You know all those really dirty law enforcement fantasies involving hand cuffs and stuff? ... Yeah, this doesn't call those to mind at all.

Canada may be the only country in the world that is represented by its police force. I think Margaret Atwood said that first, so I’m not going to take credit for being as brilliant, but that makes the point no less valid. And this is kind of a big deal!

With so much social unrest and upheaval, the fact that Canadians are still so in love with their mounties is slightly reassuring and adorable… So, in other words, characteristically Canadian.

But, seriously, not only are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (as they are officially called; “Mountie” is an affectionate monicker) symbols for the rest of the nation, but they are also insanely hot. I don’t know if it’s my love of the righteous, upstanding “Dudley Do-Right” stereotype, the uniform, or because they are just so endearing and Canadian, but I have a soft spot in my heart for the Mountie.

He’s definitely on my list of Halloween-costume-inspired characters to marry, along with Russian Spy, Texan Cowboy, and Australian cross-country backpacker.