And oddly enough, on this trip, we saw this effect even today. Quebecois were cold, initially, until they discovered we were Americans, not Ontario folks. They hate people from Ontario, but will tolerate Americans. We had a similar experience in France, oddly enough, as the French hate the English more than Americans, and once they discovered we were Americans, they warmed up to us. And after seeing the antics of English tourists, we understood why. 300 years of animosity doesn't evaporate overnight.
And while we took an utter shit on the native Americans, Indians, or indigenous peoples of our Country, as far as I know, we never kidnapped their children and sent them off to boarding schools, punishing them if they tried to speak their native tongues. Taking a squat on indigenous cultures seems to be part of our shared British heritage.
So what's the point? Beats me, other than it can be kind of tiresome when Canadians blather on about how much better they are than the United States, when it suits them, and then spend their winters in South Florida, or do their shopping in Buffalo. I mean, it is a nice place to be - you can identify with America when it suits you, distance yourself when it is convenient, and of course, not have to talk about your own messy internal politics.
Maybe we should try that angle. Canada! It's your turn to be world superpower! Have fun and be sure to write! Meanwhile, we'll just sit here on the sidelines and criticize.... Hey, this is fun! Sort of like being a teenager again.
UPDATE: A reader informs me that we too, put Indian children in boarding schools. The Australians did the same thing to their aboriginal people as well. It seems like a Western thing, to want to "modernize" and Westernize other cultures - Japan (which wholeheartedly rejected it), the Middle East, and so forth. We even continue to do this today, inviting immigrants from all over the world to study, work, and live here and become citizens, hoping they will adapt to the American Way of Life and export our cultural values overseas. Sadly, it seems the only thing we successfully exported to the Middle East was suit-wearing dictators, and their day in the sun seems to be fading fast.