Oh, Canada

by
Abby Zimet

Happy Canada Day, formerly Dominion Day, marking the joining of the British North American colonies into a federation; remarkably, the motherland didn't wholly relinquish political control until 1982, by which time Canadians were some fed up with her. Along with the usual burgers and fireworks, Canadians are celebrating with yet more probing questions about their Canadian-ness. Among the findings on multiculturalism, bilingualism, seal meat (5% eat it) and hockey (52% play it), it turns out 85% "see themselves as fundamentally different from Americans." Only 13 percent "see a future scenario where Canada becomes part of the U.S."

"That's about the level of support for a flat Earth or
believing Elvis is alive," says Peter Donolo of The Strategic Counsel.

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