I Am Canadian!

I Am Canadian!

From Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul

I Am Canadian!

All my intensities are defined by my roots, and my roots are entirely Canadian. I’m as Canadian as you’ll ever find.

Donald Sutherland, actor

I am not a lumberjack, or a fur trader.
I don’t live in an igloo,
Or eat blubber, or own a dogsled,
And I don’t know Jimmy, Suzy or Sally from Canada,
Although I am certain they are really, really nice.

I have a prime minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
I pronounce it “about” not “a boot.”
I can proudly sew my country’s flag on my backpack.
I believe in peacekeeping, not policing,
Diversity, not assimilation,
And that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.

The toque is a hat,
A Chesterfield is a couch,
And “z” is pronounced “zed,” not “zee,” “zed!”
Canada is the second largest land mass,
The first nation of hockey and
My name is “Joe,” and
Thank you.

Glen Hunt
Toronto, Ontario
Bensimon, Byrne, D’Arcy

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