06/13/2017 02:51 EDT | Updated 06/28/2019 15:19 EDT

That Polite Canadian Stereotype? You Can Thank WWII And America For It

Make no mistake: Canadians are no pushovers. We were just blessed after WWII.

Canadians have a reputation as easy-going, friendly, and polite people — sometimes to a fault. How did the stereotype of the “nice Canadian” come about (That's about, not *aboot*)?

University of Toronto professor Robert Bothwell has an idea in the video above.

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