A weekly treat is reading through each new issue of The New Yorker, one of my all-time favorite magazines because it is so consistently excellent. Its cartoons are an indispensable hallmark of the magazine’s style and, over the years, its cartoonists occasionally have focused their good-natured humor at Canadians or Americans’ general (mis)perception of Canada.
In keeping with that tradition, the most recent issue of The New Yorker includes the above cartoon by P.C. Vey playing on the notion of Canadian politeness. It’s funny but probably goes a bit too far — yes, Canadians are generally polite but certainly not pushovers. Of course, it’s all in good fun and not to be taken too seriously. As previous commenters about such cartoons have noted, if you have to have a reputation, that of being overly polite isn’t a bad one to have.
Image Credit: P.C. Vey, The New Yorker
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