Oh Canada!

Posted: August 14, 2012 in Nation pride

are you a proud Canadian? if the answers’ yes then great, but here’s a quick test. what kind of car do you drive? if you are driving one of the following cars then you are supporting Canada, sadly none of the following are indigenous to Canada, but operating here is a close second:

1. Chrysler – Chrysler 300, Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge Grand Caravan.

2. Ford – Ford Edge, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKT, Lincoln MKX.

3. General Motors – Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Impala, GMC Terrain. (Buick Regal, currently built in Germany, will shift production to Oshawa, Ontario in 2011.)

4. Honda – Acura CSX, Acura MDX, Acura ZDX, Honda Civic.

5. Toyota – Lexus RX350, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, and Toyota RAV4, as well as Class 4, 5, 6 and 7 heavy-duty Hino commercial trucks.

6. Volkswagen – Routan (built by Chrysler in Windsor, Ontario for Volkswagen).

if you’re not driving one of the above cars…shame on you! just kidding, you have the right to choose whatever you want, next time just want Canadian. let’s dissect our music industry for example, If we are so proud, how come our Canadian top twenty chart is 90% foreign artists (mainly USA)? Don’t we have great bands and artists as well? Besides Biebs and Drake, who else do we get behind? I for one am sick of following America’s lead, you can bet there’s was an American idol, there was bound to be a Canadian idol, which flopped by the way, and guess which Idol is still thriving…? yep! American all the way.  America’s got talent…Canada’s got talent, So you think you can dance…well you get the drift.

I like America, but what about us. I keep hearing fellow canucks say that Canadian sports teams suck, you know what really sucks? our government, they don’t do nearly enough to nurture athletics, and sports in Canada, then we wonder why America, China, Russia (to name a few) excel in sports, the Chinese baby comes out of the womb and straight into the floor exercise, when the doctor slaps the Russian baby’s buttock, it’s just a reminder, maintain posture on that balance beam lad, and America’s desire to dominate everything, will put money into getting the best to become the best, it’s that simple.

I just recently visited some family south of the stripe, and on my way back my tank was near empty, so i filled up state side. imagine my shock when 38 bucks filled my tank, and don’t say 38 US, last time i checked the loonie was on par. so what if gas is cheaper there?…we are the largest exporter of oil to the USA, that’s so what – Canada accounts for as much as 20% of the imported variety to our southern neighbors, followed by Saudi Arabia at roughly 15%, Mexico comes in third @ 12% of imports. rounded out by Venezuela and Nigeria. How are we the largest importer of oil to the USA, who incidentally is the largest consumer of oil and oil based products on earth, but yet we pay an arm and 2 legs more for gas? can someone explain that to me?

Are you fed up of US basketball players coming to the Raptors, getting their feet wet in the NBA and then moving on to bigger and better things? don’t get me started on Canadian Hockey teams coming up short every year. I  know guys who are Canadian born who support US teams over any of our Canadian teams. is that who we are? we need to fuel that pride, start pushing Canada and everything canuckian. We seem to be supporting everyone else but our own, and that’s gotta change!

tune in for the conclusion, and in the meantime give me some feedback at smokinjamprod@gmail.com

written by L.Patterson (Smokinpro)


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