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And their shit don’t stink. Canadians and the accident in Acapulco

15 January 2007

Canadian papers are reporting on a new study that shows that country’s residents are “somewhat racist”.  Given the bruhaha over the kid who got hit by a car, the way the press is milking the story… and the reaction among Canadians, I question that “somewhat” part… oh well… the stereotype of Canadians is of a people too damn polite to take a stand. 

From the (Canadian) Digital Journal:

The Uncle said he did not see the injuries on the leg, shoulder and lower back injuries when the 19-year-old died in Mexico last Monday.

Full story: 

Even though the autopsy with Ontario’s chief coroner said the body fatal injuries were likely caused by a hit-and-run, not a beating, the family does not believe it.

“There’s more damage to the body than when I left there,” Sandro Bellio (uncle) said, insisting they were added to cover up a “murder” in the tourist city.

An autopsy was done in Mexico also and the body was embalmed. Microscopic work is now being done to see if he was beaten. Aneurologist told the aunt the head injuries were caused by “something steel, metal or rock.”  [Like a car, maybe?]

The family is very upset with the Canadian government because they say the government is doing nothing.

[Poster’s comment:] I feel badly for the family but I do not see why a Canadian coroner would lie.

My comment: uh… why would the Acapulco medical examiner have lied, and why would the Canadians have assumed there was a coverup or some deep dark conspiracy involved in all this. I notice the Canadian press has stopped talking about a supposed robbery of the kid’s hotel room… probably they found the kid’s stuff in the hotel safe.

I’m not going to indulge in too much stereotyping here, but Canadians do get a reputation for being too goody-goody for the rest of us… missing the fact that they’ve got their faults just like the rest of the human race.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 January 2007 10:17 am


  2. Marsbar permalink
    17 January 2007 6:40 am

    You guys kill me!!! A boy gets killed in a HUGE bar that our Canadian dollars probably built, and all you can talk about is the fact that we are too goody goody. In OUR COUNTRY, it is safe to walk on the street at night and not get murdered by some loose canon Mexican who doesn’t even know what a dollar looks like! P-L-E-A-S-E!!! Wake-up and smell the coffee. There are folks in your country who would do ANYTHING for a buck!

    Canadian Foreign Ministry statistics show an average 1,000,000 Canadians visit Mexico per year, from 1994 to the present. Based on the reports of 28 Canadians killed in Mexico during that time (that may include accidents and murders by fellow Canadians — the Toronto Star and other Canadian news reports are not clear) AND… assuming each visitor has been to Mexico four times you get a murder rate of 0.85 per 100,000 … below the Canadian average, and below that of every Province in the country with the exception of Prince Edward Island (murder rate: 0.74 per 100,000).

    What is fascinating is the spin on this. According to Toronto Star statistics, in raw numbers more Canadians have been killed in the United States, and by number of visitors compared to number of deaths, Mexico is far down the list. Other places are far more dangerous to your countrymen/women.

  3. 18 January 2007 7:08 pm

    “Canadians do get a reputation for being too goody-goody for the rest of us… missing the fact that they’ve got their faults just like the rest of the human race …” – Those comments sound about right. Americans might have their faults, but at least they and their media have a passing interest in Mexico. That’s more than can be said for Canadians, who generally view the whole country as nothing more than varying degrees of Tijauna, Cancun and poor milpas.

  4. manuel permalink
    31 January 2007 5:59 pm

    canadians relax, the american dollar is far more useful that the canadian dollar, we don’t know what the canadian dollar looks like because you can’t afford to spend it when you visit Mexico.

    I feel badly for the family.

  5. 5 February 2007 12:17 pm

    Not sure why you’d want to exacerbate this.. people are naturally racist, until they are given the chance to meet each other. What do people in Alaska, Winnipeg, Texas, think about Mexicans? What do you think about people in Mongolia?

    There is a particular focus now because of the Ianeiro case. Read all about it. Maybe it’ll be part of things changing, maybe not. Just not sure what the point of this post is.

  6. Just A. dude permalink
    18 February 2007 4:19 am

    It’s a shame there are so many heavy opinions out there, the media is the problem, they spoon feed the shit to us to try and create hysteria that sells…. (note terror alerts in US) The kid who got killed, its sad, and his grieving parents were probably messed up from it all, but the media, is the culprit who stirred the pot, based on bullshit and not doing their own investigation, from all sides, just playing he said , she said….. Mexico and its people are awesome, and you have your bad apples, like we in Canada do, and we have our places where you can’t go out safely at night, or its risky…..we have our crooked politicians, but we aren’t so open about it(they are better at keeping secrets) . We shouldn’t look at each other to fight in these moments, we should express it at the media, who whips up this hysteria.
    I wish us all more opportunities and happiness in our lives.

  7. J.lalande permalink
    5 March 2007 2:31 pm

    Hey about your slur on Canadians being too goody 2 shoes. Lokk here freak! You smart ass “americans are the leader in polluting our atmosphere” says Al Gore.
    Before you go bashing around the decent folk in the North Americas ,look in yr own back yard.
    Your innocent demeanour about Mexican political cover ups is soooooooo archaic.How long have you been there ?Boy are you caught with your pants down. Get with the program muchacho. Keep yr dick in yr pants& yr nasty mouth shout.
    You’ll be running for our border when the draft calls.
    Much wiser for the experience,
    J. Lalande

  8. 3 March 2008 6:54 pm

    you do realize your bring “global warming” into a crime rate discussion, and muchacho is spanish hence Mexico, your Canadian.

  9. North American permalink
    6 June 2008 9:52 am

    Last time I checked the Canadian dollar was at par …maybe even worth more-but that’s besides the point. When I think of Americans only one word comes to mind “Jock”…The US is one big Jock that runs their mouth when half the time they don’t even know what’s going on. I mean, if they don’t know that Canada is a pretty well developed country ( cause you guys still think we live in igloos)-then I don’t even know why people bother opening their mouths. We have a “goody goody” reputation because it’s what your media (yes your television) shows you. Smart people know that. When you consider the fact that it only a couple of hours drive from Toronto to New York…you can’t think that the minute you cross the border that life is drastically different…our values may differ but thats common everywhere.
    I think the issue we have with so many people getting killed in Mexico is because we haven’t heard of that many deaths in any other tourist destination…I’ve never heard of any Canadian tourists getting killed in Cuba (yes we are allowed to go to Cuba)…it’s a concern because when a gunman opened fire in the hotel, it took the police an hour to get there…not really the norm that we are used too… (US and Canadian alike). Its not about harping on Mexico…its their inability to do doing anything about it…which can only make the situation worse. What if it were Americans getting shot or beaten or runned down? I think the tone would change…and you know what- your government would probably be better at reacting than ours…your reaction would be quick and severe, and not much thought would go into it…

  10. terryfoxrustyleg permalink
    19 July 2010 12:07 pm

    canadians like everyone else in the world live in their own bubble


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