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USA and Canada: Geography, Politics, and Downright Culture Differences

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.

Legal Stuff: This article was written by me for entertainment and human interest purposes and was never intended to offend any colored, US, Canadian, or Hispanic persons. Was never written by me for the intention of frowning upon or putting down any Canadian, US, or Hispanic, or colored persons.

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.

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  1. Carly

    On June 13, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Canada has 3 major cities of over 2 million people: Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

    Ottawa and Victoria are considered small cities.

  2. Carly

    On June 13, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Also, “Overall, Canadians are more like old-fashioned pioneers dealing with problems in old fashioned ways” – what is this based on? It makes no sense and is wrong. The majority of Canada’s population live in urban centers and are equally as modern as Americans.

  3. Jenn

    On October 30, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Many of your facts are inaccurate – but the one I will point out is that the US is more “culturally diverse” than Canada. You might want to take a look at some statistics – you can start at Statistics Canada to see the multicultural nature of the Canadian demographic makeup. Canada has a considerably more open immigration policy, and as such, has much greater cultural diversity. Don’t believe me? Go look up some stats before you randomly post nonsense on the web like an ignorant fool.

  4. Jenn

    On October 30, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Have you ever even left the US?

  5. Almonds

    On November 2, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    you might want to cange the question marks(?) for quotation marks(’)

  6. Canada guy

    On December 7, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Wow, what a poorly researched article. Most have never left the US and used Canadian satire as your source.

  7. jimmy

    On December 9, 2008 at 11:05 am

    hey hey hey hey hey wassup

  8. Rose Mark

    On March 26, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    well i read all the article but i didn’t pointed out any thing

  9. Yalla, Sharmuta.

    On April 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    This was horrible. The article was based on the Rick Mercer Report, which is a satirical examination of current events. Psh, you’re gonna need to do more work than that.

  10. Erick

    On May 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    he has one point right, Canada is not that diverse as the USA, as soon as you get out of the big cities in canada theres hardly any diversity and mostly white, canada is still 80% white, compared to the USA which is only 60-70 white.

  11. Asa_1722

    On July 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

    When will this be edited to a more accurate one?

  12. The Article Master

    On December 7, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Yes, i was also in grade 8 when i wrote this, it is not cited, there are few sources, if any. It was a school assignment, i needed to do it for credit. It is horrible. I may post a more heavily reinforced version of this, based on actual statistics. I live in Canada and have been to the Bahamas twice because my father had business there, i have stayed in the USA 4 times so far, each being longer than 5 days in duration. I do have cultural experience, keep in mind i am in Grade 11 as of now, and i will give you links to some of my more recent works. Now that i look back at this article, it shows how little i knew in Grade 8.

  13. The Article Master

    On December 7, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Also, I find it amazing how long this has gone without someone instantly detecting a senior-elementary school mind at work here. I initially thought this article would get much more flak than this, i was posting my school assingments for Triond payment which would flow into my PayPal account very easily, well, in theory at least. I wanted an easy way to pay for RuneScape membership which i fortunately do not play anymore thanks to having a real life.

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