posted on Oct, 22 2008 @ 12:41 PM
Interesting question. First, you must keep in mind that most Canadians (myself included) are more or less raised on American media. (ie; TV, movies,
CNN, etc). Our opinions do differ somewhat on lots of things but it's more shades of grey than black and white, as far as differences are
Laws are pretty similar, with the exception of gun 'rights'. If you love your guns, stay rural in Canada. No death penalty here, either. Though I
think maybe there should be for the worst of criminals, but that's just my opinion.
Lots of work available, particularly in Alberta (where I am). Though I think the Maritime provinces are still rather lean in this area. Our health
care system is a bonus but we seem to always be short of doctors. (Try finding a family doctor in Calgary who's accepting new files).
There's racism (like everywhere), but from my point of view, not as much or as extreme as some areas in the US. Most people are pretty friendly and
There's TONS of space if you want to get away for a weekend or whatever. So many naturally beautifull places to go, usualy for little money. Loads of
places where housing is cheap and work is available if you're willing to learn farming, ranching, oil & gas, and the like. Urban centers such as
Calgary are rather expensive but there's a niche for anyone who wants to find one and is willing to work.
The winters are cold but you get used to it. People gather in coffee shops, pubs and pool halls to stay warm and visit with friends. There aren't too
many 'jerks' just out to ruin other peoples fun, though you will find some. There isn't too much crime in most places. I'd consider most places
safe to raise a family.
We're actually looking at moving to Saskatchewan. My wife, our young son and a friend of ours. We're thinking of buying a hotel/restaurant in a
smaller, more laid back rural community. There are scores of businesses available like this in Saskatchewan towns, for around $150k CDN.
Politically, we're very similar though Canada is less bound to the 2 party system. (Again with the shades of grey). But are we more liberal? I guess
it's hard to say. In some areas yes, in other areas no. It depends on what you're looking for. I hope any of this helps answer you're question.