Traditional Canadian food?

We were talking about Chinese food the other day — you know, what kinds were traditional to which region, what was considered “authentic” Chinese food (whatever “authentic” means). An Asian co-worker suddenly spoke up and asked about Canadian food, then made a joke about the country not being old enough to have any “traditional Canadian food,” or even “Canadian food”. We thought for a short while, keeping in mind that Canada was founded primarily by French and English people encroaching on First Nations land. Subsequent to that, we’ve built up a population comprised of just about every other nation and ethnic group around the world, so the concept of “traditional Canadian food” was a bit of a no-starter.
I suggested that Pemmican was probably the most traditional of Canadian food. Then I had to explain what it was — to everyone around me, not just the Asian co-worker. Kind of like saying Lacrosse is Canada’s national sport. Does anyone even know the rules of Lacrosse?
We sort of came up with a few categories that might help us better define what authentic Canadian cuisine might look/taste like. If we were to start where I started, with the First Nations/Fur Traders genre of food, you might get something like Pemmican, Bannock, etc.
Note that I’m intentionally leaving out indigenous animals, such as bison, salmon, venison, bear, caribou, moose, etc., even though there are apparently some really good recipes out there. My primary reason for this is that just about any of these guys can also be found in the nearby États Unis.
I’m also intentionally leaving out Tim Hortons’s coffee, not because it’s not traditional or not Canadian. I just don’t think Canadians should be known for Tim Hortons’s coffee.
I do think we should be known for our Bloody Caesar, invented by Walter Chell at the Owl’s Nest Bar in the Westin Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. If anyone has heard of any other Canadian-invented drinks, I’d like to hear about them.
Of course, there’s all the east coast foods, such as Codfish Cakes, Solomon Gundy, etc. I’m leaving cod on this list. There are things Newfoundlanders do to cod that are really weird.
Also, the Quebecois food is pretty interesting. Creton, Poutine, Tarte Au Sucre. Pretty much anything there that the France French look down on could be considered.
Desserts too … Maple Walnut Ice Cream, Nanaimo Bars, Butter Tarts. I can’t prove that any of these were actually invented in Canada, of course.
In any case, the list can be as complicated or as unusual as you want to make it. Anyone want to try French Fried Skunk? No?