The Vancouver Sun is currently running a list of the "Top
100 British Canadians," that "amazing array of visionaries,
scoundrels, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, writers,
athletes and scientists (who) built British Columbia and
gave us an identity." Meanwhile, Americans located south
of the Provinces read the list and breathed a hearty sigh
of relief that we weren't born Canadian.
A citing of the full list would be pointless, as these people are all Canadians
and nobody cares anyway. But a brief scan of the entries provides an
illuminating glimpse into the uniquely Canadian psyche:
#2: Bill Reid. "Haida artist." Credited with "resurgence of Northwest Coast
Keep in mind, that was #2. The Second Most Important British Columbian of
#6: Bruce Hutchinson. Journalist, author: "Made British Columbians think about
what it meant to be Canadians."
#12: Earle Brimley. Poet. "One of Canada's best-known poets."
Other "best-known Canadian poets": "I don't know," "I have no idea," and
I loved his song, "In the Summertime," but I always thought his last name
#31: Bryan Adams.
#44: Douglas Coupland. Heh heh.
#52: Ben Ginter. Prince George brewer whose "image was on every bottle"... oh
Jesus Christ, make it stop. I can't go on anymore. Read the damn list
yourself. Never have I seen a larger collection of city managers and highways
ministers in my life.