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Talking to American tourists in Toronto

When an Ohio tourist in Toronto is asked how he likes Canada, he replies, "we've learned more in this day and a half than we had our entire life," adding he didn't know Canada had different money or cigarettes. In this clip, Tabloid host Gil Christy's man-on-the-street interviews reveal how little the popular American perception of Canada has changed over the years. And they show that Canadians have been obsessed by what Americans know about them since well before Rick Mercer began his popular "Talking to Americans" segments on CBC's This Hour has 22 Minutes.
• "On the fifth or sixth try, I worded the question differently: 'Excuse me, do you have a minute for Canadian television?' "You have a TV station in Canada?," he replied. -- Rick Mercer on how he came up with the idea for the "Talking to Americans" segment on This Hour has 22 Minutes, a program he helped create for CBC Television in 1993.

• "The core problem with the U.S.-Canadian relationship, of course, is that the U.S. doesn't know there is a problem. The U.S. barely knows there's a Canada."
-- Bruce McCall, humorist and New Yorker cartoonist, 2000.

Medium: Television
Program: Tabloid
Broadcast Date: July 4, 1960
Interviewer: Gil Christy
Duration: 7:25

Last updated: July 8, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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