blame Canada

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Etymology[edit]

From Blame Canada, a song from the satirical 1999 film South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

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blame Canada

  1. (US, idiomatic) A catch phrase for shifting attention away from a serious social issue by laying responsibility with Canada.
    • 2004, The Mockingbird Foundation, The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and Their Music, page 113
      So, if you don't like this performance, blame Canada!
    • 2005, Howard Lyman, Glen Merzer, Joanna Samorow-Merzer, No More Bull!: The Mad Cowboy Targets America's Worst Enemy, Our Diet, page 23
      National Cattlemen's Beef Association immediately resorted to a blame-Canada-first strategy, suggesting that US trading partners should now reopen their borders to unfairly maligned American beef.
    • 2006 February 18, "Blame Canada! Again, for Latest Wintry Blast Perhaps It Will Snow in Modesto", Modesto Bee
      A cold rainstorm from Canada swooped into the Northern San Joaquin Valley on Friday morning
    • 2007 November 14, Lewis Lazare, "Ads are 'sno' big deal" Chicago Sun-Times
      We surely can't blame Canada. Nike, we suspect, is where we must point the finger for what has become the somewhat too familiar norm in television advertising put forth by major global sporting goods brands.

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