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01/15/2005 Archived Entry: "Oh Canada!"
I love living in provincial, small-town Canada. And, no, I'm not just referring to the rural area where I reside; the whole nation is like a small-town, with the possible exception of Toronto which Peter Ustinov once accurately described as "New York run by the Swiss." What prompts my waxing about the wonderfully backward Canadian lifestyle? Breaking News! "Canada Immigration Minister Quits in Pizza Scandal." The news item advises, "Canadian Immigration Minister Judy Sgro, already embroiled in a scandal over favors given to a Romanian stripper, resigned on Friday after a pizza shop owner said she had reneged on a promise to help him avoid deportation in exchange for free pizza." That's political corruption on a Canadian level.