Canada vs America – The secret love affair

  
What do Canadians think of the American election

 Interesting headline, but realistically no one cares what us Canadians think. With a Canadian population of over 35 million (according to the 2015 census) and the Americans around 320 million, it’s understandable the American giant has little patients for Canada, right? 

Or do they? 

Basically, if we keep our nose clean, play hockey and spend our money in United States, then everything should be kosher, right? 

Well, believe it or not, it doesn’t work that way.  

Americans and Canadians are both effected by the overall economics, if we like it or not. We are both glued-to-the-hip because of the valuable resources on both sides of the border (and if you can’t see it ) our cultures closely mimic each other. 

And, so far (thank god) the-powers to-be know that!

Water, electricity, lumber, gold, oil and livestock are constantly being sent south to keep the American country in check. As a matter of fact, an American owned meat processing plant, known as Cargill, in High River, Alberta employees over 2000 people while harvesting 4000 beef cattle per day ! All the cattle are shipped locally to Cargill from our Canadian ranchers throughout the year, to be processed, with 45 percent of the harvest heading back to the United States. Twenty percent heads to Japan while the rest is marketed here in Canada. 
 

You do realize it’s quite a challenge to feed, cloth and shelter 320 million people, right? 

It’s an agreed partnership understood by both countries.  
As agreed : “Under the MOU, Canada and the United States plan to cooperate on initiatives, including: sharing of knowledge, technical information and research plans to improve environmental practices in conventional and unconventional oil and gas development; enhancing the reliability and security of the North American energy infrastructure; supporting the advancement of an efficient and clean electric grid; enhancing coordination on energy efficiency standards; facilitating increased use of natural gas in the transportation sector; collaborating to reduce the cost of carbon capture and storage (CCS); and engaging in regional and multilateral dialogues on energy and environmental issues to advance shared.”

It’s also agreed, we will keep the power, water and fuel flowing across the border, to sustain the quality of life for Americans. It’s important we work together. Otherwise, both economies will begin to crumble like a set of dominoes. Everyday, hundreds of millions of goods and resources are quietly exported across each border. 

The American Flag at Bellagio, Las Vegas Photo Credit : Bari Demers

Both countries understand the commitment to each other.  

Could United States take over Canada by force ? Of course they can. Our small ill-equipped armed forces aren’t any match for the Americans. But, we all know that would never happen. It wouldn’t be in anyone’s best interest, worldwide.

Is Canada and United States worried who gets elected? 

Damn rights they do! It will effect over 375 million people across North America. Any change to the balance of our economics will have dreadful consequences to everyone concerned. So, if Donald Trump becomes President of the United States, it will make a big impact on everyone.   Just like the Americans, Canadians too are scared in loosing their way of life.  

Will our new young Prime Minister make an impression ? 

The warm welcome of the United States of America by President Obama, inviting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family to the White House state dinner, is without a doubt, an honour. Obviously, the President of United States must be impressed by our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to roll out the red carpet. 

Look. I’m very proud to be Canadian and happy we have such good neighbours. 

But, even though you have a few rednecks on each side of the border, ranting how terrible each other is, most Americans and Canadians work well together. We always refer our American counterparts, as our friendly neighbours, as they do the same to us. I personally have some great American friends who value Canadians as close partners, doing business on a daily basis.  

 

But, as a Canadian, I’m always hurt when someone puts down our country.  Then I realize where it’s coming from. Uneducated and the uninformed will sound off, without checking the facts. They feel so powerful behind their little computer, trying their best to disrupt and lash out on others. 

It’s a sad state of affairs. 

Truly their lives must be empty and constantly filled with hate. There’s usually two things that drive people to do things they would not normally do in public. It’s either power or a lack of judgement, fuelled by the lack of education. Unfortunately, the media enjoys hearing people rip each other apart with their social rants, only for better ratings.

Most of us Canadians are a friendly bunch who are willing to give the coat off our backs, to help others. Sure, we love our beer and the favourite sport is hockey and sometimes it’s damn cold in the Great White North, but it doesn’t mean our hearts are. In the most part we are a peaceful country, loving the great outdoors and (if rich enough) enjoy our winters in Arizona or Hawaii.  

As far as hockey is concerned, you must realize, most of the hockey players (stars) come from Canada, right? And most of the football players in the CFL are American players, right ?  

It’s important to look at all the facts and make a rational decision. Because each decision effects the way we live, our safety and the future of our children. 

Canada verses America – it’s the secret love affair.

So, if Americans want to come up here to Canada for a longer stay, you are most welcomed. Its Canadian nature to help out others, when in trouble. That’s what Canada is about. That’s who we are. We were brought up to respect and treat others, as we would like to be treated and respected.  Canadians, like the people of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia were there welcoming stranded American travellers on September 11,2001 into their homes. The community of Cape Breton and the rest of Canada will always welcome Americans, be it a visit or stranded.  You’ll always have a home to go to.

As a Canadian, we also want to be welcomed. And Americans have welcomed us so many times before, from the fun city of Las Vegas to the warm states of Florida, Arizona and Hawaii.  We thank you all for your warm hospitality, it’s very much appreciated.   

Photo Credit: Adam Pass

The only thing I wish for in Canada?  

It’s important our historical culture of the French and English influence stay as it is. It’s our history and way of life and we can’t see it disappear.  Along with First Nations People, it’s important to respect their heritage.  After all, they were the first to welcome us all.  So, but away your difference and grow together.

Also, we must all be proud Canadians FIRST with heritage coming in second. If not, we will become nothing more then a mix-match country with no direction and complete chaos. The group of people breeding the most will dictate the laws of our country.  

And that’s just plain dangerous.  

As well, religions should never dictate or infringe on others way of life. That just leads to power, controlling the masses. With a majority in ones religion, they too can enforce their law, just by becoming a member of parliament. With enough support, the radical group can be elected as a Prime Minister. From there, it’s just a matter of time, their laws control the very freedom our ancestors so dearly fought for. 

If you’re going to live in Canada and be Canadian, then you must love our country and be damn proud YOU are Canadian.

We are Canadian, strong and free.  For now. 

By Bari Demers 

In memory of Pearl Harbor – Dec 7 1941 

  
Today is a reminder of what happened on this day, Dec 7 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan. It’s a day to remember and to pay my respects to those who lost their lives. 

2,400 souls died on this day, 74 years ago. 

Two years after 9-11 we were in Honolulu. Out of the blue, we decided to visit Pearl Harbor Memorial, finding ourselves lost from taking the wrong turn, ending up at the Pearl Harbor military base. Coming onto the base, we quickly realized our mistake as the entrance was well protected by armed officers and the ever noticeable grated yellow grid tracks, designed to slow you down in a hurry.  

Our helplessness look was way too obvious, as my jaw must of hit the ground. The young officer came to our immediate attention. He looked at my attire, the typical “Aloha” Hawaiian shirt. Trying not to smile, he said,” Where in the hell do you think you’re going?” 

I said,” I’m sorry sir, I must of taken the wrong turn. This isn’t Pearl Harbor Memorial, is it?” 

He placed his hands on his hips and said,” No it isn’t. Turn around and head further down the road, it’s the next turn to your right.” 

I quickly nodded and zoomed out of there, like a deer been chased by a grizzly. Out of the rear-view mirror, I could see the officers still watching. I’m thinking they weren’t in the mood for a lost tourist, and I couldn’t really blame them, since what happened just a couple years earlier. 

Finally, we found Pearl Harbor Memorial. 

At the time my interest was to learn more about the history behind this tragedy, never did I realize how much the memorial would effect me. It was hard to keep back the tears, after hearing first hand accounts from the men and women, who survived this horrific event in history.  

One of the women, a nurse back then ( 89 years old) signed my table top book representing Pearl Harbor. She brought it home to me how this tragedy should never be repeated, but unfortunately it had happened with 9-11, where 2,977 innocent lives were lost. 

It was a sober reminder.

And today, we are still in conflict with war. The recent horrific bloodshed of 14 innocent lives, along with 130 souls lost in the Paris, is a constant reminder. The attacks on humanity and the freedom we hold so close and dear, must be protected at all costs. 

I salute all the men and women who have served and deeply respect their sacrifice.

Remember the woman who signed my book ? She placed her frail hand softly onto mine and said, ” Your freedom is always at a price…remember that.” 

When I got home, my emotions of Pearl Harbor stirred within me. It was this burning desire that I had to express myself, somehow. So, I picked up my paint brush, as any artist would do, and began to paint my abstract onto canvas. Every paint stroke expressed my anguish for those that died that day, 74 years ago. 

So today, I tearfully remember Pearl Harbor and give my respect to the American men and women who served and died that day on Dec 7, 1941.

By Bari Demers  

Canada Strong and Free

Photo Credit : Adam Pass

My personal blog is Vegas Reviews and it signifies my passion for Las Vegas. It expresses the fun and freedom my wife and I have in Vegas since our very first stay, way back in the 1980’s. Thirty-four years later we are still going strong. You might say we are “Vegas Lovers“.

But today I would like to make a statement in regards to what has been happening in Canada this past week.

First and foremost I’m very proud to be a Canadian.

To all Canadians this week has truly been a sad one, with radicals tearing at the very fabric of who we represent – democracy and freedom.

Our hearts pour out for the tragic loss of fellow Canadians, Corporal Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. We will still strive to live strong and free in spite of these cowardly acts by terrorist individuals.

I would like to thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his determination in eliminating these threats on Canadian soil and for Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who is a hero for shooting the assailant. I trust in our Prime Minister’s judgement and I agree,”Canada will never be intimidated.”

My praise goes out to all world leaders for standing behind us, offering their support to Canada, such as :

President Obama,” We are going to do everything we can to make sure we are standing side-by-side with Canada during this difficult time,”

British Prime Minister David Cameron, “I’m appalled by today’s attack in Ottawa,”

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said,” Today, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Canadian comrades in defiance and resolution. We stand for freedom and for the right of all people in all places to choose their way of life and their way of worship. We always have, and we always will.”

Throughout the world more support came in, from Queen Elizabeth II , Gen. Chuck Jacoby, commander of NORAD, New Zealand Prime Minister John, along with Israel and The Chinese Embassy. And last, but not least, the grand thoughtful gesture by Pittsburgh Penguins and fans, who took a moment to sing our Canadian anthem.

Canadians love their hockey and with Pittsburgh Penguins and fans to take this extra time to express their support, touches the hearts of all Canadians.

I cherish all my American friends and will never take it lightly.

United States of America is a wonderful country and each time I visit, talking to the people, I find to be warm and accommodating. They, like us Canadians, are proud of their country striving for the same moral convictions, fighting for freedom and the democracy of who we all stand for.

Just recently, one of my friends I met on Facebook, Adam Pass from Montgomery, New York, hit it “right on the mark” when he released his latest photograph, which you see posted.

To me his photo of the “Black Maple Leaf” signifies Canada has been tarnished but stands together in strong unity, fondly hinting of the famous characters of Superman or Batman.

As a freelance screenwriter, my wild imagination of fictional stories are pressed into my thoughts and I must write them down. This past week is also seared into my brain, knowing all to well the cost of our freedom.

Our misfortunes doesn’t even come close to what our friends in America have been through. So, when something like this happens, they are well aware of the costs and are there ready to help.

Canada knows the commonwealth of world leaders are also ready at a moments notice. You see, it’s not just about Canada. It’s the fabric of our freedom across many Nations!

And let’s not forget, “least we forget”, all the men and women in the Armed Forces who have fought to keep our freedom.

Here, in Canada,” …With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee…”

Canada is and always will be STRONG & FREE.

By Bari Demers

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