A former prime minister of Canada once said
that living next ot the United States “is like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.” It is also sometimes hard to get noticed by the elephant and more often than not Canadians (rightly or wrongly) feel that Americans take them for granted.
In an effort to let Americans know how much we mean to them and how much they mean to us, the Canadian embassy in the Washington, D. C
. has published two 30 x 22.75 inch maps showing the inter-relationship of the two countries. It is available in two separate pdfs - one showing Canada
(4.18 MB), the other showing the United States
(6.39 MB). Both maps are filled with little snippets of information (“Canada was the Peach State’s largest trading parnter in 2004” or "Over half of the oil and gas produced in Alberta is exported to the U. S.”), attractive and worth a read.