Waking Up Canadian:

A funny video, with a government program to go with it. And note the Doonesbury connection.

Calgary reader (mail):
I woke up Canadian this morning (just like every other morning for the last 40 years) and that's exactly what it was like. There was also a moose on my lawn.

Welcome to my new fellow citizens. You'll enjoy our odd customs and traditions as depicted in the video.
4.17.2009 1:44pm
ASlyJD (mail):
XKCD's take on Moving to Canada.
4.17.2009 2:46pm
A. Zarkov (mail):
The last time I looked at the Canada sight I found that people over 55 would have a hard time qualifying for Canadian citizenship. They have a point system clearly designed designed to discourage older people from applying. I found that despite having advanced degrees, lots of experience etc I could never qualify because of age.
4.17.2009 2:50pm
Gregory Conen (mail):

It seems that and American could well charge the USA with discrimination if it did not retaliate, tit for tat, against the ageist policies of socialist countries.

No. Can people charge the US with discrimination for not retaliating against, say, Saudi Arabia for sexist policies? Domestic antidiscrimination law does not work that way.
4.17.2009 3:20pm
Bretzky (mail):
Since none of my friends called me a hoser today or said the word "aboot," I'm guessing that they did not fit the bill for this law.
4.17.2009 5:35pm
The next video after this one is of a "Jersey guy" speaking "Quebecois" (a bit hung over it seems) wishing to move to Quebec and become a Quebec separatist. Must sound seriously funny for the real Quebecois, but fun to watch regardless. He speaks slowly, so you could try it even if your French is not up to snuff - here
4.17.2009 8:12pm
Tony Tutins (mail):
O Canada!
My home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

Now alls I need is a Canadian citizenship certificate.

My mom's old passport must be around here somewhere.

Then I have to figure out how to get a certified copy of my drivers license and passport.
4.17.2009 10:09pm
Bob from Tenn (mail):
I give up. What was the Doonesbury connection?
4.17.2009 10:10pm
Mark in Texas (mail):
And I was just watching a panel of pundits on TV earnestly debating what should be done with the internees when Guantanimo is closed. Then I watched this video and the answer is so obvious...
4.17.2009 10:11pm
Cornellian (mail):
They have a point system clearly designed designed to discourage older people from applying. I found that despite having advanced degrees, lots of experience etc I could never qualify because of age.

The Canadian immigration system favors those who can contribute most to Canadian society, i.e. young, healthy, educated people who can speak English or French get in first while old, sick, uneducated people who can't speak either official language get in last, or not at all. The U.S. immigration system turns on whether you already have relatives here, not whether you have anything useful to contribute.

Personally, I'd rather have the Canadian system here.
4.18.2009 12:34am

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