A derogatory term
made by isolationist conservative Pat Buchanan
in response to Canada's criticism of U.S.
mandates for Arab-Canadian
. The television host
of the ratings-poor Buchanan and Press MSNBC show
made the remark on the show's October 30, 2002 airing.
Buchanan criticized Canada for, as he describes, being defended by the United States and paying nothing for that defense
. He also criticized Canada for being a haven
, saying, "Even their own retired security guys say it's a complete haven. We . . . need lectures from some people, not from Soviet Canuckistan."
In response to Buchanan's remarks, Maude Barlow
of The Council of Canadians
, attacked back, saying "We don't have snipers running around with guns...that's not our culture," a reference to the so-called Beltway snipers
then terrorizing the greater Washington, D.C.
Buchanan has condemned Canada on several other occasions, saying in 1990 that if Canada shattered following the failure of the Meech Lake Accord
, "America would pick up the pieces." He also said that "for most Americans, Canada is sort of like a case of latent arthritis
. We really don't think about it, unless it acts up."
Lately, the term "Soviet Canuckistan" is being thrown around by many young Internet users with a predisposition
to mock America's neighbor to the north