There's an old expression that Canadian cows moo in French. Many are in swing ridings in southern Quebec, in the same way that Wisconsin is often a pivot state.
It's somewhat like the excessive payments the Iowa corn growers receive from the US government. Both ought to be changed from a rational economic perspective, but aren't because of politics. Canadians pay excessively high prices for milk and cheese (I can buy Tropicana orange juice cheaper in Canada than in the US, but I pay more milk than in the US). I'd seen that Canada eventually gave in at least somewhat on dairy support in negotiating the FTA with Europe (still to come into place). It seems in the current Conservative leadership contest, the candidates all favor maintaining the dairy support system, with the exception of the leading candidate from Quebec, who is more of a pure free trader.
Admirable. Good luck finding a stadium full of Americans who could sing O Canada.
Ross Smith's version was "Blue pastry gloves, in all thy sons command?"
I'd bet Ross was pulling your leg. In his original hometown the "Lynah Faithful" sing 2 national anthems before all home games.
Ross, pulling someone's leg?!? Surely not.
This is also an appropriate point to mention Boris's interview of Ross during the tenth leg of the Tiomila broadcast. He ran the long night leg for an OK Linne team, and I have never heard him so subdued. That said, the vuvuzela resonated strong and true in the Scandinavian night.