Magazine article New Internationalist

Canadian's 'Seamier' Side

Magazine article New Internationalist

Canadian's 'Seamier' Side

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While Canada's neighbour to the south is not exactly feeling the love of the international community, it is hard to find anyone who has anything bad to say about the land of wheat and maple syrup. In a recent global street survey conducted by Seriously's crack pollsters, only 0.05 out of 100 people interviewed had anything negative to say about Canadians at all. Of these, most took Issue with the maple-leaf-accessorizing by Canadian backpackers, though some still found this 'sort of sweet, really'.

A Canadian history magazine plans to challenge this common stereotype of Canadians being polite and goodnatured by highlighting the country's scoundrels through a survey seeking to find 'the worst Canadian'.

Deborah Morrison, president of Canada's National History Society, which publishes The Beaver magazine, explained to Reuters: Our international reputation has us as this very nice, quiet, friendly place. We thought it would be fun to show people our seamier side and take a look at some of our more villainous characters, and how they've helped to shape our country. …

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