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Chin up, Canada!

New York Times writer reminds Canadians they have a lot more than the Olympics going for them


 

We’re nearly a week into the Vancouver Games and, well, the reviews aren’t exactly glowing. Between the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvli, the unusually-warm weather that’s caused snow shortages, and the fencing-in of the Olympic torch, the Games’ critics have had plenty of fodder. But the New York Times’s Timothy Egan says Canada should quit taking it all so personally. “Why the lack of self-esteem?,” Egan asks. “Canada — snap out of it! You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well. No need for an apology.” Never mind the awesome beauty of the B.C. landscape, the rest of Canada has a lot going for it, too. “If Canada were the 51st state, they would be on the American medals podium nightly,” Egan writes. “Their murder rate is just a third that of the United States. They have universal health care, and while the system prompts much grumbling, it works for most people — without the death panel quality of America’s heartless private insurers.” So cheer up, Canadians: life is good, with or without the Olympics.

The Opinionator (New York Times)


 
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  1. Thanks Tim.

    Your cheque is in the mail….

  2. Typical Canadian insecurities – maybe we really don't deserve to be a country. People – wake up – the games are going fine – yes there are some problems. But that happens when there are thousands of people converging on a very small area. The weather is problematic, but it always has been and the organizers knew that when they bid on the Games. There are very few places that can hold the games given the number of people, the number and scope of venues, etc. etc. As for the death of the luger – very sad, and not to blame the victim but he seemed to be a very young and inexperienced individual – maybe countries need to do a bit more screening rather than just send anyone to have a presence at the games. That said, I don't know why those pillars were not wrapped in something – bubblepack is a pretty cheap solution.

    • Nodar was traveling so quickly at the point of impact that it wouldn't have mattered what that pillar was wrapped in…

  3. The article and the comments that follow it, make for a very good read. A Florida resident got the greatest recommendation (391) with her comment:
    "Please, Tim, don't try to take away the Canadians' modesty. The last thing the world needs is another country — like ours — that imposes itself on others by dint of brash, self-righteous, chavanistic exceptionalism. Canadians are Americans, too, but they're a better kind. They manage their healthcare, they have a generous welfare system (yes, welfare!), they regulate their banks, and they teach their children to speak more than one language. And not to shoot each other.

    So beneath the snowy mantle cold & clean, I'll raise a pint of Molson & toast the evening's "Beaver Hours."

    O Canada! If we, your neighbors to the South, could only adopt your grace and humility!"

    • From my family to yours ,,Thankyou, I suppose thats why they Say we are the most Desireable Country in the world to come to…A Molson to you and yours…and ''Happy Beaver hour!! ''

    • Visit Saskatoon, Lady.

      • I know, I know Darden. "Life ain't perfect".
        Have a look at this video. Hope it cheers you up a bit and doesn't make you feel worse.

        Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans

        A pre-recorded short film that aired on NBC prior to the Opening Ceremonies
        of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
        on Feb. 14th, 2010.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYoTJItSPt0

        (don't forget to expand the screen…it's worth it)

      • I know, I know Darden. "Life ain't perfect".
        Have a look at this video. Hope it cheers you up a bit and doesn't make you feel worse.

        Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans

        A pre-recorded short film that aired on NBC prior to the Opening Ceremonies
        of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
        on Feb. 14th, 2010.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYoTJItSPt0

        (don't forget to expand the screen…it's worth it)

  4. I agree wholeheartedly, and I am ashamed that this needed to come from a citizen of another country. Wake up Canada – we are great and we should be proud.

  5. in Vancouver Canadians are getting quite loud and brash ..somewhat American like or shall we say a little Australian

  6. If there was ever any doubt that the Canadian people suffer from extreme insecurity issues these Olympic games should be all the proof needed to show that we have a huge need to be acknowledged. This little shindig will cost the BC and Canadian taxpayers billions of dollars and nobody seems to care because finally it is CANADA that has the eyes of the world focused on ourselves. Granted, it will be only a couple of weeks and after that our only claim to fame will be dirty tarsand oil again but by all means lets go further into debt and throw our hat into the Taxpayer games. What we will spend on security alone would cover the Haitian national debt but who cares, look at us were Canadian and we win stuff.

    • I'm stunned that anyone could honestly believe our only claim to fame is "dirty tarsand oil"

  7. Canada is not to blame if it has a successful history, political system, social order, economy and health service.

    All this sniping at Canada by less successful nations tells us a lot about hem rather than about Canada.

    Some Americans loathe Canada for no better reason that it is embarrassingly on their border with a good example.

    • "…not to blame…"? Is Canadian success an accident? Canadian statesmen and citizens had nothing to do with Canada's successful history, political system, social order, economy, and health service?

      OK, if you say so.

  8. sorry for the typos

    • Look how Young a country Canada is….I am damn proud of us for how far we have progressed in such a relatively short period of time " Oh Canada ………….!!! " (sorry for bragging,,that wasnt very Canadian of me was it ? )

  9. COngrats canada! we rock

  10. Hi. I appreciate the chin up article but I dont need it.I am very content to live in this country of Canada.Sure there have been some problems at the olympics.Of course. Nobody can control the weather.And,where havent there been some problems at the olympics.I'm enjoying them staying at home and watching on TV in comfort I can turn the channels to watch the curling and hockey which are my favorites.Anyone else can do the same. I lived in New Zealand for 2&1/2 years, a lovely country,but of course,not perfect..My one dissatisfaction about the olympics was our logo "Own the Podium".I feel it smacked of arrogance which we are not supposed to be.Better would be "Go For The Podium"…Don Bater,Rouleau,Sask.