I had some people in my life last year that were Canadians. Now, I have other Canadian friends here as well and I had never thought that there was any animosity between our countries. I mean, I had no problem with Canada (or Canadia as I jokingly refer to it). I may not agree with their form of government or some of their lifestyle differences, but I certainly respect them. They are not a bad country. What they do, works for them and God bless them for that.
But those Canadians did seem to have horrible animosity towards the United States. I had to constantly ask them to watch the US bashing around me. I don't know if they are getting brainwashed by their own media or if they are just arrogant as a society or what. Luckily, as I said earlier, I have some other Canadians friend in real life. They inform me that most Canadians don't feel animosity towards the United states at all. And When I thought about that I realized that the same holds true for Americans. Most of us don't think poorly of Canada at all. But there are a few vocal minorities here that seem to have some hatred and distaste for Canada. I usually label these Americans as kooks and extremists for the most part. After realizing that, I also labeled these Canadians that I dealt with as kooks as well. I did not let their negativity influence me any more than I let other Americans influence me with their anti-Canadian rhetoric either. But I do understand it a little more now. I mean, if their experience with Canadians was anything like mine, I can see why they have such feelings. If I did not have Canadian friends outside of those that I dealt with last year, I would probably be pretty bitter towards them myself based on this experience.
Luckily, I instead decided to examine the root cause and investigate. I asked my friends here and others who have had issues with Canadians and I have come to the conclusion that I just had a run-in with a bad group of Canadians. They were all lazy, arrogant Generation X slackers (and they ironically bashed Gen Y as spoiled "vapid twits") that simply wanted someone to blame in life. They blame the US for all of the problems in the world because we have, admittedly, been involved in some questionable wars and conflicts over the years. At the same time, we are sending billions into Haiti to help the earthquake victims. Some people put on blinders to the good because they want so badly to have something to be indignant about. Haters are always going to find something to hate. Some people are just negative by nature.
I would like to know why. I am just curious like that (I am a hacker after all). Maybe if they saw the root cause, they would open their eyes and realize it and change. This particular group of people, as I said before, were lazy "gen-X" folks who had not really accomplished much in life. They get by and make a living, but that is about it. I cannot say that they ever helped anyone or did anything to improve or benefit society. The Canadian government provides so much for them that it becomes easy to become a leech on the system there. They get enough to get by in life from a minimum wage job and the government handouts (which is actually money from the 99% of good people in Canada who do work hard and strive for better things) but they aren't really prospering. This is the same with the welfare system in this country. These services exists to give you the minimum to survive. If you don't like the minimum, then get some ambition and move up in life. That is what I did. I grew up poor. I got an education. I got out of it. Do Canadians have that same opportunity? It sure looks like they do. If they do not, then come down here to the US (which many of them do). We always have room for hard working people! Despite the vocal minority of anti-Canada rhetoric mentioned earlier, I would be the first one to extend my hand and welcome you here.
Basically, I think it is simply the caliber of person you are dealing with. Some people are just low-class (which has nothing to do with job or finances) and have bad attitudes and have their hand out. IT is just a universal truth and has nothing to do with the countries at all. People just need someone to blame for their own inadequacies and in this case, it is to point at another country who seems to have more than you. Really it is no different than the same mentality and animosity that some of these middle Eastern countries have for us. Is Canada poised to attack next?
It is the old story of the ant and the grasshopper. The ants work all day and get ahead and then the grasshopper just mooches of of the ants. The people that I dealt with were the grasshoppers and they are just bitching about how the ant is holding them down and how unfair it is that the government does not give them as much as the ant earned for itself via hard work. They view the United states as the ant and this animosity grows. I really don't think it is between the countries, I think it is between a few individuals with bad attitudes on both sides.
That is just my theory based on a handful of people that I dealt with last year. I know that we have some Canadians here on binrev and a couple of them are really great people who I like and respect like Seal and Aghaster. I would love to hear the opinions of any Canadians on binrev and although we may not be able to change the world view, maybe we can educate people here on binrev about why there is such anti-American and anti-Canadian sentiment between our two countries.