American visitors to Vancouver have been targeted with leaflets left on the windshields of cars with US licence plates, reading in part: "Go home - you are the most hated and feared people on Earth. You are not wanted here." Vancouver officials are worried that this type of activity "may give the impression that American tourists are not welcome here".
Item 2: National Post, Aug. 18
U.S. day visits sink to 1972 levels
The number of day trips Americans are making to Canada has hit a low not seen since 1972 .... From January to June this year, Americans made only 6.6 million same-day car trips to Canada, Statistics Canada reported. That's the lowest first-half figure since the agency began keeping records 34 years ago.... One economist said yesterday this is the beginning of a period in which Canada's $63 billion tourism industry will have to lessen its dependence on U.S. travellers and step up targeting tourists from within Canada and overseas.
Admittedly, a lot of factors are at work here, from high gas prices to a mistaken belief among many Americans that new rules require a passport to cross the Canadian border. But before we go targeting overseas tourists, here's an idea: let's stop treating American visitors like crap.