“We shouldn’t wait to be ‘discovered.’ We should discover ourselves” (42)
This quote summarizes the idea that Canada is stereotyped as a humble country that doesn’t like to brag, yet when it wants to create a success story cannot because of the lack of social power it yields. This quote is essentially saying that it’s okay for (more so encouraging) Canadians to be conceded enough to deem ourselves successful. We as a country shouldn’t let stereotypes determine our success as individuals.
“Canadians love it when other countries mention Canada” (25)
This quote infers that Canadians need some sort of validation when dealing with media and society, and in a way I think that this is true. Canada is flooded with all-things american, like Canada is a huge America-themed amusement park.
“Not everybody has to be a striver” (39)
This quote presents the idea that in Canada it is acceptable to be a middle-class standard worker (raising the standard of living for all it’s citizens), while in America it’s all about shooting for the stars and getting as high as possible economically and socially.
“Of course, Canada has a national resting face” (75)
Again Myer’s refers to Canada’s stereotypical tendencies of being humble. Even though this is generally seen as a good thing that many Canadians pride themselves on, this makes me wonder that through all there references is Myers really doing good, or perpetuating the idea that we are nothing BUT steryiotypes?
“Canada was not longer going to be a place where experiments in progressivism could take place for the benefit of the world” (255)
In this quote Myer’s is referring to Stephen Harper erasing all of Pierre Trudeau’s hard work as a prime minister. I’m not particularly interested in politics or have a stance on what happened back then, but I think it’s interesting how this can be related to nation vs. country. Myer’s is obviously very against Harper’s decisions as a prime minister, but he got elected for a reason so many Canadians believe in him. Canada is called a post-national state by some, but is still divided in many ways (especially politically).