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« on: December 24, 2006, 10:33:51 pm »
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who do you feel a closer connection or kinship to...great britain or canada?

the uk for me.  not only because my people came from there, but they seem to be the most  pro-american.

the canadians...ugh.  no offense to any canadian on the board, but theyve always struck me as know-it-alls.  the time i was accosted at the border like a common terrorist didnt help my opinion any.  but, in fairness, that was quebec.
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2006, 10:36:17 pm »
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For me personally -neither.  Though it's possible that the old colonial feeling of kinship with the mother country still lingers in the hearts of most Anglo Americans...
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2006, 10:38:13 pm »
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That's funny, because I've crossed the border into Ontario a couple times now, and I found their security to be a bit lax if anything.  All I had to do was answer the usual basic questions and they waved me on through.  Didn't even ask me for ID or anything, pretty much took me at face value.

On the other hand, coming back to the US the first words out of their mouth were to ask for my ID.  Not that they gave me a big hassle or anything.

Maybe it's just the Quebec people.  (Or maybe you just look like a terrorist?)
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2006, 10:42:12 pm »
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the canadians...ugh.  no offense to any canadian on the board, but theyve always struck me as know-it-alls.  the time i was accosted at the border like a common terrorist didnt help my opinion any.  but, in fairness, that was quebec.

If you're going to judge all Canadians based on Quebec, then I'm going to judge all Americans based on Utah.
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2006, 10:49:57 pm »
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the canadians...ugh.  no offense to any canadian on the board, but theyve always struck me as know-it-alls.  the time i was accosted at the border like a common terrorist didnt help my opinion any.  but, in fairness, that was quebec.

If you're going to judge all Canadians based on Quebec, then I'm going to judge all Americans based on Utah.

no, no, no.  i dont judge all canadians based on quebecers.  but damn if they werent rude.

and to the previous poster, no im pretty sure i dont look like a terrorist.  i think i probably look like a really dorky, skinny guy.
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2006, 11:09:40 pm »
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Canada. More specifically the french speaking part since I'm 1/4 quebeqois.
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2006, 11:42:29 pm »
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Great Britian since much of my family hails from ether Britain itself or Ireland. 
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2006, 11:48:18 pm »
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Great Britain- in large part because I have taught a lot of British Literature in my day. (And Margaret Atwood isn't that great is she?)
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« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2006, 11:49:37 pm »
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Canada, because it's closer and I don't really care where my ancestors came from.
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2006, 11:49:51 pm »
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Canada.
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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2006, 11:50:26 pm »
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Non-question (unless you're part Canadian or angry Irish) Both should feel a strong connection with Britain.
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« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2006, 12:01:00 am »
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Canada, of course.  Why don't you make these things into polls, WalterMitty.
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« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2006, 12:02:35 am »
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Canada, of course.  Why don't you make these things into polls, WalterMitty.

i like to read responses, rather than just look at poll results.
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« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2006, 12:21:07 am »
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Canada.  I go into Canada many times yearly, have taken many trips there, and have even become good friends with some  Canadians through poker, seeing shows, etc. They're all pretty swell people.
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« Reply #14 on: December 25, 2006, 12:29:56 am »
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I like both countries, but I feel more conected to Canada for North American reasons.
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« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2006, 12:31:20 am »
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no offense to any canadian on the board, but theyve always struck me as know-it-alls. 

None taken. If anything, we are a country of "know-it-alls"

I will attempt to answer this question by replacing Canada with the USA. I have distant American ancentry and much British ancestry. I feel more of a connection to American politics and culture than British, but there is a love for the mother country too.  They are housing our Queen after all Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2006, 03:32:28 am »
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well, Canada is probably a lot closer to Australia than GB in terms of the perople and stuff, but personally I feel no real connection with Canada but a slight connection to the UK because of my welsh grandma. Really, I only feel a connection to Wales, not to the UK, I suppose. I feel closer to the US than both, but only slightly, and much closer to NZ than the US.
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« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2006, 03:56:06 am »
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the canadians...ugh. 

To be completely fair, I don't think the Canadians are exactly crazy about you either.

Oh, and I pick Canada, since I am half Canadian and b/c it is a MUCH cooler country than Great Britain.
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« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2006, 11:47:26 am »
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Canada since my grandmother was from Newfoundland and I have a good number of relatives in both Newfoundland and Ottawa. It just seems much closer to my everyday life than the United Kingdom does.

However I still have a good amount of attachment to the UK, that is where I good majority of my ancestors came from.
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« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2006, 12:15:00 pm »
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the canadians...ugh.  no offense to any canadian on the board, but theyve always struck me as know-it-alls.  the time i was accosted at the border like a common terrorist didnt help my opinion any.  but, in fairness, that was quebec.

Judging Canada by Quebec's border guards is like judging a restaurant by the homeless guy who pees in the trash can behind it.

no it is like judging a restaurant by its employees.
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« Reply #20 on: December 25, 2006, 12:23:37 pm »
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Canada, although I've only been to Montreal and Quebec City, both obviously located in Quebec. I can't imagine Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, etc. being any different from a typical American city, though.
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« Reply #21 on: December 25, 2006, 02:49:03 pm »
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Toronto is pretty similar to an American city.  There are some minor differences if you look for them, but mostly it's about the same.
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« Reply #22 on: December 25, 2006, 04:27:49 pm »
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Mexico.

Ok, I do feel some link to my Irish and Scottish ancestory, but the local flavor is latin, and when in Rome....

Well, perhaps I have more of a taste for the local Cal/mex melange of culture rather than Mexico - who's social services are a libertarian pipe dream.   Tamales for lunch today - yehaw.
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« Reply #23 on: December 25, 2006, 04:39:59 pm »
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My tastes run towards CalMex culture and I'm someome who lives in the suburbs in the great leakes area( not NYC)
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« Reply #24 on: December 25, 2006, 09:24:43 pm »
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who do you feel a closer connection or kinship to...great britain or canada?

the uk for me.  not only because my people came from there, but they seem to be the most  pro-american.

the canadians...ugh.  no offense to any canadian on the board, but theyve always struck me as know-it-alls.  the time i was accosted at the border like a common terrorist didnt help my opinion any.  but, in fairness, that was quebec.

I agree.  Though there I have always liked the individual Canadians I have met, I am not a big fan of Candidan culture as a whole, or their whole "we hate the US" inferiority complex thing.

The only thing I have against the Brits is what they did to my people, by which I mean the Irish.

Plus, the Brits are good allies, the Canadians don't strike me as the kind of people I would want to have to count on in most circumstances.
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