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Leafers do need to learn to drive 30 kilometers an hour in a 49 mile per hour zone backs up traffic worse then twinc cities drivers.
Canadians do not want to be thought of as Americans.Many Canadians travelling in Europe wear red maple leafs to proclaim their nationality.The two countries are neighbors(or should I say neighbours);they are not alike.America has a President and a Congress,Canada is a parliamentary democracy with a Prime Minister and Queen Elizabeth as head of state.
Love Canada, just wish it wasn't so cold up there!!
I wish the United States was more like Canada than, say, Brazil...which seems to be the direction that we're moving.
Canada is definitely doing something right. They bailed themselves out of an AA credit rating to AAA where as USA went from AAA to AA-. Over the same period the CDN $ was worth $.64 USD, now today the CDS $ is now stronger the the USD and now worth $1.01 USD. We see more Canadians coming across the borders today to shop because of their stronger dollar. The credit rating companies attribute the rise in Canadian credit rating due to regulations whereas the USA credit rating is dropping due to the strong political pressures to de-regulate... thank you GOP.
Canada is a wonderful country. While I hope it maintains cultural independence from the U.S., it will have to fix its health insurance system, which is in shambles as evidenced by Ontario's crisis debt-levels. Eastern provinces also are in huge trouble too because of health costs. We could learn from this, but we choose not to.
Good will... between individuals, but not governments. Cross the border either way by car and see how much scrutiny you receive whether you're Canadian or American...
Three of the best years of my life were spent in Canada--Winnipeg (1965-1968), where I watched Bud Grant's last two Blue Bomber teams. Oh Canada! Over and out.
If Canada's health care system is in fiscal trouble, I'd guess it's because of their right-wing (very) prime minister. Harper signed the agreement with George Bush to extract and ship via pipelines tar sands oil, the dirtiest oil and most damaging extraction method in the world. One of Canada's native tribes can no longer fish or get drinking/cooking water from the river ruined by the oil company returning chemically poisoned water used in extraction.
We already receive tar sands oil via Koch Brothers pipelines, but the big Keystone pipeline that is to carry this oil to Texas for export is the one that needs to be stopped. Keystone will be buried 12 feet underground, which means that WHEN it leaks, the sensors which detect the leak and send info upward have to be 100% reliable. Our UN ambassador and her husband are heavily invested in the company that will bill Keystone, as is a member of the State Department who has lobbied Congress on this company's and the pipeline's behalf. Canada would do itself the world's greatest favor by un-electing Mr. Harper.
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