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They want to know about other places, including the food, customs, music, the political climate.
These interactions may differ depending on how the contact is made.
In the East Coast of Canada, for instance, humour can be self-effacing and people’s sensitivities are tougher with more tolerant limits.
Similarly, Quebec has a different threshold for humour and limits on the topics used.
Canadians are known for travelling and thus are curious about world geography and other lands.
When meeting someone a conversation may also touch on places to visit, be it locally or overseas.
Topics to be avoided on first contact are money, salary, religion, and politics, especially the separatist movement.
Appropriate topics of discussion will depend a lot on the crowd.As the cherished image of many Canadians is of a tolerant society that is also more socially minded than that of the US, discussions of social classes, racial or other discrimination and private medical care are to be approached with care.Generalizations about Canadians can also raise sensitive issues of regionalism.Asking questions about marriage or children can be interpreted as too personal by some.Generally, it is good to keep conversation light and, if possible, funny.Canadians are keenly aware of "otherness", and consequently it is common to hear: where are you from? Asking questions like this one is a way to assert identity, and establish the boundaries of belonging.This is a question posed to Canadians from other regions, and newcomers to Canada, as there is a strong sense in Canadian identity of what one is not.The best way to impress most Canadians is to show what you have noticed is different from the United States, as there is a great deal of sensitivity and concern about being lumped in with our powerful neighbour.Most Canadians see themselves as humbler, funnier, more tolerant and/or less aggressive than Americans.I would not recommend overly criticizing the US, however.Canada depends on its neighbour and has strong cultural and historical ties. Canadians tend to be very politically correct and concerned with fairness, although this varies from one region to the next and depends on the crowd.