Só para dizer que não sou implicante com a falta de entusiasmo dos canadenses, saiu essa matéria no The Province, jornal local, escrita por um canadense:
Medals should mellow culture of complaint
Olympics will change B.C. for the better
BY JON FERRY, THE PROVINCEFEBRUARY 10, 2010
Those as excited as I am about the Olympics may have noticed there are local folks with far less enthusiasm towards them than one might reasonably expect, given the incredible opportunity involved.
I think that is based on several factors, including the tough economy, the high level of security required to stage a modern Olympics and the general feeling among many Vancouverites that someone is getting rich off the Games, and it is not them.
There is also a culture of complaint in southern B.C., the home of powerful labour unions, Greenpeace and left-leaning colleges and universities. We protest everything, even the protesters.
But visitors will also find that if you scratch a British Columbian hard enough, you will find a patriotic soul, especially when it comes to sports. Once Canadians start to win medals, most of the hostility toward the Games will evaporate.
Vancouver prides itself on its laidback, west-coast attitude. And it is this that seems to have been seriously upset not only by traffic diversions and other disruptions, but also the official clampdown on Olympic-related advertising … and protesting.
As I said, I’m optimistic about the Olympics, and not simply because of all the medals I feel Canada will win. It’s because I believe the Games will transform a community that has tended to be a bit parochial. Indeed, I think they already have.
We in Vancouver have the Olympics to thank for an efficient new rapid-transit service from downtown to the airport, a grand new waterfront convention centre and a wider, safer road to Whistler.