Canadians may have a reputation for being polite but I always thot that included a good dose of mythology. I have noticed some not-so-polite things done by Canadians.
Two stories caught my attention that might shed light on the subject.
A while back there was a short public debate on whether our national symbol should be changed from a homely beaver to a stunning polar bear. Of course I jumped in with both paws in support of the obvious choice. I was stunned to find fellow bloggers and friends siding with the toothy tree cutter. Many other Canadians shared that view and the issue quietly slid away like a beaver in water.
Looking back on the discussion, I may have missed a critical part of what people were saying. When they claimed to support the industrious nature of the beaver and other honourable characteristics, it may have been because they were shying away from the symbolism of a ferocious and powerful predator – even if cubs look cute on a Christmas card. In short, they were being polite.
More recently, Canadian Geographic noted that Canada didn’t have an official bird. They graciously offered their website for people to make their case for various birds and vote. The results will be forwarded to the Canadian government. Great idea.
The odd thing was that when you went to vote, they asked for some identifying information including whether you lived in Canada or United States. Well that tickled my funny bone! What other country in the world would ask their neighbour’s opinion on their national bird? Hilarious!
Maybe Canadians really are polite!
In keeping with the spirit of this post, I have politely offered two candidates for Canada’s official bird – snowy owl and common loon. What do you suggest? Of course it doesn’t matter where you live!