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Soviet Canuckistan

"Soviet Canuckistan" is an unflattering epithet for Canada, used by Pat Buchanan on October 31, 2002, on his television show on MSNBC in which he denounced the people of that country as anti-American and a haven for terrorists.

He was reacting to a warning that had been issued by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Canadians born in Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and Syria should be cautious travelling to the United States because of a US law demanding photos and fingerprints of Canadian citizens born in those countries and visiting the US, and because US authorities had deported Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen of Syrian descent, to Syria some weeks previous while he was changing planes in New York City.

Following Mr. Buchanan's comment, many Canadians proudly adopted "Soviet Canuckistan" as an ironic, humorous self-reference.

Mr. Buchanan has a history of unflattering references to Canada, having said in 1990 that if Canada were to break apart due to the failure of the Meech Lake[?] constitutional accord, "America would pick up the pieces." He said two years after that that "for most Americans, Canada is sort of like a case of latent arthritis. We really don't think about it, unless it acts up."

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