Carney’s UK appointment reveals misconceptions about Canada across the pond

Nadine Kalinauskas
Daily Brew

Mark Carney, currently the governor of the Bank of Canada, has been appointed the next governor of the Bank of England and will be the first foreign national to hold the position.

While Brits have welcomed the Canadian with open, eager arms — he didn't apply for the position, he was pursued — a recent Telegraph article only reveals some glaring misconceptions and stereotypes Britons believe about Canucks.

Apparently "As dull as a Sunday in Canada" best describes our "boring good guys" reputation — and Carney's own Canadian-ness is barely discernible, what with his Oxford education, British wife and his "snappy suits."

I suppose he should be wearing snappy snowsuits instead.

You see, according to columnist Sarah Rainey, Canada has an image problem.

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The article continues with awkward, hilarious assertions that most Brits don't know that Celine Dion, Keanu Reeves, Alanis Morrisette or Justin Bieber are Canadian. James Cameron was "quite unexpectedly" born in Ontario, and is one of a "long list of people whom you'd never guess come from Canada."

And while Rainey clears up that we don't say "eh" and "aboot" every time we open our mouths, she did write that Carney drinks maple syrup — Who is he, Buddy the Elf? — an exaggeration that most Canadians just can't stomach.

Rainey says we're used to being "the butt of bad jokes." Still, Michael Babad of the Globe and Mail couldn't help but offer a fun response to the silly Telegraph piece.

"The writer does the piece well — I enjoyed it, presumably because I'm a Canadian with an image problem — but I have to take issue with the suggestion that 'we'd struggle to name a single' Canadian who is actually among the 'many of our best-loved music, television and sports stars.'" he writes.

Babad's fun facts about Canada include our better-than-the-pound dollar — the Canadian dollar plunged 0.9 per cent in the last fives years, the British pound dipped 23 per cent — and the fact that our government doesn't own our banks.

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We're closer to Florida than Brits are, we have a National Hockey League — currently not doing much, but it still counts — and we don't boss other countries around when it comes to how to treat their baby seals.

It's a tongue-in-cheek war of words between papers — and countries.

Which misconceptions have you encountered? And do you believe Canada has an image problem?