Imagine if you were in a relationship with a successful doctor (those of you actually in a relationship with a doctor don’t have to imagine). She has a steady job with a great income that allows her to support her family, and she’s there to give you medical assistance whenever you need it for free. But that’s not why you’re together. If she didn’t have the certain kind of charm, you wouldn’t have stayed together.
That’s Canada. She’ll have free healthcare, a great education system, reasonable living rates and a high employment rate. All these are great “on paper” qualities. These are probably the reasons you started considering moving to Canada. But while these are all great things to have where you live, they don’t tell you about the true spirit of Canada. The real reason we love Canada – and probably your reason for loving it as well – is its very special charm. Its openness and acceptance of neighbors and foreigners is by now renowned. It’s the real reason so many people are drawn to the notion of immigrating to Canada.
Whether it’s the petunias marking the border between America and Canada in Vermont, or the citizens of Canada rallying in a demand to sponsor as many possible refugees during the refugee crisis of 2016, or the random acts of kindness we hear about all over the country – Canada is one of the few places in the world where good news is generated daily, and one of the few last beacons of diversity and tolerance.
Canada: A family of raccoons tries to get on a pink bus
Photo by Flynn O’Connor
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America Loves Canada Too…
By comparison to the political situation in the rest of the world, you could say Canada and America have always been great neighbors. Border or not – the relationship was always at worst very respectful, at best warm and friendly. Trump’s recent activity, however, has lead even tolerant Canada to keep its proverbial distance (after all, it’s not as if it can keep a physical distance…).
With this relatively extreme shift in relations, Canadians have started canceling their US vacations and boycotting US products. Guides such as this oneare spreading among the population. This is not a wide-spread phenomena, but rather a small group of people for now. It is not cause for alarm at the moment, but it’s a new symptom, emblematic of a degrading relationship.
At such a time of quick tempers and burning bridges, some Americans know the value of Canadians as neighbors and as friends. These Americans wrote hundreds of letters to the Globe and mail to strengthen the waning relationship. So today we decided to utilize this amazing resource to show you just how loved Canada is – through the eyes of its neighbor America. Here are just a few of the published letters from Americans to Canada:
Elizabeth Sobota from Chagrin Falls, Ohio
I feel compelled to write this letter to you this morning. Too often we take our neighbours for granted, and I want to take the time to let you know just how much I appreciate you.
I want to apologize for the behaviour of my President. I am embarrassed by him. This is way beyond politics. His behaviour, words, and actions in so many circumstances are unforgivable, and his recent attacks on you are misguided.
Much like my cat, who wanders into your yard to do his business, or a dog who shatters the peaceful quiet of a Sunday morning with his incessant barking, my President has pushed you to the limit, yet you remain polite, reserved and calm in your response. You deserve better.
Now I understand that “grab them by…” comment
Neighbour, our history goes way back. I have vacationed in Canada for 53 of my 56 summers. My extended family has enjoyed the pristine waters of Lake Temagami in Northern Ontario for more than 100 years. I have explored so much of your beautiful country and never once encountered anyone who was not kind and helpful. Okay, maybe once in Quebec, the waitress pretended she didn’t understand my high school French.
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said, “We have to believe that at some point common sense will prevail.” I am waiting for that point as well. I appreciate your patience while I get this messy time in my life figured out and get back on track. I’ll get the overgrown bushes trimmed back, the broken-down car towed from the driveway, and remove the couch from the front yard. I promise.
Thank you for being such a great neighbour.
Prudence York and Robert Goodfellow from Marietta, N.Y:
In behalf of our thoughtful fellow countrymen, my wife and I wish to extend our sincere apologies for the childish behaviour of our current President.
Be patient many of us are working to remove Donald Trump and restore our democracy.
We thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for standing strong for Canadians and the world.
Jeffrey Sokolow from Atlanta, Georgia:
On behalf of millions of Americans, I would like to apologize to the wonderful people of Canada for the boorish and insulting behavior of our President, who seems intent on destroying the Western alliance, on whose behalf we can but wonder, while admiring only tyrants and dictators. We wish we had a leader as gracious and good-hearted as your Prime Minister. We are with you.
Dee Baer from Wilmington, Delaware:
Many U.S. citizens and residents are beyond embarrassment at the actions and petty words of Donald Trump. That he, an ignorant entertainer, has chosen to attack Justin Trudeau and your country, our great friend, is appalling to millions of us, though for him, just another headline of the day showing – he believes – that he is the boss. My apologies to you all. Please continue to consider a majority of Americans your friends. I still believe we will get through this, but my hopes dim daily.
Barbara Barran from Brooklyn, N.Y:
As an American, I am so deeply ashamed of Donald Trump’s behavior and his ad-hominem attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This boor does not represent a majority of US citizens. My hope – perhaps in vain -is that the Republican leaders will repudiate both the man and his message.
Canada is fortunate to have such an intelligent, poised leader. I long for the day when the U.S. will be led by such a person.
John F. Christensen from Corbett, Oregon:
President Donald Trump’s recent behaviour at the G7 meeting, alienating our traditional U.S. allies and specifically insulting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the most infantile manner, is a betrayal to U.S. citizens who have long enjoyed warm relationships with our Canadian friends across the border. Don’t worry, Canada! When we get our political levers in alignment, we will consign Mr. Trump to the dust bin of history, where he belongs.
Simulation by Donald Grump
David Underwood from Citrus Heights, California:
As an American citizen, I am embarrassed by the behaviour of our President. All the times I have been to Canada, I have been treated with the utmost courtesy. The behaviour of our President cannot be excused on any terms. It would not surprise me if Canada recalled it Ambassador to Washington.
No matter your political orientation, insulting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was despicable, it has no place in the two countries’ relations. It is an example of a man who has destroyed our State Department, among other institutions. A recent column in the New York Times labels him Il Duce Trump. it is to be hoped that we will retake our Congress in November and put a stop to such folly.
My apologies for what it is worth.
Roger Brooks from Saint Paul, Minnesota:
What can we possibly say? We have a U.S. “leader” who is taking us down an unfamiliar and reprehensible road. You’re not alone, Canada; he’s wrecking the U.S., too. All we can say to you, our Canadian cousins, is do what you have to do, but cut us some slack. Eventually, we’ll get back to our normal rock-solid friendship.
John MacKay from Nederland, Colorado:
Come on, you know we love you! And we don’t think for a minute that you burned down our White House. The problem is our crazy Grandpa Donny got hold of the keys to the place (we’re not sure how, but we think his punk friend Vlad was involved.) He’s going nuts in there – pounding on his keyboard, shouting at the TV, measuring his “crowd size” and grabbing everyone he can by their privates.
We’ll get him out of there just as soon as we can, but it might take a while – he’s brought some of his friends with him. For now, hang in there, try to ignore him, and do not make direct eye contact! We’ll get through this, and remember, we love you, bros!
The United States
Don’t mind him, America still loves you
Greg Fraser from Taylorsville, Utah:
As a U.S. citizen, I would like to apologize to the Canadian people for the extremely boorish behaviour of President Donald Trump. Please believe that neither he nor his rhetoric represents the opinion and feelings of the majority of the United States of America’s citizens. Canada has always been a good friend and neighbour of the United States. One uninformed, ignorant and classless individual should not be allowed to destroy that. He is a one-term or less president.
Tom DiPasqua from Scarborough, Maine:
On behalf of all intelligent Americans, l wish to apologize for our President’s comments. He does not reflect the opinion of most Americans. l do not have to remind anyone that Barack Obama’s first foreign trip upon being elected president was to Canada. This presidency shall pass, and in a few years President Trump will be confined to the dustbin of history. Hopefully the best days of Canadian-American relations are still to come.
Norman Cohen from Potomac, Maryland:
To all our friends in Canada and on behalf of all of us in America who do not support Donald Trump, I wish to apologize for the comments and antics of that guy in the White House regarding Canada. But be patient, all will return to normal in the post-Trump years, and that can’t happen soon enough for millions of us south of the border.
On behalf of the tens of millions of Americans who did not forfeit their common sense and vote for Donald Trump, I would like to apologize to the Canadian people for our President’s boorish, juvenile behaviour. He is an embarrassment to our country, and an insult to thinking people everywhere.
Canada and the United States have enjoyed a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship for centuries. We hope you do not allow one man’s absurd, insensitive outbursts to destroy our reciprocally supportive history.
If nothing else, we can all cling to the fact that his time in office is limited. Let us look forward to a return to sense and civility, and for the present do our best to ignore the rantings emanating from the Oval Office.
These letters are only the tip of the iceberg of Americans expressing their shame and regret and begging Canadians to stay patient and out-wait the controversial American president.
There are many ways to measure a country’s spirit and personality. Many say Canada’s measure is in the amount of people trying to immigrate there. But another way to measure a country is by the way its neighbors will rally by its side in difficult times.
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