An entertaining comparison of the USA and Canada. Hold on to you’re seats folks!
There are many differences between the US and Canada. Rick Mercer: ?Talking to Americans? highlights the fact that Americans to Canadians appear naive and do not know much about Canadian trivia. Rick asks Americans questions and they give what Canadians think are ignorant answers.
Though the Americans probably think we are pretty naive and ignorant too. In this article 3 topics will be talked about, Geography, Politics and the perhaps most talked about, Cultural Differences.
The Canadians and Americans have very different populations. The US has a thriving 300 million whereas Canada has about 32 million. Canada and the US have somewhat similar population distribution patters. Canada?s population is mostly concentrated in major urban centers, as the US population is too. However, Canada has only 4 major cities, Ottawa, Toronto, Victoria and Montreal.
Whereas the US has over 10 major centers, more cities means more space, means more concentration that means more population than Canada. The US is closer to Mexico and Mexicans or Hispanic people are moving to the US to look for better lives so the population is affected. The US also has more coloured people than Canada. This is the result of the US being the country of origin for slavery, whereas being colored in Canada did not automatically make you eligible to be captured and be a slave, as it did in the US.
Some blacks in the US are descendants of previous slaves that came from Africa long ago in the 1860’s. The partial other cause of Canada having less population is because Canada is less desirable for people used to the warmer US climate, because it is more north and therefore more cold, there is also not as many jobs in Canada. Although the US has more population than Canada and is more culturally diverse, it still has about the same land mass as Canada.
In terms of politics, the American president surely has his job harder than the Canadian political figures. The reason for this is because the US is more involved in many foreign affairs. The US is involved with the war in Iraq, devastating hurricanes and natural disasters, keeping USA?s massive economical system stable and it?s also trying to help war-torn and 3rd world countries all at the same time. The US is also definitely more involved in world trade.
This is a result of many of their major cities having access to major seas, ports and waterways. The only major trading Canada is known for is the St. Lawrence seaway which 1 quarter of North America depends on for supplies from other countries. Canada also has much of it?s imports coming in from Vancouver.
Naturally the US can be hard to govern because there are so many more people to deal with. If the government in Canada had to deal with higher crime rate, it would be easier the government would not have to take large measures. This is because there is not as many criminals to deal with. Canadians deal with crises in a cooperative kind of way whereas if there is a problem in the US the US population looks up to the president to solve it.
Cultural differences should be the most argued about of segments of this article between Canada and the US. The Americans tend to be more bold and in-your-face style. It has been statistically shown in a newspaper article that Americans buy into more muscle cars and big cars slightly more than Canadians. The Canadians are apparently more concerned about conserving fuel than Americans.
Americans typically go to a place like Dunkin? Donuts or Krispy Kreme Donuts for breakfast whereas Canadians go to Tim Hortons for breakfast. Americans typically go for greasy fast food and don?t care how much fat content the meal has as long as it?s there and arrived fast. Canadians are more into healthy, hearty and heaping food plates. Poutine is Canada?s national food and the traditional Canadian is said to also love poutine.
Baseball is America?s national sport and baseball in has a long history being played in America. Canada?s national sport is lacrosse and has originated to be played by the native tribes of Canada such as the Iroquois and Micmac.
Overall, Canadians are more like old-fashioned pioneers dealing with problems in old fashioned ways. The Americans are definitely more urbanized, commercialized and devised many different inventions and ways of dealing with any problem imaginable. Canada keeps a low profile and the US speaks mostly on our behalf, Canada is the shy and modest one.
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If I have offended anyone, I apologize sincerely, and please leave a comment saying it has offended you and what part and I will change it to be more suitable.