how to avoid offending a canadian

how to avoid offending a canadian

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hattiesburg american

Shreveport, LA

#1 Dec 1, 2009
there are cartain things you must not do or say to offend canadians. the worst thing a non-canadian could do is mistake a canadian for an american. this is a cardinal sin to most canadians. it's like calling your girlfriend by another girl's name. canadians tend to get very upset when mistaken for americans and point out indignantly that they are canadians, not americans. a canadian lamented in an internet forum that the adjective canadian had become a yawn and how canada has no national idenitity. canadians also have a huge inferiority complex when it comes to the united states. while canadians will bring up canada's allegedy superior healthcare system or canada's supposedly lower crime, these all are ruses. every canadian whether subconsiously or not feels inferior to americans. in order to avoid offending canadians you must avoid ointing out these facts.

Vancouver, Canada

#2 Aug 21, 2012
You have to watch a match between Canada and USA, it can be any sports like hockey or soccer, to realize the competitive rivalry and if you are Indian you realize that its similar to what happens when there is a game between India and Pakistan whether its hockey or cricket. Canadians get emotional about USA.

Sometimes you are at some event and the spirits are running high on how the Canadians are superior in this and that but then suddenly organizer overhears some of that along with the presence of some nervous guests from the south and announces the free coffee and snacks are sponsored by some group in the USA.

Toronto, Canada

#3 Aug 21, 2012
7:15 pm, Tuesday, August 21, 2012:
RE: How to avoid offending a Canadian
..... Live in Toronto; in Toronto there are many kinds of Canadians. Hyphenated Canadians in Toronto could have come from very many countries originally. And they are friends, not offended! An example for others to emulate, a model for many other places!

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