Canada lives in the imagination of the United States as a benign, continent-size footnote, the brunt of conservative jokes about invasion and annexation, and the object of liberal daydreams about socialized medicine and sensible bank regulation. If there is an overarching consensus among Americans about their cousins to the north, it is that they are like Americans but nicer, probably smarter, and more loving of hockey.
Less well known is that Canada is a towering, earth-shaking, CO2-belching petroleum giant. Let us keep our stereotype that Canadians are mild-mannered, but in terms of oil there is nothing moderate about them. They have it.
– Andrew Blackwell, in his pollution-tourism book, Visit Sunny Chernobyl.
Amazingly, the average Canadian is now wealthier than the average American.
Over the past five years, the average net worth of Canadian households has exceeded that of American households. So for the the first time in history, Canadians are wealthier than Americans — by more than $40,000, on average. In 2011, the average net worth of a Canadian household was $363,202, compared to $319,970 in the U.S., according to Environics Analytics WealthScapes data published in the Globe and Mail. (‘Average net worth’ measures the total combined value of a household’s liquid and real estate assets, minus debt.)
For crying out loud, even Batman drove his own car.
– Charlie Angus, ethics critic for the Official Opposition, during question period in the Canadian House of Commons on May 2. Angus was complaining about the large expenditures made by the government on overtime for the drivers of cabinet ministers.
Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source.
– Rick Perry, GOP presidential candidate and expert in political geography.
Update: Mr. Perry also acknowledged today that he wasn’t familiar with PerryLawrence v. Texas, decided by the US Supreme Court in 2003, overruling the state’s anti-sodomy statute, while Perry was Texas governor.
An angry group of residents in Sarnia, Ontario (just across the boarder from Port Huron, Michigan) have a creative plan for a protest. The object of the protest is a surveillance camera operated by US Border Patrol and held aloft by a large balloon. It is said to be observing a large swath of the Sarnia river front facing the US.
So what is the protest. Dozens of Canadian citizens will “moon the balloon.” This is an excellent way to protest privacy attacks.
City police said Thursday they plan to turn a blind eye to the cheeky protest in Centennial Park, but Sarnia’s mayor has asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper to get involved in what he calls an assault on Canadian privacy.
In a letter to the PM Thursday, Mike Bradley said the camera hovering over Port Huron, Mich. is scanning Sarnia’s waterfront, which includes many homes, private businesses and government offices.