Every Canadian traveller has had at least one eye-rolling encounter with someone who knows nothing about our country. It's always, “Canada, eh? I hear it's cold up there!” or “Do you know so-and-so from Winnipeg?” Most of the time, stereotypes are nothing more than a chance to poke fun. But, Google's most common searches about Canada (like “Is Canada a country?”) proves that people are more clueless about us than they're willing to admit.
As it turns out, it's not an uncommon belief that Canada, which is actually bigger than America, is merely another US state, like a slightly colder Ohio or something.
Then came the more profound questions such as “Are Canadians British subjects?” and “Are Canadians safe in Mexico?” It may seem a bit insulting at first glance to be called "a subject," but according to section 32 of the Citizenship Act of Canada, Canadians hold the status of “Commonwealth citizens".
In fact, before 1977, Canada, Commonwealth citizens were also known as “British subjects”. Canadians passports even used to say, “A Canadian citizen is a British subject” on them.
People also seem to be interested in how we speak. “Do Canadians have free speech?” Of course, we do! The proof is in our national anthem, "the true north strong and free". “Do Canadians have an accent?” Though ours is hard to distinguish from an American accent, we do have one.
“Why are Canadians afraid of the dark?” Yeah, we are not going to even dignify that one with an answer.
“Why do Canadians say sorry?” Now, this is a valid question - why do we apologize so much? According to The National Post, saying “sorry” is not always used as an apology, but a “politeness strategy.” It ties into how we run our society. The word has also become more of a reflex than an actual apology, though there are plenty of genuine apologies happening as well.
“Why do Canadians say eh?" We just do, okay? It's basically the same thing as American southerners saying "y'all" all the time.
“Why do Canadians bag milk?” According to The Food Network, it wasn’t until the late 1960’s that Canadians first began packaging milk in plastic bags as an alternative to bulky, breakable glass bottles that once racked up big bills for the dairy industry to transport.
The more you know! Or should we say don't know?