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Are Canadian Auto Journalists Better Than American Auto Journalists?

According to a prominent US auto journalist, most journos don’t own cars. Not so in Canada.


  • Jason Cammisa, on his Carmudgeon Show, says auto journalists don’t own cars.

  • The very vast majority of Canadian auto journalists own a least a car.

  • And yes, I’ve known Cammisa for 20 years. Jealous?


In his Carmudgeon Show, Cammisa, along with Derek Tam-Scott, not only discuss their heroes in Episode 24 but Jason touches on the fact that “magazine auto journalists” don’t own cars and therefore cannot properly evaluate them. This piqued my curiosity and got me wondering about my Canuck compadres. Following a brief instant of “research”, it appears as though there is but a handful of Canadian automotive journalists who do not own a car.

Mister Cammisa explains, from minute 47 or so, that he feels these non-car-owning journalists have influenced car makers into building “homogenized” cars that are boring and without character. I only partially agree with him as I think car buyers are no longer interested in dealing with any compromises and this is what has forced manufacturers to build mostly soul-less cars. Having said that, I’m totally on board with his thoughts on the current Acura NSX.

2019 Acura NSX | Photo: Acura

By using the very “scientific” means at my disposal, aka Facebook, I asked my auto journo friends and colleagues to let me know if, and if so, how many cars they own. As Canada’s journalists are mostly a tight bunch and that we more or less all know each other, I was able to fill in some blanks to come up with the following:

By taking this knowledge and the results of the survey, I’ve determined that roughly 75% of Canadian journalists own, on average, not one, not two, but three cars/SUVs/trucks, and this excludes motorcycles, golf carts, snowmobiles, and actual purpose-built race-cars. Many own five or more, some over 10. In Canada, approximately 5% of regular recognized journalists do not own or lease a car.

And so, does this mean we are better at evaluating new cars? That might be a stretch however it’s quite clear that, We The North, are bigger enthusiasts, far more car-obsessed, and deeper petrol-heads than many of our contemporaries in the South.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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