After installing Mint Debian I checked to see if my printer would work with the default cups.
It did recognized the printer but failed to work.
This is how to fixed the problem:
Go to https://launchpad.net/~michael-gruz/+ar ... non/+index
Which has Ubuntu Canon drivers.
Then click 'View package details'
Click on cnijfilter-common-3.50-2Ubuntu3
and download the .deb file.
Then go to cnijfilter-common-2.70-3Ubuntu3
and download the ip1800 .deb file.
Now first click on the cnijfilter-common-3.50-2Ubuntu2 file and install
Next install the cnijfilter-common-2.70-3Ubuntu3 file
Reboot your computer, switch on the printer, your printer drivers will now be installed.
This should work for other Canon printers, select your model of printer, do remember to install the 'Common' file first.