Canadians != Americans

This comes from an article in the Edmonton section of Canada.com.

an American from San Diego is quoted saying: "What bugs me about Canadians, if I may, is that they wear that damn patch on their bags, the Canadian flag patch. That way, they differentiate themselves from us."

Here's another good one

"Some participants expressed a certain amount of annoyance at what is perceived as a systematic attempt by Canadians to make the statement that they are not Americans by sporting the maple leaf,"

Well, duh, that's because we aren't Americans. We're Canadians. And most of us are damn proud of it too.

It's an article about how Canadians should be more respectful of Americans' feelings when travelling abroad, because of how US foreign policy is making Americans feel isolated and unsupported in the world.

Now, I personally don't have anything against the US (maybe aside from their slightly arrogant outlook on the rest of the world). I work and live there, and I even married one. I just have no desire to become one, or to be labelled as one. I know it bugs many Canadians to no end when people try to lump Canadians and Americans into the same pot, or the endless jokes about Canada being the 52nd state. We put the maple leaf on our luggage so that we can be identified as Canadians.

Canadian, and very proud to be one.