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Hagerty
Hagerty Employee

These Canadian-spec British Fords owe their survival to two dedicated kids

In Canada, we still print Queen Elizabeth II on our money. We spell "aluminium" with the extra syllable. We can stroll into a Tim Horton's and purchase a piping cup of properly steeped orange pekoe tea. Canada's population may not be primarily British, but British tastes linger here.
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NightRanger
Intermediate Driver

Lived in many different provinces of Canada east to west. Never had anyone spell or say “aluminium”. It is always “aluminum”. Never in Canada you say?!
AG1962
Instructor

Depends where you live and who you are. Among the British-born and the Canadian-born members of my family and their friends, esp. those who had served in WWII, in the Montreal of the 1960s, it was “aluminium” (which chimed with the French spelling), and I frequently hear it now in Victoria — but mainly from older Brits, to be fair. There are many, many more common British aspects of Canadian society that bear mention, however, from normal spellings like “labour” and “honour” through wigged justices in some courts, and other aspects of our legal system, our federal electoral districts being called “ridings”, all aspects of Parliamentary procedure and the prime ministerial system, our love for royal visits, to the British Union flag on many provincial banners — or the “Royal” moniker for branches of the armed forces (now fortunately restored, to the great satisfaction of most soldiers, sailors, and flyers).
SD1
New Driver

I live in Victoria, was born in Vancouver to British parents, Im involved in the Brit car scene & clubs here and have never heard anyone say aluminium, older and younger alike.... but then I also dont know anyone who says "Eh" and I have Rover SD1s so dont trust anything I say
Snailish
Engineer

AG1962 makes valid points.

Province of Ontario government used to have departments (i.e., Land and Forests) but changed to Ministries. So some of the Britishness hasn't been a steady or always-there-like that thing. We have had people wanting to get rid of the British monarchy for decades but actually have the most difficult constitution to do that with (even the U.K. has a simpler legal road to abolishing them).

Spelling and pronunciations in Canada are a strange mix of British, French and American among other sources. I feel like we are seeing the American spellings more often except by those purposely keeping them (i.e., colour). Words like tyre and bonnet are only used by a select few. My nanna used to call it a chesterfield, my mother a couch but sofa is now the word most companies use.

Words like foyer we mostly say with the French accent (foy-yay) which makes sense for words derived from French.

brb
Instructor

Good article. I always liked the looks of the Cortina's. Pity they were never sold in the US. Kudos to Lawton and Fonseka for their work.
Lash
Intermediate Driver

My brother had a Cortina. It was a total piece of crap.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

I often wonder why we didn't get the Ford of Europe cars here in the states. Much more interesting than the small car crap we got from Ford under the Pinto or Escort labels.
Sundogstudio1
New Driver

I inherited my Mom's early 70's Cortina when my parents retired to Vancouver Island, I had trouble getting it from Regina to Edmonton where I lived when the muffler baffle collapsed and it lost all power. My brother towed me back to Regina and just cut off the muffler and I drove it home with ear plugs in. It died of rust cancer several years later after being a dependable daily driver. Good memories.
cwcmaser_3500
Pit Crew

Not too sure about aluminium but honor is definitely non-Canadian ('honour' please).