Captain Canada

The informal title bestowed – sometimes ironically – upon politicians who invoke Canadian patriotism in their political crusades.

Pierre Trudeau was a regular recipient of the “Captain Canada” moniker for his occasional forays into economic nationalism and his more than frequent battles with Quebec Separatists.

Former Liberal Cabinet Minister and Newfoundland Premier Brian Tobin was dubbed “Captain Canada” for standing up to European overfishing during the Turbot War in the early 1990s, and for his inspiration to hold a massive pro-Canada rally in Montreal’s Dominion Square in the tense days leading up to the 1995 Quebec Referendum.

Stephen Harper also benefited from the “Captain Canada” designation for his annual (and highly militarized) visits to Canada’s Far North, and for his sometimes-blustery avowals of the country’s “Northern Sovereignty.”

In short, playing Captain Canada (the wannabe leader of Team Canada?) is our version of calling yourself “Captain America”, but without wearing the funky leather mask. (Or for that matter, without Uncle Sam’s iconic beard-hat combination.)

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