Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I Am Canadian

Happy Canada Day from Canadian, Texas.

"I'm not a lumberjack or a fur trader.
I don't live in an igloo
or eat blubber
or own a dog sled.

And I don't know Jimmy, Sally or
Suzy from Canada,
although I'm certain 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 aboot.

I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack.
I believe in peacekeeping, 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 pronounced zed, not zee, zed.

Canada is the second largest landmass,
the first nation of hockey
and the best part of North America.

My name is Joe, and
I am Canadian!"


— Glen Hunt


The basis for a beer commercial North of the Border in 2001, I Am Canadian has transcended advertising and has become a de facto second anthem to Canadians.

Writer John Robert Colombo who has made a career of collecting Canadian quotations included I Am Canadian in the Penguin Treasury of Popular Canadian Poems and Songs. Colombo wrote that, "the open-minded reader will respond to the power of the words that express a human need to affirm an identity in the face of ignorance and indifference."

Ironically, the ad campaign was "retired" in 2005 after the Canadian brewer was purchased by an American brewer.