October 29, 2005


We like us, they like us (Randy Boswell, Ottawa Citizen, October 28th, 2005)

A new global index measuring how the "national brand" of various countries is seen at home and abroad puts Canada high in others' estimation, and at the very top of the world in our own minds.

According to a survey of 10,000 consumers from around the world, conducted for the latest Anholt-GMI Nation Brands Index, a joint U.S.-British market research initiative, Canada's system of governance is the envy of most nations.

And in a blush-making result on the question of pure likability of each country's citizens, Canadians and Australians are the run-away favourites for the international congeniality award. They absolutely love Canadians in Germany, Poland and France -- even more than they love themselves.[...]

The survey also assessed, for the first time, the self-image of each nation. The U.S. and Canada were found to be the undisputed world "champions of self-esteem."

Americans were the only respondents to put their own country first in every category -- in "stark contrast," the authors note, to opinions expressed about the U.S. brand in many other countries.

"Canadians were only slightly less modest," said Mr. Anholt.

Wanna step outside?

Posted by Peter Burnet at October 29, 2005 10:01 AM

What's obvious is that all the favorite countries are members of the Anglosphere, in fact the ones that most closely resemble the U.S. The U.S. would have been the top favorite but for Europe's current fit of envy, wounded pride, etc.

Posted by: L. Rogers at October 29, 2005 10:13 AM

Yes, it's true.

I'm not ashamed to admit that even though I'm an American, everytime I travel abroad I sew a giant maple leaf onto the ass of my pants.

It signals to the natives that I'm a lousy tipper and a self-rightous doof who should be avoided.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at October 29, 2005 10:58 AM


Poor booby. What it signals it that you come from a country that has crafted a more humane, cultured, compassionate, peaceful and socially responsible system (thought up all by themselves)in stark contrast to the terrifyingly brutal, uncaring and philistine dog-eat-dog world to the south. AND that you are a lousy tipper amd self-righteous doof.

Posted by: Peter B at October 29, 2005 11:10 AM

We're the best, live with it!

Posted by: tefta at October 29, 2005 11:20 AM


The fact that I AM a self-righteous doof and a lousy tipper, does not undermine my original point.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at October 29, 2005 11:45 AM

Canada can be more humane etc. because of the free ride they get under the American security umbrella and the dynamic US economy. Sort of like Vermont but colder and with sillier sports.

Posted by: Bob at October 29, 2005 12:08 PM

So you are saying that Vermont isn't "Little Canada" for the US, but that all of Canada is really "The Great White Greater Vermont". (That's a bit redundant, but then so is Canada.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 29, 2005 12:43 PM

People in Vermont still play hackey sack. That's far sillier than anything the Canadians have ever done.

Posted by: Bryan at October 29, 2005 1:27 PM

Reminds me of the classic Onion headline: "Perky Canada Has Own Government, Laws".

Posted by: HT at October 29, 2005 1:29 PM

The only people in love with Canada are those who have never been to Canada.

Posted by: Shelton at October 29, 2005 1:56 PM

canada will make a nice 51 - 59

Posted by: gen. custer at October 29, 2005 2:04 PM

gen. custer - Only when the Democrats are crying for more seats in the Senate, and the Canadians crying for a decent health care system, will that have a chance.

Posted by: pj at October 29, 2005 2:36 PM

who said they get to vote ? it will take a minimum of three generations (if you can get the males interested in reproduction) to de-communize them.

Posted by: gen. custer at October 29, 2005 3:18 PM

The only reason the Euros like Canada is because it is next to the US, but doesn't have the same 'attitude'. And if the Mexicans weren't 'brown', they would like them, too.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 29, 2005 4:21 PM

Oderint dum metuant.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 29, 2005 5:56 PM

Gen Custer, I vote we turn Quebec loose. They and Vermont can form a new confederation of folks who need to get over themselves.

Posted by: Hoosier Daddy at October 29, 2005 7:26 PM

Bryan: curling

Posted by: Bob at October 29, 2005 7:39 PM

Anyone know whether Canada is still planning to do the righteous thing and become Kyoto-compliant, real quick-like?

Posted by: curt at October 29, 2005 9:48 PM

Ottawa is planning to "obey" Kyoto - on the back of Alberta, with exemptions for Ontario & Quebec. This will be the straw that breaks Alberta's back, causing it to become a Republic - LONG LIVE THE FREE REPUBLIC OF ALBERTA!!!

Posted by: obc at October 29, 2005 10:30 PM

hd: notice i didn't say 51 - 60 :) my troops will round up the pesky frenchies and ship them back to the mother country.

Posted by: gen. custer at October 30, 2005 12:08 AM

Prince Edward Island? Well, it would be in the same region of the country with the other little joke states, like Vermont and Rhode Island. Of course, if you send the French back home, maybe you can give Quebec to PEI to administer as a Trust Territory.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 30, 2005 12:52 AM