Saturday, April 27, 2002

The recent accidental American killing of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan was sickening. Kevin Myers of the London Telegraph sees it as cause to reflect on Canada's place in the world, including its place in Hollywood:

"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 and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British. It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers."

Printed in the National Post:

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