Colossal Canadian Failures 2: A Short History of Things That Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time

Colossal Canadian Failures 2: A Short History of Things That Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time

Colossal Canadian Failures 2: A Short History of Things That Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time

Colossal Canadian Failures 2: A Short History of Things That Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time

Synopsis

Sure, Canada was built on dreams and hard work, but it was also built on failure - mix-ups, mistakes, screw-ups, and boondoggles. Failing at things, and laughing about them, has long been a characteristic of our citizens.

Where else but in Canada would governments send farmers to land that couldn't be farmed? Where else would an argument over the metric system almost result in the death of hundreds? Who else but Canadians would march against non-existent enemies? Where else would lumberjacks be used to defend the borders?

Are there politicians better than ours at spending millions, against all odds and good advice, on things that just won't work? Is there any nation better at re-electing those politicians no matter what they do? What other country should adopt as its national slogan "If we don't laugh, we'll cry"?

Here are more of the things that seemed like a good idea at the time.

Excerpt

Without failure, there would be no Canada.

Without bungles, boondoggles, mishaps, and mistakes of various degrees, we’d be American or part of France or obedient to a noble class based in England instead of the class clowns based in Ottawa. We’d have cities in different places than they are now. We’d have farms in the hinterland and hinterland where there are now farms. We’d have a happy Quebec. Maybe.

We’d have an unhealthy respect for politicians and government.

We’d think the other guy was better than us. That would pretty well ruin our democratic principles.

We’d have fewer elections.

We’d have fewer laughs.

We wouldn’t have a second Colossal Canadian Failures.

Just as in our first book (available at garage sales, sidewalk sales, and on those bargain tables outside your local bookstore), we present a smattering of failures here. We label them colossal because of the difference between the intent and the result, and because colossal and Canadian sound good together.

Some of them changed the history of the entire country. Some changed the history of a province or a town, and some just made us giggle or shake our heads in wonder.

All of them made us realize that what failure after failure has made Canada is the true north, strong and free — free to make mistakes, that is.

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