Molson Canadian has been well known over the years for their extremely popular ad campaigns and parodies. Who could forget the “I Am Canadian” rant that hit television airwaves in the early 2000’s?!
“Hey, I’m not a lumber jack
Or a fur trader
And I dont live in an igloo
Or eat blubber
Or own a dog sled
And I don’t know
Jimmy, Jally or Suzie from Canada
Although I’m sure they’re really really nice
I have a Prime Minister not a President
I speak English and French not American
And I pronounce it about not “a-boot”
I can proudly sew my country’s flag on my backpack I believe in peackeeping not policing
Diversity not assimilation
And that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal
A toque is a hat a chesterfield is a couch
And it is prnouced “zed” not “zee” “zed”!
Canada is the 2nd largest landmass!
The 1st nation in hockey!
And the best part of North America!
My name is Joe and I am Canadian!” – Molson Canadian
This rant will continue to be one of my favorites. It touches on the perceptions and myths of Canada. Who knew that, that thing I live in and call home isn’t an igloo?! AND… What do you mean when I go aboot telling people a story I don’t need to end it with eh… eh?!
Top 5 Myths About Canada
1. Canadians are Obsessed with Hockey. According to Statistics Canada, just 11 percent of boys and girls age five to 14 in our country play hockey as a regular activity—that’s fewer than swimming (12 percent) and far less than soccer (20 per cent). Among Canadian adults, the most popular sporting activity is golf, which first bumped hockey out of the top spot in 1998.
2. Canada is a Beacon of Tolerance.
3. Canadian Healthcare System is a National Treasure. A 2010 report by the Health Council of Canada noted that 52 per cent of Canadians believe “fundamental changes” are required to make our health-care system work better; ten per cent want it completely rebuilt. In a 2010 survey for the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), close to 40 per cent of respondents gave low or failing marks when asked to grade access to the following: family doctors, emergency-room services, modern diagnostic equipment and medical specialists. In addition, 75 per cent believed the quality of health care will deteriorate as a result of strain on the system as the population ages.
4. Canadians are more informed than Americans. Canadians often accuse Americans of being ignorant, especially about our country. But when it comes to Canadian history, it turns out we’re not particularly well-informed, either. In 2009 the Dominion Institute (now the Historica-Dominion Institute, an independent body dedicated to promoting a greater knowledge of Canadian heritage) asked Canadians to identify ten famous figures in photographs. Only 41 per cent of Canadians could identify Sir John A. Macdonald (our first prime minister), and just 19 per cent recognized Tommy Douglas (the “father of Medicare”). About one quarter of Canadians couldn’t name Pierre Trudeau or Wayne Gretzky. In another Dominion Institute survey, 47 per cent of Canadians did not know the first line of the national anthem and 39 per cent couldn’t identify the year of Confederation (1867).
5. Canadians Don’t Care for Guns. In a 2007 international Small Arms Survey conducted by a Geneva-based research institute, the United States topped the list for civilian gun ownership (non-police and non-military), with 88.8 guns for every 100 citizens. Canadians, in contrast, own 30.8 guns per 100 citizens.
But Canada actually ranked 13th out of the 178 nations surveyed. Per capita, according to the survey, we have double the estimated gun ownership rate of Australia and Mexico, and five times the rate of England.
Canadians have a “long-held belief” about the right to own and use firearms for hunting, target practice and defence, says Sheldon Clare, president of the Edmonton-based National Firearms Association (NFA). “Canadian gun cultures are well entrenched,” he adds. Though our gun laws are stricter than those in the States, Clare suggests that Canadian gun owners have a high level of distrust of firearms bureaucracy. “This distrust,” he says, “has led to widespread non-compliance with Canadian firearm laws by average Canadian and represents a fundamental change in the myth of Canadians as being those who embrace peace, order and good government.”