Canada? It’s in North America? What?

And in other news that didn’t make most U.S. local newspapers today, the government of Canada fell yesterday.

Canada government falls, Politically-Illustrated

"The Conservative government in Canada was toppled on Friday after a vote of no-confidence passed in the parliament by 156 to 145." Cartoon at Politically Illustrated by Cam Cardow

You know:  Canada.  That nation north of North Dakota, the one that keeps Alaska stuck to the North American Continent.  Remember?   It’s got about 20% of the world’s fresh water.  Those guys who helped us whip Hitler on D-Day.

Oh, c’mon.  Google the place, will you?  It’s the nation where, when you go there, ‘those bastards with the drug problem south of the border’ is the United States.

No, no, it’s probably not important.  We buy a lot of our oil from Canada.  Canada is our biggest trading partner.  They buy a lot of the goods that we still produce here.

And the conservative government there, under a parliamentary system that kids in the U.S. are never tested on in Texas, lost a vote of confidence Friday, in Ottawa.

Ottawa?  It’s the capital of Canada.  No, Montreal isn’t even the capital of Quebec.

Oh, come on! Quebec.  Quebec! It’s the province of Canada with all the French speakers. Yeah, Quebec City is the capital of Quebec.

Ottawa’s in Ontario.  No, Ottawa is the capital of the whole nation, Canada.  Ontario’s capital is Toronto.

Lone Ranger?  No, Toronto has nothing to do with the Lone Ranger.  It’s the biggest city in Canada.

Anyway, to get back to the topic, Canada’s government failed.  Conservatives lost a vote because of ethics issues.

Ethics issues, conservatives.  No news there.  No wonder it wasn’t covered better.

Elections in May. You’d know this, if you read the blogs of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

As if anyone cared.

Hey, get this:  Ontario alone has more than 250,000 lakes, natural lakes.  In a good, very wet year, Texas has two, maybe three natural lakes.

You could look it up.

No, NATO won’t intervene.  Canada is part of NATO.

More seriously:

Energy- and environment-interested people should take note. Canada is our largest source of imported oil at about 2 million barrels a day — more than Mexico and Saudi Arabia imports combined — and we share two ocean coasts with the nation.  See what Susan Casey-Lefkowitz said at her blog:

Hopefully, whoever takes over next in Canada will be a bigger proponent of clean energy and fighting climate change than the Harper government has been. The Harper government has been a vocal proponent of tar sands oil expansion – pushing this dirty fuel in the United States and in Europe. In fact, the Harper government has been instrumental in undermining clean energy efforts at home and abroad all to promote the tar sands oil industry. A fresh approach in Canada gives the country a chance to get back to its green roots and to listen to its provincial governments such as Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia who have been developing innovative ways to promote clean energy and fight climate change. A fresh approach also provides an opportunity to lessen Canada’s dependence on the oil and gas sector and its heavy control over the Canadian dollar leading many to fear “Dutch disease.”

Clean energy and fighting climate change are critical issues now and in the coming decades. Hopefully, Canada can step forward as a leader on both in the future.

We can overlook the abuse of the word “hopefully” to extract important information, I think.  Did your local paper cover this story today?

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9 Responses to Canada? It’s in North America? What?

  1. Meh. The Canadian government falls every 6 months or so, doesn’t it?


  2. Jim says:

    I’m glad Lars clarified the Canadian perspective on World War Two. While I am awfully proud of the substantial and heroic contribution my beloved USA made to defeating fascism, I don’t blame anyone from Canada for being proud either.

    What the Canadians suffered at Dieppe actually made Operation Overlord possible just two years later.

    Ed, I agree with you. Canadians are exceptionally friendly people. I only went to Canada once…a weeklong vacation on Manitoulin Island. But it was one of the best vacations of my life. (And damn if they didn’t have the best ice cream I ever tasted!)

    I just wish I’d had the presence of mind to stock up on Tylenol-3 or Vicodin or whatever it is that the US won’t make available OTC. Because I can’t get decent pain relief from headaches here…and I could in Canada.

    (Perhaps it’s something in the beer? Heh! Rock on, Canada!)


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Uh, Ed, hate to quibble, but it was you who helped us whip Hitler.

    We’d been fighting the Axis for almost five years by D-Day.

    You’re right. I stand corrected. (Good catch.)


  4. Lars says:

    Uh, Ed, hate to quibble, but it was you who helped us whip Hitler.

    We’d been fighting the Axis for almost five years by D-Day.

    To be serious, though, nice summation of what’s going on here. Let’s hope that the Harperites hit the mat with both shoulders come May.


  5. Ed Darrell says:

    Yeah, Canada has a lot to offer. I regret that my time in Canada has been so short, and almost always business related. I find Canadians to be genuine and friendly, and it’s a real kick to have a foreign nation where English is spoken everywhere.

    The U.S. is lucky to have Canada as a neighbor, and we ought to be much more neighborly, much more often.


  6. Thanks for the tip-off! It’d be nice to ‘hopefully’ see a more pro-environment government get in.

    I also learned new things about Canada too. Who knew the 53rd state had so much to offer?


  7. Ellie says:

    It was certainly in my local paper. Of course, I live near the border. I’m pretty sure it was on the front page.


  8. blueollie says:



  9. Yes, 30 days of election campaigning and listening to rhetoric about the ‘coalition’. The fourth election in seven years. *sigh*


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