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Love, Canadian-style

Posted by Jade / February 13, 2007

canadian-flag-heart.jpg It's Valentine's Day tomorrow, so let me start by saying I love my Canadian boyfriend--we cook, we play backgammon and the Nintendo Wii, and generally there is no one in the world I would rather spend hours talking to. However, in sharp contrast to my last relationship which was with an American, there is almost no going out for the whole dinner-and-a-movie thing. That isn't to say we don't date--sometimes we do, of course--but only it seems weather permitting, money permitting, if there's nothing better to do, etc.

I thought it was just my boyfriend's personality, but, as it turns out, his aversion to the formal date is a product of the national psyche. According to a book called "What Canadians Think" by pollsters Darrell Bricker and John Wright, "going out together for dinner or a movie" is the preferred romantic mood-setting ritual of only 2% of all Canadians.

Here's the complete breakdown of the numbers, just so everyone knows what to expect for Valentine's day:

"Mood-Setting Rituals of Romantic Canadians"
Cooking a favorite dinner - 50%
Talking sweet words of love - 43%
Lighting candles - 39%
Playing soft music - 38%
Playing a game - 22%
Going out together for dinner or a movie - 2%

And the kicker:
"Province in which you're most likely to be the object of a mood-setting campaign: Quebec"

Happy Valentine's Day Montreal! May we all be sweetly talked to after a home-cooked meal, with soft music playing all the while in the candle-lit background.

"Rate by which those who say their Valentine's experiences have 'left room for improvement' outnumber those who describe them as 'fantastic': 3:1"

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