Interesting comment here, though I'm not entirely sure I understand it.
More than closet Canadians, we are alienated Americans. I'm familiar with the anti-Toronto bias; all non-Torontonian Canadians seem to need to tell me how bad Toronto is. But that's one of the reasons I feel I'll be happy there: New York is hated by the rest of the US, and all the New Yorkers I know who have spent time in Toronto like it a lot. The main reason for choosing Toronto, though, is jobs.
To Beausejour: you lived in Washington Heights? Wherebouts? That's where we live. Why was your cross-country drive awful?