Make no mistake. Canada is not a bilingual country. In fact it is less bilingual today than it has ever been.
The world is now unipolar and contains only one superpower. Canada shares a continent with that superpower.
One of the cool, chaste countries - Canada or Sweden.
The whole history of the Canadian north can be divided into two periods - before and after the aeroplane.
If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.
The Canadian spirit is cautious, observant and critical where the American is assertive.
The Canadian dialect of English . . . seems roughly to be the result of applying British syntax to an American vocabulary.
Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.
Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad.
Canada is a country so square that even the female impersonators are women.
Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain.
Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world.
Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.
Canada's national bird is the grouse.
Canadian nationalism is a subtle, easily misunderstood but powerful reality, expressed in a way that is not to state directed - something like a beer commercial or the death of a significant Canadian figure.
Canadians are generally indistinguishable from Americans, and the surest way of telling the two apart is to make the observation to a Canadian.
Canadians don't have a very big political lever, we're nice guys.
Canadians have been so busy explaining to the Americans that we aren't British, and to the British that we aren't Americans that we haven't had time to become Canadians.
Canadians were the first anti-Americans, and the best. Canadian anti-Americanism, just as the country's French-English duality, has for two centuries been the central buttress of our national identity.
For many years Canada has held an obscure place among the countries of the globe. Our borders have been pictured as the abode of perpetual snows, and our people as indifferent, easy-going, indolent. But change is taking place.
The Canadian is not an American - at least, not entirely, not yet.
In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.
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