Top blog posting: ARE CANADIANS AS PATRIOTIC AS AMERICANS?

Revisiting the top 50 blog postings, here is no. 49. Still being visited with a new comment only last week.

ARE CANADIANS AS PATRIOTIC AS AMERICANS?

A new survey shows different levels of patriotism among Canadian age groups.  About  60 per cent of younger Canadians (18 to 24) said they were patriotic while 91 per cent of older Canadians (65 to 74) described themselves as patriotic.   Quebec results were unusual.  Only 42 per cent of Quebeckers said they felt patriotic about Canada and only 14 per cent expressed a strong sense of pride in the nation.

Does this poll suggest we lack the pride in country that is usually expressed by Americans?  Our neigbours to the south wrap themselves in the  Stars and Stripes and bray that they live in the greatest country in the world.  Does this boasting (seometimes offensive) make them any more patriotic than Canadians?

What do you think?

Posted by Neil McKenty on January 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm
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10 Comments »

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    Janus Says:

    I think Canadians are just as patriotic as Americans. I just don’t think they’re as blatantly jingoistic and chauvinistic.

    Posted on January 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm e
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    littlepatti Says:

    I think that most Canadians are enormously grateful to be living in this wonderful country, and like most things in life, our appreciation grows as we get older and our eyes are opened to other realities in the world. We complain about everything (that’s a right), but we have Medicare, Pensions, Medical coverage, Daycare and a reasonable school and welfare system. We don’t like paying for it (taxes), but we know, down deep that WE are Canadians. We think it, say it, and know it, but we don’t shout it. It’s a practical approach…we don’t want everybody to come here! :-)

    Posted on January 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm e
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    Barbara Says:

    I have heard Canadians “bray” about how great their country is. They often do it in a cockeyed way by denigrating their neighbours to the South.

    The folks in the USA do have an unrealistically grandiose self-image. All their lives they are fed that myth that they are that shining city on a hill, that it is a place where opportunity abounds. It is reinforced by the waves of immigrants who come to their shores and succeed in bettering their lives. It has its root in its Puritan history that interprets material success as a sign of Divine favour.

    If Canada had more next door neighbours, it might ease up on defining itself in terms of the one it has.

    Posted on January 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm e
  4. 4
    Cornelius T.Zen Says:

    Good morrow, all!
    One thing to remember: in WWII, when American troops marched triumphantly through liberated French villages, a good number of the onlookers were Canadian troops, exhausted from going nose-to-nose with Der Panzers and making them run away. We got the hard slogging scutwork; the Yanks got the glory. They got the hat; we got the cattle.
    Canada rocks, and don’t you forget it! – CTZen

    Posted on January 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm e
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    HeidiGulatee Says:

    Often when Americans travel they put a maple lef on their knapsac. That is how they view Canada.
    I do think Canadians also are proud of their country in their own more quiet way.

    Posted on January 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm e
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    littlepatti Says:

    While visiting Amsterdam, we were shocked that people there were still taught that the Canadians fought and died for their liberation. We met teenagers on a train who wanted to talk to us about the war, and we went to “the bridge” by taxi, where the driver shut off the meter and told us to take as long as we wanted at the cemetery there. He knew the only people who asked to go there are families of those that fought their way into Holland. All these years later we were sincerely thanked for our parents service. We are very proud to be Canadians, well respected around the world.

    Posted on January 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm e
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    Willhelm Says:

    I’m a Swiss person and one of the things I noticed about Canada was how proud and patriot everyone was. The flag is seen almost everywhere and even on some cars. It’s not so common in Europe to see this. I was in Toronto for studying English and when a Canadian troops were returned from Afghan all the Canadians stood at the side of the streets, put the hands over the heart to salute the soldiers. Everyone had a flag and was singing the national song, and cheering for the troops. I’ve been in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan and the people seems to be not so “showy” about these things. I would say that definitely Canadians are one of the most patriot countries I have been in. USA is also very patriot for me.

    Posted on March 28, 2010 at 9:02 am e
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    neilmckentyweblog2 Says:

    Willhelm,

    Thanks you for your welcome comments on the patriotism of Canadians. Often we are viewed as somewhat reserved. I do hope you have a good time in Canada.

    Posted on March 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm e
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    I AM CANADIAN Says:

    FOR THOSE CANADIANS THAT ARE NOT GRATEFUL WELL YOU ALL KNOW WHAT TO DO,GET THE F… OUT.BECAUSE CANADA IS ONE OF THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD IN FACT,WE ARE NUMBER 6 IN THE WORLD FOR QUALITY OF LIFE IN 2011 AND ALSO WE HAVE THE BEST REPUTATION IN THE WORLD,YEAH NUMBER 1.

    Posted on January 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm e
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    AJ Says:

    Of course! I’m a very patriotic American. We have so much pride because of our history, culture, and achievements. Personally and honestly, I don’t really see any patriotism whatsoever up north. :(

    Posted on October 18, 2012

2 Comments »

  1. 1
    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    Catherine, thank you for bringing up old themes. It seems as if Neil were still around. I am sure he is your gardien angel.

  2. 2
    Reid Floyd Says:

    The less money you make, the less likely you are to primarily identify yourself as a Canadian. Those who make less than $20,000 are far more likely to identify themselves by their city first than their richer counterparts — with 23% of low-income Canadians choosing their locality versus just 7% of wealthier Canadians who make more than $100,000. Atlantic Canadians, whose families have the lowest median incomes, were second only to Quebec in being least likely to put Canada first.


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