This election cycle is a trying time for many Americans. Caught between â€śMake America Great Againâ€ť and â€śIâ€™m With Her,â€ť some of us just donâ€™t know where to turn.
Many Americans have pledged to flee to the Great White North if their unfavorable presidential candidate wins, a sentiment heardÂ almost every four years.
But letâ€™s not kid ourselves, Canadaâ€™s pretty cool. Weâ€™ve got that country to thank for Drake, ice hockey, instant replay, the athletic cup, basketball (James Naismith was Canadian-American) and the paint roller, among other things.
Our polite Canadian friends like us,Â too. In fact, they think Americaâ€™s pretty great already.
Living up to their â€śnice to a faultâ€ť stereotype, a group of Canadians has started aÂ social media campaignÂ to encourage Americans this election season.
In a video titled â€śTell America Itâ€™s Great,â€ťÂ Toronto-based creative agencyÂ The Garden Collective rounds up a bunch of Canadians, who earnestly and unironically tell Americans what they love about the U.S.A.
â€śHey, guys! Weâ€™re just up here in CanadaÂ talking about how great you guys are down there, and we thought weâ€™d just send you a little bit of a love note,â€ť one man in the video says to start things off.
Among the things these particular Canadians like about us, according to the video:We invented the Internet Weâ€™re â€śgoing to get humanity to Marsâ€ť When things are tough, we â€śfight to make them betterâ€ť Our musical gifts to the world, like jazz music, bluegrass, R&B and hip-hop Our diversity
The video was posted to the â€śTell America Itâ€™s Greatâ€ť websiteÂ on Oct. 13. The hashtag #TellAmericaThatItsGreat was started as a twist onÂ Donald Trumpâ€™s â€śMake America Great Again,â€ť The Garden Collective founderÂ Shari Walczak told the â€śNew York Timesâ€ť Monday. â€śWe look at [the election] through a Canadian lens, but all of us have friends, family and colleagues who live in America. We realized theyâ€™re immersed in it day-in and day-out and how awful that must feel.â€ť
After the campaign took off on Twitter, other Canadians chimed in with a few of their favorite American things.
U guys have freaking NASA, a publicly funded agency working to better the whole world. You guys are awesome #tellamericaitsgreat
â€” Leanne J (@leannestravels) October 18, 2016
The American can do attitude â€“ courage and patience to put your head down and work toward your dreams is inspiring #TellAmericaItsGreat
â€” Austin (@au1158) October 18, 2016
@NorthDakota it is gorgeous. And so are you. Great people, great state, great neighbours. #tellamericaitsgreat I âť¤ you friends
â€” chatty catty (@janwinnipeg) October 18, 2016
"I am race" is an anagram for "America." Y'all are literally made of diversity! #tellamericaitsgreat https://t.co/XhZxRIEAtW
â€” Alyssa Chan (@AlyssaKChan) October 18, 2016
And Americans returned the sentiments right back.
Awesome move by a Canadian ad agency. We needed this! #ChapmanDigital #tellamericaitsgreat https://t.co/YURbqhNF0f
â€” Melissa Jerome (@BlueHenMel) October 18, 2016
Don't know about you, but the #tellamericaitsgreat campaign has boosted my spirits https://t.co/ffbu4MClqw
â€” Betsy Hubbard (@BetsyHubbard) October 18, 2016
When your friend and upstairs neighbor knows you could just use a hug. Thx , we needed that! #TellAmericaItsGreat https://t.co/C4Ncwb9KGa
â€” Alex (@AlxWrghtTwtr) October 18, 2016
I love Canada so much. #TellCanadaThankYou #TellAmericaItsGreat our neighbors to the North are stellar
â€” Alex Bergland (@alexbirdlegs) October 18, 2016
Take a Â look at the full video below, and maybe tell your Canadian friends that you appreciate â€™em, eh?