- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 6, 2006

Poking fun at Canada, the 51st — er, we mean our friendly neighbor to the north — is not quite as much fun as poking fun at France, but it is a pastime nonetheless. However, we can’t help thinking the sport is a bit unfair. Sure, the country is a mostly empty wilderness and Arctic zone. But it has given America, and the world, several treasures, among them:

The comedians — From Dan Aykroyd to Mike Myers to John Candy to Norm MacDonald to Jim Carrey, Canada has been a veritable comedian farm league for Hollywood. Evidently, boredom and cold weather combined make for funny people up north.

The Nationals — Canada gave us our baseball team, and though they may be in the basement of their division right now, the Nats still are the pride of the District.

Saul Bellow —Unlike his greatest character, Augie March, Mr. Bellow was not “an American, Chicago-born.” The late, Nobel Prize-winning novelist was born near Montreal, Quebec.

Willam Shatner — American Trekkies would have even less to do with their lives were it not for this Montreal native.

Diana Krall — hough she may be married to a redcoatW (Elvis Costello), this British Columbia-born chanteuse is a continual breath of fresh air to the world of jazz.

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