Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The 11th province vs the 51st state

Lately I've been hearing advertisement on Canadian radio stations for Florida tourism, billing the southern state as Canada's 11th province. Out of curiosity I decided to visit the website to see if it was a particular company, or if the advertising was sponsored by state sponsored tourism. Looks pretty offical to me, the footer says that the site is the "Official Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation" you can visit the site at sunshineprovince.com. I wonder if there are any other states billing themselves as the 11th province to Canadians to promote tourism, and I wonder how Americans feel about that.

Personally every once in awhile I hear someone expounding upon Canada being the 51st state, and personally I really don't like that. I'm a proud Canadian, I love my country, I get teary eyed when I hear the national anthem, and though I love my American friends, I don't want to be the 51st state. Going through Wikipedia and Google links most references to Canada or any other country being termed the 51st state is usually used either in jest to indicate the influx of American culture to the country or well not in a positive context and I'll let you go and research it.

So what are your thoughts on states billing themselves as the 11th province to promote the state?

7 comments:

Worker Mommy said...

Hi there -

I'm been meaning to stop in for some time. Thanks for delurking on my birthday.
I apologize for my "slacker-itis".

In any event , with regards to your post- the 11th province statement isn't offensive to me it's just kind of silly and I could imagine it might be offensive to some Canadians.

Jenn said...

I know there's a lot of snowbirds in florida, but I kind of don't like them billing themselves as the 11th province. Not until they provide free health care for Canadians HAHAHA. That aside - I like to travel to the US. I don't need Florida to be a province before I'll go visit - I'll happily visit Florida in January and February.
There's also a lot of other states I'd like to see though.
So, in a nutshell; I don't like being referred to as the 51st state - I like my nationality thanks, and I'm not keen on Florida representing itself as the 11th province - it doesn't really make sense to do so. Canadians are not going to be more drawn to a state billing itself as quasi-Canadian.Part of the fun of travelling is to get OUT of Canada and see other countries.

mom of 2 said...

hey...you haven't posted in a while. Just dropped by to let you know I've missed your posts and I hope that all is well with you!!

Chrissa

julie bo said...

hey chica... all well in the land of K?

Hugs

Tama said...

Well said.

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Jaycee Adams said...

Come on ahead and annex us. I doubt you could screw up the place any more than it already is. (Please don't take that as a challenge for oneupmanship.)