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Updated: 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 | Posted: 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

'Make America Great Again'? To these Canadians, America is already great

By Jake Harris


This election cycle is a trying time for many Americans. Caught between “Make America Great Again” and "I’m With Her,” some people just don’t know where to turn.

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Some have pledged to flee to the Great White North if their unfavorable presidential candidate wins, a sentiment you hear almost every four years.

But let’s not kid ourselves, Canada’s pretty cool. We’ve got that country to thank for Drake, ice hockey, instant replay, the athletic cup, basketball (James Naismith was Canadian-American) and the paint roller, among other things.

Our polite Canadian friends like us, too. In fact, they think America’s pretty great already.

Living up to their “nice to a fault” stereotype, a group of Canadians has started a social media campaign to encourage Americans this election season.

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In a video titled “Tell America It’s Great,” Toronto-based creative agency The Garden Collective rounds up a bunch of Canadians who earnestly and unironically tell Americans what they love about the United States.

“Hey, guys! We’re just up here in Canada talking about how great you guys are down there, and we thought we’d just send you a little bit of a love note,” one man in the video says to start things off.

Among the things these particular Canadians like about the U.S., according to the video:

  • We invented the internet
  • We’re “going to get humanity to Mars”
  • When things are tough, we “fight to make them better”
  • Our musical gifts to the world, such as jazz, bluegrass, R&B and hip-hop
  • Our diversity

The video was posted to the “Tell America It’s Great” website on Oct. 13. The hashtag #TellAmericaThatItsGreat was started as a twist on Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again,” The Garden Collective founder Shari Walczak told the “New York Times” on Monday. “We look at [the election] through a Canadian lens, but all of us have friends, family and colleagues who live in America. We realized they’re immersed in it day-in and day-out and how awful that must feel.”

After the campaign took off on Twitter, other Canadians chimed in with a few of their favorite American things.

And Americans returned the sentiments right back.

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