In the Star Trek Deep Space 9 episode "Blaze of Glory", Michael Eddington asks Benjamin Sisko about his "Lucky Loonie" that was left behind on the station when he was arrested. The question comes as a bit of surprise since it's a complete 90 degree turn from their discussion about the Maquis and the fate of the Alpha Quadrant.

I want to know if there was a special in or out of universe reason to include this bit of dialogue in the episode; was it slipped in by the actor or somebody else working on the show who happened to have a real life Lucky Loonie, or does Michael Eddington happen to be a Canadian in the Star Trek universe? Canada is very rarely mentioned in Hollywood shows as it is, and the fact that Eddington just happens to have a 200 year old Canadian coin (and specifically mentions that it is Canadian) seems very odd.

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    This scene was entirely in the character of the episode.
    – Tritium21
    Sep 5, 2015 at 20:46
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    Canada is repeatedly mentioned in SGA, just like America is repeatedly referenced in Doctor Who
    – Valorum
    Sep 5, 2015 at 21:32

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Per the memory alpha article on Michael Eddington:

Marshall and the viewers additionally learned Eddington was Canadian, a detail the writers included impulsively. As well as DS9's creative team having a few connections to Canada, the series had many fans in that country. "And the fact that of all the semiregulars, it's poor Eddington who buys the farm just seemed like a very Canadian thing," Ira Behr remarked. Added Robert Wolfe, "So we thought, what the heck." Wolfe concluded, "You just know he's going to die because he doesn't have his 'lucky loony' with him."

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    Nice. I'm sure you quoted Memory Alpha exactly, but of course it's "Loonie" rather than "loony".
    – Praxis
    Sep 6, 2015 at 3:14

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