I’ve been known to ponder differences between Canadian and American culture; I try to comprehend – at the very least gain a sympathetic mindset for opposing points of view. Our cultures dictate behaviour, actions based on accepted norms – our countries so alike yet worlds apart on certain issues. I stand my ground when gun legislation or civil rights surface; along the way learning to appreciate why Americans want a firearm under the bed. I get it – along the way cautioning myself to think before shooting my mouth off. There are two sides to any debate, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Keeping my mouth shut, concentrating on similarities rather than stirring up divisive chit chat worked for a while. I’ve been so good it hurts – becoming a better person for it.
Today’s news broke my resolve – this is just too good, too Canadian to walk away from. On Sept.20, what appeared to be a pipe bomb in a piece of carry on luggage was removed from 18 year old Skylar Murphy at Edmonton International Airport. Initially the security screener returned the device to Murphy. Other security personal stepped in and confiscated the bomb, allowing Murphy to board his plane. The incident wasn’t reported to the RCMP for 4 days. Holy crap Canada. On Sept. 27, Murphy returned to Canada. He was arrested, charged with possession of illegal explosives, fined $100 and given a years probation.
Meanwhile, Canadians wanting to make a short hop across the border for a weekend get-away – better not have condoms in their purses. A female university student from Vancouver was detained by U.S. customs 3 times over several weeks. The first detention undoubtedly explain the rest. Vermont border guards took exception to lingerie and condoms in her bag. Questioned for hours, missing her plane to Nashville, and unbeknownst – flagged. A few weeks later leaving Montreal, all it took was a scan of her passport to find her once again seated in a interrogation room. They wanted to know how much the man she was travelling with paid her. Her story which I’ll link below is worth reading – long story short – they let her go “this time” for telling the truth. Truth being the man she travelled with was married – and not to her. Following their Aruba vacation it was border guard time. Please read her story – she puts it more eloquently than I ever could. Lets just say, she was sent back to Aruba and told if she ever tried entering the U.S. again without an official waiver she would be banned for 5 years.
Moral of this ponder – Canadians loose their pipe bombs but aren’t arrested and given a $100 fine until after their pleasant vacations. Canadian girls packing condoms or undergarments other than granny panties had better be prepared to face moral justice – justice dished out by border guards with nothing better to do. Holy crap.