Can you think of any more Canadian stereotypes: http://www.wsj.com/articles/we-stand-on-guard-for-thee-1451429887 We Stand on Guard for Thee Canadathat oft-parodied frozen realm of hockey arenas and Celine Dionis more interesting than half of the American states. By DAVID M. SHRIBMAN Dec. 29, 2015 5:58 p.m. ET 8 COMMENTS With a Montreal mother and a Massachusetts father, I am literally the product of Canadian-American relations, but even I recognize that the topic generally could be said to lack a certain vivacity. It is the snoozy Ambien of (North) American academic life, featuring sleep-inducing words like Manitoba and cross-boundary tradeeven though cross-border knowledge is painfully limited. For most Americans, Canada is an ice-encrusted realm of wheat fields, hockey arenas, moose and Celine Dion. This may not be the venue to say that Canada is more interesting than half of the American states (and fitted with better supermarkets), but it is the place to give a tip of the Mounties hat to Robert Bothwells Your Country, My Country, a book that crosses and recrosses the boundaries between the two countries, the better to explain each to the other. There are, to be sure, many things that Canada and the United States have in common. Mr. Bothwell notes that for most of the past century the two shared the ease that came from security from harm or want. They have also shared alternating periods of liberalism and conservatism, though usually not in tandem. Thrifty Canada was devoutly conservative through the 1960s, while the United States experimented with big-dreaming, big-spending liberalism. Then the two countries swapped positions, Canada going on a liberal jag while the United States embraced a Reaganite skepticism of government. Until recently, Canada had a conservative prime minister to offset Americas liberal president. Then, in November, Justin Trudeau, the head of the Liberal Party, became Canadas new leader, upsetting the usual do-si-do along the 49th parallel.