Canada and the United States have always been two close neighbors. Canadians travel to the US often to buy cheaper food and other products, and many Americans admire Canada's superior natural beauty and also its overwhelmingly kind and generous people. While on the surface, it looks like the two countries absolutely adore each other, looks can be deceiving, and there is actually much more to the relationship. It's complicated. It's confusing. Sometimes it's a positive relationship, other times there's open hostility between our two governments and even the two peoples.
Let us talk about the government first. Both countries elect governments to represent the interests of the people. In Ottawa, the Canadian Capital, the Conservative government has depicted itself as a willing partner to the US. Yes, sometimes our government does poke at the US, such as when the Prime Minister chose to extend an invitation to China for Canadian oil. Canada has plenty of oil and it looks as if the American administration is close to denying approval to the Keystone XL pipeline.
But make no mistake, Canada is America's lapdog. We do whatever the American administration asks of us. Send planes to Libya? We did that. We're sending jets to fight ISIS now too. The ISIS terrorist organization is not a threat to Canada. Correction: It WAS not a threat to Canada until we stuck our nose into the affairs of the Middle-East. We followed America into battle like an overenthusiastic dog. Canada is spending millions of dollars on a military campaign that is not in the best interests of Canadian citizens.
The American government has done very little to recognize Canada's many contributions to the world. Canada's government hosted talks for the Americans to normalize relations with Cuba, a country Canadians love to visit. What does Barack Obama do? He spends ten seconds thanking Canada and then talks for two minutes about how wonderful the Pope is for WRITING LETTERS. Canada did much more than His Holiness in bringing the two nations together and what Canada's good government gets is a dismissive and half-hearted thank-you. THEN Barack Obama has the nerve to point out that the Keystone XL pipeline will not benefit America. He goes on to insult Canada several times. I was personally ready to throw a brick at my television as Barack Obama kept talking about how we were trying to take advantage of the United States. The Americans should realize that the Canadian government will always be an ally to the US, but they need to treat us with more respect before we continue appeasing the Obama Administration.
Now lets talk about the people. Canadian citizens have always been friendly to the people of the United States. Canadians welcome American citizens with open arms, as we should. UNFORTUNATELY, the Americans don't feel the same way about Canadians. For example. people in the City of Bellingham Washington are complaining that Canadians are buying all of the food in the Costco store and are proposing that the store BAN CANADIANS FROM SHOPPING THERE. The evil Americans go on to state that Canadians are a bunch of "greedy pigs" that should "stay home." Canadians contribute billions of dollars to the American economy, the Americans should be mighty grateful for Canadians buying American products and creating American jobs.
Another example of Anti-Canadianism is the National Hockey League. The NHL headquarters used to be located in Montreal, Quebec. Now it's in New York City. And any expansion of the league, it won't be happening in Canada. For years the people of Quebec City have wanted their precious NHL team back. Not too long ago there was a 100,0000-strong rally calling for the NHL to bring the Nordiques back. The NHL said 'no.' Yet all indications point to the NHL placing a team in LAS VEGAS NEVADA. IN THE MIDDLE OF A DESERT. There's going to be initial hype, but after a few years, the arena will be empty, like the arena in Arizona for the Phoenix Coyotes games. There will be very small amounts of fans cheering the Vegas team on. In Quebec, or even a second Toronto team, there will be a huge fan base.
In conclusion, the Canadian people in the coming year need to elect a new government ready to sand up against the American bullies and work to make our countries bond again. The Americans need to stop being so selfish and start recognizing Canada's continued loyalty and stop pressuring Canada to join conflicts that we don't belong in. And the American people need to learn to value Canadian citizens more. Canadians contribute a hell of a lot of money into the American economy, and it's high time that the Americans start to realize that we are good people.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.