The Truth About Cars covered the differences in the Eastern Canadian market from the rest of America:
Unlike in America, where internet commenters demand a no-frills small car and then fail to follow through on their promise to buy one, people in Quebec really do buy these things – at one point, 1 in 2 Hyundai Accents in Canada were being sold in Quebec, and you can bet that a good portion of them had three pedals and a block-off plate where the climate control system should have been.
Flaky Americans. As a result of this, Quebec gets car variants not available anywhere else:
One of the quirks of the Canadian marketplace is the abundance of “Quebec specials”; stripped out models with no air-conditioning, a manual transmission and little else.
So I wasn’t projecting when I noticed that cars in Montreal were indeed on the smaller side.