Is it true that Americans have been virtually hosed down with maple syrup and issued ceremonial toques? (That's pronounced "took" to rhyme with "spook": meaning those knitted winter hats you pull down over your ears . . . brrrrrr).
Or is it Canadians who are becoming more like Americans?
One of the bemusing things I experience quite regularly on Spark people is . . . um . . . the differences between American and Canadian culture. Which can be pretty vast. All the more so since we share a border and TV and magazines and Internet and food manufacturing and free trade and . . . there seems to be an assumption that we're more similar than we are.
Mostly when I trip over a surprising divergence I just bite my tongue and refrain from commenting: I consider that I am a "guest" on an American site and should blend into the pervading norms as much as possible.
Besides, and even though I am a very proud Canadian, it would not be at all Canadian to boast about any chauvinistic perceptions of Canadian cultural superiority! That would be rude: and Canadians have a rather well-deserved reputation for politeness. Excessive politeness, probably. At least on the surface.
Nevertheless, as a Canadian I am culturally predisposed to prefer what are generally Canadian attitudes. About gun control. About same sex marriage. About "right to choose" when it comes to abortion and euthanasia (while recognizing these are never choices that should be made lightly, and generally not the choices I'd make for myself.) About cultural and religious diversity. About limits on individual rights, balanced with collective rights. All of these all quintessential Canadian compromises . . . . even if they don't work perfectly all of the time.
Not that I perceive Canadian values to be consistently superior to American values, of course I do not. There is so much to admire in American friendliness, American entrepreneurship, American know-how, American resilience. And I am a huge huge Obama fan (*ducking down, I know not all Spark members share that adulation!*)
Now this new study says that Canadians, with our Conservative federal government, are edging politically closer to Americans, with your Democratic government.
One thing for sure -- and it's the thing that brings us all to this site. We're pretty comparable with respect to those adult obesity stats: 24% here, 34% there . . . . with 10% increase in both countries over the past several decades, and edging closer to parity all the time!
Obesity may not be the characteristic which either Americans or Canadians would most want to have in common.
Yeah, Canadians and Americans at Spark are joined in battling against that one, for sure!