The Lucky Canuk Who Is Me

I live in a country called Canada. To me, it’s the best country going.

We have our ups and downs, but the people here are basically pretty damn good folks.

We don’t brag about being a great country, although I guess you could call this bragging a bit.

We just carry on being Canadians.

We drink a lot of beer and we own a lot of guns but we don’t kill all that many people because of or with either of those things.

Our economy is pretty solid despite the fact that our dollar isn’t worth a shit.

A lot of us are overweight, but what do you expect with a Tim Horton’s on every corner?

We understand that we are a nation of people from all over the place. But more importantly, we respect that.

Our country is a true democracy because while there might be ideological differences between the left and the right here we’re still fairly civilized about how we deal with each other.

We only have one NBA basketball team and one major league baseball team, but the whole damn country gets behind them.

There’s a lot of hockey played and watched Canada. It borders on obsession. So if you don’t like hockey you might not like it here.

There are a lot of talented people who grew up here, went to the States, and became famous. And even more who stayed here and did the same thing, but on a smaller scale. But no matter where they go or how famous they get Canadians never forget where they’re from. That’s because where they’re from is a pretty damn fine place.

I grew up in a border town at a time when America was great. Or at least that’s what we thought. Things are not so great down there right now. But we know that they will work through it. Or at least that’s what we hope.

But no matter how f**ked up they get, we’ll always be friends. Because basically, except for the morons, Americans are OK with Canadians.

Canada has two languages. Not many English-speaking people can speak French. But nobody seems to give a shit anymore.

That’s the thing about Canada. We’re very much a live and let live country. And because we are, we get really concerned when we see our neighbours, allies, and friends in a f**ked up situation. Like America is in now.

But like I said, they’ll work it out.

Life in Canada is good. We have no reason to want to be like or part of any other country. That would just f**k things up.

So tonight, I’m gonna stay up late and watch the Toronto Raptors play the Sacramento Kings. I might even have a beer.

And tomorrow, I’m gonna wake up in a country that may very well have a lot of stuff to deal with, but it pales in comparison to what many of my American friends have on their plates.

So I am one lucky bastard. Purely Canadian and thankful for it. My only wish is that our neighbours to the south can get their shit figured out so that they can start feeling as lucky as I do.


Jim Murray
Jim Murray
I have been a writer since the age of 14. I started writing short stories and poetry. From there I graduated to writing lyrics for various bands and composers and feature-length screenplays, two of which have been produced. Early on in my writing career, I discovered advertising. While the other media have drifted in and out, communications writing and art direction have been the constant through a 20-year career senior positions in Canadian and multi-national agencies and a second career, which began in 1989, (Onwords & Upwords Inc), as a strategic and creative resource to direct clients, design companies, marketing consultants and boutique agencies. Early in 2020, I closed Onwords & Upwords and opened MurMarketing which is a freelance strategic development/copywriting/art direction service for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world. I currently write long format blogs in 4 different streams, encompassing, entertainment, marketing, and communications, life in general, and the renewable energy and recycling industries. These are currently published on I have, over the years, created more than 1500 blog posts. I live with my wife Heather in the beautiful Niagara Region of southern Ontario, after migrating from Toronto, where I spent most of my adult life. I am currently recovering from spinal surgery and learning to walk again.

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