American experience elsewhere in Afghanistan. And I would suggest this pays off in operations like the recent ones in which Canadian troops and Afghan authorities successfully took down operatives of the HIG terrorist organization with nary a shot fired in anger. (Just as an aside: On one recent operation, where Canadians raided two compounds, the troops didn’t kick in any doors; , the officer commanding the operation knocked. The man they were out to get answered and the OC informed him he was under arrest). I suspect we have not seen the last of operations of this nature involving Canadians in and around Kabul. Like most Canadian operations that I have seen, they are typified by the precise and judicious use of force.

  148. buyamerican says:

    Listen Canuck you need a good ass beating and im just the one to give it to you…

    Posted by: buyamerican | October 30, 2005 12:59 AM

    LET IT BEGIN,JUST SO.

    The ass beating will commence at later time…for now just know its cumming

  149. turtle says:

    great we`ll get that right on fox/bush ” news ” and watch your spelling,you guys have spelling cops apparently.

  150. buyamerican says:

    Fox news? im gonna call fuckin every news channel to cover that do you know how many americans would pay to see me beat your ass they all want a piece of you LOL

  151. turtle says:

    Go ahead,I`ll give ya two hours to gather a crowd.

  152. buyamerican says:

    It will have to wait until the summer then he ass kicking begins

  153. buyamerican says:

    he = the

  154. buyamerican says:

    I’m gonna fuck you up good canuck

  155. TURTLE says:

    Don`t let fear or common sense stop ya.

  156. buyamerican says:

    Neither fear nor common sense shall stand in my way when I cum there. You my dear canuck will bare the burden of my wrath

  157. .... says:

    Oh americans are ignorant, but when we are decent enough to visit your country, give you money, you give us wrong directions…luckily we aren’t stupid enough to go as far north as Nunavut…Too damn cold! Maybe since your balls are so shriveled you can’t feel the temperature change.

  158. .... says:

    and how did you exactly help us? you keep telling me to back up my info, i dont see any links…here is sumthin which all you fucking canucks would luv
    http://www.negativepositive.org/fuck-canada.html
    Here is all the info YOU canucks need, (especially when a person uses multiple idenities to actually have support)for the “back up” info that is needed. ENJOY CANUCKS USA #1 in everything

    canada just fails at life, please jump off the Sears Tower, since the CN Tower has only a restaurant…you might get too tempted to eat sum poutine…top floor on the obersvation deck on the Sears…Damn HAVE FUN!!!

    hopefully, sum “ignorant american” will give you wrong directions, and hopefully you find sum friendly farmers to take you in

  159. .... says:

    http://www.jokaroo.com/extremevideos/policeattackyorkuniversitytoronto.html

    YAY FOR PEACE LOVING CANADA EH!?!?!

    and even better for you canuck/turtle, I BACKED IT UP! aww aren’t you so happy now? YOUR TURN!

  160. turtle says:

    We can start here.

    Bush Thanks Canadians for 9/11 Support, Urges Unity
    By Donna Miles
    American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2004 — President Bush traveled to Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia today to thank Canada’s people for helping America “in an hour of need.”

    He reminded them that the United States and Canada share not only common borders, but also common values and acceptance of their responsibilities in the world.

    Bush praised Canadians for coming to the aid of more than 33,000 airline passengers whose flights were diverted after the United States closed its airspace following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “You opened your homes and your churches to strangers,” he said. “You brought food; you set up clinics; you arranged for calls to their loved ones; and you asked for nothing in return.”

    This immediate outpouring demonstrated the union between the United States and Canada, with their common heritage, common border and common values that transcend centuries, the president said.

  161. turtle says:

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
    Jump to: navigation, search

    A 4-ship task force with “Operation UNISON” departing Halifax Harbour on September 6, 2005 for the U.S. Gulf Coast.Hurricane Katrina

    2005 Atlantic hurricane season

    Timeline
    Economic effects
    Damage to infrastructure
    Political effects
    Criticism of gov’t response
    Social effects
    Effects by region
    Effects on Mississippi
    Effects on New Orleans
    N.O. hurricane preparedness
    Superdome—Astrodome
    Civil disturbances
    Infrastructure repairs
    Disaster relief
    International response
    Canadian response
    Dutch response
    French response
    Mexican response
    Russian response
    Singaporean response
    Swedish response
    Alternative theories
    Historical context

    ——————————————————————————–

    Commons: Katrina images
    Wikinews: Katrina stories
    Wikisource: NOAA warning bulletin
    Wikisource: USACE on “unwatering” N.O.

    On September 2, following discussions between Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Government of Canada announced it was sending a task force comprising three warships—HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Toronto and HMCS Ville de Québec—along with the Coast Guard vessel CCGS Sir William Alexander and three Sea King helicopters and one BO-105 helicopter to the area in a few days. The Canadian Forces also provided several Griffon helicopters and crews to the New England States at the request of the United States Coast Guard whose search and rescue helicopters from that area have been assigned to Gulf Coast SAR operations.

    The U.S. Infantry led by the RCMP outside the Canadian Embassy on September 7 to raise funds for Katrina victims.The task force is organized under the name “Operation UNISON” and involves over 1,000 personnel from the Canadian Forces and Coast Guard who will be directed by their American counterparts during relief operations. A precedent was established with a similar humanitarian aid response by the Government of Canada following Hurricane Andrew when the Auxiliary Oil Replenishment (AOR) ship HMCS Protecteur participated in “Operation TEMPEST”, providing relief supplies and personnel in southern Florida and the Bahamas.

    The ships and aircraft have the capacity to relocate people and deliver a broad range of supplies, including tents, cots, water containers and items as men’s and women’s toiletries, sun screen and insect repellent. The Public Health Agency of Canada has also been in contact with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has offered whatever support may be needed. “We are really prepared to operate on all fronts as requested and as co-ordinated by the United States,” said Prime Minister Paul Martin.

    In an interview on National Public Radio, Canada’s Ambassador to the US said that in addition to the basic desire to help a neighbor in need, many Canadians also remember the ancestors of Louisiana’s Cajuns were expelled from what would become Canada by the British in the 18th century, which he felt gives an extra historical dimension to Canadians’ desire to help the people of Lousiana today.

    See: Great Expulsion
    The Canadian Red Cross has launched an appeal for donations and is providing aid; 37 Canadian Red Cross personnel have been transported by Canadian military aircraft to assist with efforts in Houston, Texas. The Government of Nova Scotia has donated $100,000 towards the Red Cross effort. Other provinces have expressed interest in providing temporary housing to those left homeless.

    Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue arrived in Lafayette, Louisiana on the evening of August 31, 2005, on a WestJet Airlines aircraft. Due to security they started their mission on September 3, saving 30 people that day. They returned to Vancouver on September 6th, reportedly saving over 110 people during their deployment.

    Ontario Hydro, Hydro-Québec, and Manitoba Hydro, along with other electricial utilities, prepared crews to be sent to the affected areas. Canada also increased oil exports as requested by the IEA to help stabilize the world market in the wake of the crisis.On September 2 Air Canada participated along with U.S. member airlines of the Air Transport Association, in a voluntary airline industry initiative to support rescue and relief operations. Air Canada was the first foreign carrier to land in New Orleans delivering water and supplies and lifting victims to safety.

    On September 4, following a request from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Government of Canada announced it was prepared to send thousands of beds, blankets, surgical gloves and dressings and other medical supplies. The Government of Canada announced it would also send 35 divers to help with the rescue effort. One of the divers’ tasks will be to inspect levees.

    On September 5, 35 military divers were poised to depart by air Sunday from Halifax and Esquimalt, B.C., for the New Orleans area. Their chief tasks will be to help their U.S. counterparts clear navigational hazards like loose barges and inspect flood-damaged levees.The 18-member Pacific Fleet Diving Unit based at Esquimalt flew to Pensacola, Fl.

    On September 6 the Operation UNISON task force of navy and coast guard ships departed Halifax Harbour for the U.S. Gulf Coast. Some residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island were offering shelter to the homeless survivors of hurricane Katrina. Ann McLellan, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that her department was discussing with the U.S. National Security Advisor the possibility of Canadians billeting American storm evacuees. She also said that the American Red Cross has asked Canadian Red Cross chapters in Quebec for cots for refugees staying at U.S. evacuation centres and that other services had been requested from chapters in Ontario. Universities across Canada have also offered to take in university students from New Orleans whose studies have been interrupted.

    On September 7, the Canadian Embassy started a Hurricane Katrina fund to support victims in the Gulf region. Frank McKenna, Canadian ambassador to the U.S., told Americans “you are our friends and together we are family – you do not suffer alone.”

    On September 8 the Government of Alberta announced that it was donating $5 million to the Hurricane Katrina fund administered by former presidents Bush and Clinton.

    On September 19 it was announced that the three warships from the Operation UNISON task force would be returning to Halifax, leaving the coast guard ship to continue its mission of clearing navigation hazards and repairing buoys.

  162. turtle says:

    The mission to extract the six Americans from Tehran came to be known as the “Canadian Caper.” Laingen said, “January 29 [1980] saw the safe departure of the six Americans, each with Canadian passports, forged Iranian visas, and the best Canadian accents they could muster.”

    Antonio J. Mendez, a former CIA officer who was part of the undercover rescue team, explained the details of the cover story used for the mission. Creating a credible cover was essential in addition to securing passports from a country whose citizens the American “houseguests” could credibly represent. The group of six would exit Tehran as a scouting crew working for a fictitious Hollywood production company, “Studio 6.” They boarded a Swissair flight at Tehran’s international airport, with forged Iranian immigration slips in their Canadian passports, and returned home to a hero’s welcome.

    Bill Berkeley, former reporter and editorial writer for the New York Times, described the U.S. media’s enthusiastic coverage of the “Canadian Caper.” The American public was ecstatic and grateful to Canada once the story of the rescue was aired. In contrast, the Iranian press at the time reacted with threats and promises of revenge. Berkeley went on to detail the lives of some of the hostage-takers, some of whose later activities as reformist politicians and journalists belie their activities during the revolution.

    Reflecting on that time, Laingen said, “Canada had demonstrated for all Americans to see the quality of a true and good neighbor…In the ministry our spirits had never been higher with the news that all concerned were safely out of Iran…In a crunch, [Canadians] are our closest and most reliable friends, and we should not forget that.”

  163. turtle says:

    There is another topical example of this blissful ignorance. A few weeks ago everyone was rivetted to the daring rescue of an ailing American doctor in Antarctica. It received headlines and coverage everywhere in the U.S. media. But you may not be aware of the story behind the story.

    The plane that rescued the doctor, a twin otter, was Canadian designed and manufactured. It was based with a company in Calgary, Alberta, which had developed special technology for this type of flying: the pilots were Canadian, and they succeeded where others had failed.

  164. turtle says:

    indeed

  165. TURTLE says:

    TO ADMIN: WHY ARE YOU DELETING POSTS?

  166. Sandy Smith says:

    For whatever reason I damn well feel like. This is decidedly not a democracy, but a benevolent dictatorship. I reserve the right to delete posts because they are meaningless machine-generated spam, because they’re too crude even for me, because they’re sufficiently off-topic, or because I just got my knickers in a twist.

  167. TURTLE says:

    SANDY OLD TOP,STOP IT!

  168. TURTLE says:

    …………AND WHAT`S A KNICKER?

  169. turtle says:

    ok sany,manipulation of the media is a usa specialty,you guys would have made the nazi`s blush.

  170. turle says:

    oops,a fore the spelling cops show up,here`s your d

  171. Sandy Smith says:

    Yeah, fortunately I can always move to Canada and open up a radio station playing nothing but British and Japanese hits.

    Oh, wait, that’s right, I can’t because of Canadian content laws. I can see how newfies get pretty bored in the dark up there listening to the Aldo Nova retrospective, eh?

    So, the CBC stop oppressing its labor unions yet?

  172. turle says:

    related to someone from fox news are ya.sandy,get out,read,experience the world

  173. turle says:

    ah,sandy….fox “news” mmmmmmmmmm

  174. turtle says:

    and if i want your opinion,i`ll ask bush.

  175. turtle says:

    sandy! our `murkin quota is full.

  176. turle says:

    wait a minute,japanese hits? name one.

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