Canadians are the first to eye-roll at obnoxious Americans chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A!” over some patriotic achievement or another. But we tend to give a pass to our own nationalistic high-fives, which are admittedly a lot less common.
At least, they usually are. Right now, there are three different federally-funded Twitter accounts dedicated to pumping out patriotic hype to stoke the nation for this summer’s unpronounceable $500 million sesquicentennial celebration.
I made a personal commitment to tweet something mean or dumb, or mean and dumb, every day in response to the government’s @Canada or @Canada150th accounts, or to the CBC’s @cbc2017 account. Some days I attack the #Canada150 sponsored hashtag and the members of the government who use it in earnest. I started doing this to promote our book, but I’m irritating a lot of people, and it may be costing me more than it’s benefitting us. On the other hand, everyone from the Barenaked Ladies’ drummer to the Prime Minister’s Rasputin have taken the bait, so maybe it’s going well. Anyhow, I’m in too deep now, and it’s become part of my nightly routine. What’s your hobby?
In any event, here’s a sampling of my work to date. Enjoy!
1. It is a civic duty to mock this tweet.
— Canada (@Canada) April 7, 2017
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) April 8, 2017
2. I’m not sure Justin Trudeau should be endorsing a beer company, but I’m certain that he shouldn’t be endorsing a Belgian beer company.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 1, 2017
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) April 2, 2017
3. No joke, I think her show was the best Canadian TV ever.
— Canada (@Canada) April 27, 2017
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) April 27, 2017
4. They often run out of beer, moose, and canoe references and just tweet about rainbows and stuff.
— Canada (@Canada) April 3, 2017
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) April 3, 2017
5. The sculpture is called the Marine Venus, and it’s on the campus of Dalhousie University.
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) April 25, 2017
6. Every now and then, it strikes me how strange it is that any new Canadian law needs “Royal Assent” from a queen. This is particularly weird when considering that we needed the Queen to sign off on our Charter rights.
— Canada (@Canada) April 17, 2017
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) April 17, 2017
That tweet kicked up a small world of shit. Turns out some Canadians really don’t like it when you talk smack about the Queen. The backlash culminated in this exchange.
Wingnut alert! https://t.co/LyBCyo8NJ9
— Kim Campbell (@AKimCampbell) April 19, 2017
Guys a former prime minister just called Jesse Brown a wingnut. https://t.co/ToU9oGSVVR
— Alex Boutilier (@alexboutilier) April 19, 2017
To be fair, I’m not really a wingnut, and she was never really a prime minister. https://t.co/R1dTjXrcRt
— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) April 19, 2017
I promise to stop doing this after Canada Day. You can buy the book here.