We must use this power for good

Wednesday, March 14, 2007
A little over a week ago the BBC was reporting on a survey they took from people the world over.

"The poll asked 28,000 people in 27 countries to rate a dozen countries plus the EU in terms of whether they have a positive or negative influence."

The result?

Canada placed first in the worlds public opinion.

Iran and Israel and the United States placed last and the world seems to think that those countries have a negative effect in the world.

So we have a lot of credibility in the eyes of the world. As the article points out, that may be because we haven't screwed up anything major lately.

I suppose it would be a Canadian thing to say that it's nice that we came out looking so good.

It just feels good.

Maybe now while the world thinks we're all goodie two shoes and is looking in the other direction, we should invade Holland to capture her cheese supply. The world wouldn't believe the Dutch, mainly because they didn't even get on the list, and when they would complain about Canada invading them the world would go, "Canada? naw, that's just not like them."

I suppose that after that we could head north into the UK and invade them and take all their ale. That would be nice. At least for Prince Albert it would be. Did you ever try to order a dark warm ale in PA? I didn't think so.

We could probably invade a couple of countries before the world would even catch on and believe we are behaving in such a boorish manner.

I suppose if they caught us we could probably just blame the unreasonably cold, long winter over here and promise not to do it again.

Because by then we would have all the cheese and beer and could probably just throw a reception for the world, and pretty soon the world would forget because of the great party we threw.

See, it's difficult to envision a Canadian as an evil genius of the world.


  1. I think we should take over Turkey and rename it Chicken, leave a fruit basket then head home.

  2. Those crazy Dutch!

    Where does this list place me? I guess my multiple nationality averages out somewhere in the middle, influentially.

    (What's the plural of influence? Influenza? BA-doom CHING!)

  3. "There's only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch." - Nigel Powers

  4. i like your idea, Randall. Count me in! But can i be part of the strategic planning team instead of the actual invading team?

  5. I bet if you did a check of the comment history on this blog, that Nigel Powers quote is probably the most quoted movie line here. In fact, it's probably the most regular reference to the Dutch on Randallfriesen.com.

    Goldmember was on TBS last weekend. Myers' accent as Goldmember is hilarious and spot-on!

  6. LOL. Thanks for the laugh Randall! And Jay... Ha ha ha. A fruit basket.

  7. Not trying to be funny or nasty, but what was the last significant thing Canada did on the world stage? I cannot remember a single notable thing: it may be because you've kept your noses out of other people's business that you were rated so highly.

  8. Has anyone here listened to Pastor Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill in Seatlle? Just curoius really since you are a pastor Mr Friesen. I recomend everyone of his sermons from the media library.


  9. Forget Holland and the UK. Our next great battle will be with Denmark over ownership of Hans Island
    No more Mister Nice Guy, those Danes need to be smacked with a dried cod....

  10. ummm....Vimy Ridge?

    John Candy?

    Neil Young?

  11. randall, how in the world did you find my goofy blog!
    hey, thanks for prayin', holy smokes how I've needed it lately. thanks.

  12. Cody,


    It's this all knowing thing I got going on.

    I'm with you except i hate the feel of dry cod in my hands. You'll have to hold the dead fish.


    Uh, hello, have you forgotten Poutine??


  13. "International chains like McDonalds, A&W, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King now sell mass-produced poutine across Canada."

    World stage?

    However I liked the spoof played on Dubyah.

  14. Well hey, it's something we've offered the World.

    And we all know there's no accounting for taste, read: Celine Dion


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