Subject: Fw: British newspaper article-re Canada�
British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words... Sunday Telegraph Article From today's UK wires:
Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers, 'The Sunday Telegraph' LONDON :
Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region.
That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States , and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts.
All that being true, Canada has lived in the protective shadow of the United States. No one on their right mind would dare threaten Canada with the US standing guard.
While Canada's "shared" border is protective, it also provides a huge resevoir of cash to Canada for Canada's imports.
Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory as somehow or other the work of the 'British.'
I'm happy the article excoriates the British.
So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British.
They CHOSE to work here and "lost" their Canadian identity for the dollars Hollywood pays them. It is up to them to say what they are.
*I am reminded that many former Canadian actors become Americans.