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Why does the Canadian government hate Americans?

In the early 90s when I was stationed in Seattle, I used to take my bike across the ferry to Vancouver BC.I would take my drivers license I didn't even need a passport and show it to the Canadian border patrol and get across no problem.

I have been told by colleagues in my industry now that this is a very different situation today and that if you as an American have anything on your record it is nearly impossible to get across the border in Canada.

A truck driver who might have a 20-year-old DWI is no longer allowed into Canada and even if you don't have anything on your record the red tape, bureaucracy and background checks makes it a very lengthy process.

I think it is a shame that these two countries who are neighbors and once considered themselves very strong allies seem to no longer cooperate with each other on border traffic.

My question is this do Canadians have just as much of a problem getting across the American border as Americans do to get across the Canadian border?

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As a Canadian what I see going on is

an imposed "difficulty" between border travel to usher in some kind of unified border system perhaps to help usher in the AMERO experiment. However, much to my delight, the failing EURO is keeping that conversation off the table.

I travel to the states with a minor offence on my record without hassle. I politely opt out of scanners and don't play into the intimidation tactics of the border agents. I usually joke with some people if I see an opportunity to.

I set an intention before traveling to have a smooth uneventful trip and it has always played out that way. If you stress out about it, you don't think clearly and may give body language queues that agents are trained to spot. So be calm, confident and polite regardless of the mood of the agents you encounter.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


So you just use your charm to get across the border? I have decided to opt out of crossing the border because of the stories I hear. It would be just too much of a risk on my job if some technicality were to hold me up.

I just don't play into the fear propagation

They use Fear as a tool to break down, intimidate, condition and desensitize people to think this is all normal activity by authorities. I live by example and I choose to opt out of the Fear. I act as if they don't faze me and they don't. Some people are generally nice and you can sort of soften them up by the way you approach them. They are human beings after all and I have empathy for those working for the system. I wish they didn't have to take these jobs but I want them to feed and support their families as much as I do. These people aren't the problem and I just like to let them know in my own way that their methods don't intimidate me.

"I have decided to opt out of crossing the border because of the stories I hear."

I would make your decisions from your own experience and not what you hear. Some people lash out against border agents and then find themselves in generally avoidable situations that they then share and become a "fear carrier" just like the authorities hope.

The whole point is to isolate you in your nation to keep you from connecting with the outside world where you may get a new perspective of your home nation.

Spolier Alert: We're ALL human beings oppressed by the same global force. Just don't go realizing it or humanity way start to unite against it.

Spoiler no.2: It's already happening.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


I'm a Canadian from South of Toronto, most Candians don't like Americans because of imperialist arrogance. To many wars, propaganda & the like. I've been thru a few states as well and since 9/11 I don't enjoy going there anymore, most cities are burnt out looking in the Michigan and Buffalo areas, Boston wasn't very nice and people aren't friendly like in Canada. I was almost culture shocked to see a convenience store clerk behind bullet proof glass, you never see that here. I personally loved America when I was younger, & I was renewed by Ron Paul to its great experiment with freedom, but it's becoming a police state, and my neocon govt is following right along.

Not trying to start a thing,

but Schuey's experience in Boston sounds familiar. Saw more rude/mean/petty criminal behavior in 5 weekend trips to Boston then in 5 years in NYC. Just sayin.

Sorry for the rudeness

But we can only be asked so many times to say "Park the car in Harvard Yard" before we completely explode. ;)

You live in the middle of Lake Ontario?



Yes, with Sponge Bob.
I'm from Cambridge, Ontario

I have Canadian friends who

I have Canadian friends who vowed this is their last time travelling to the states. You have a bigger problem because of the lethalness of your TSA. I suspect Canada and Mexico will soon be under the same shroud.

Goes both ways (But I think US started it)

When I crossed the boarder into Michigan in 2005, I was astonished by the level of interrogation exercised by the US Border Control - Eyescan, background check, fingerprint check etc.

This also in a period of heavy regulation on import of Canadian Beef, so perhalps the regulations from the canadian side is just a reaction to the US regulations?

Also, as a Danish citizen you have to undergo extreme background checks and interviews just to acquire a tourist visa for the states. It's just too much.

Even Greenland knows what's going on!

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They found us irritating

because we don't end our sentences with "eh?"

We're just jealous you all can play the banjo


"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

We're all North Americans now

Both Governments are doing the same thing basically getting us all used to being told what to do and accepting of more are more authoritarianism.

I agree with you C.

This is no laughing matter it does not benefit either country to continue this border war. There used to be a time when Canadians and Americans had a special bond and would make exceptions but now it seems that they will look for any excuse to stop us from crossing the border.

I guess it started after 9/11 and it has gone on for for far too long we need to organize in contact our Congress critters on both sides and put a stop to this.

It works both ways.

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