posted on Aug, 12 2010 @ 10:33 AM
Most people would say that Canadians and Americans are similar, which in some instances is true due to our close proximity to each other and our
"open boarders", not to mention the fact that like the rest of the world, we are victims to "Americanization" but at the same time, we are truly
When it comes to general pop culture, television, movies, music, etc, we are indeed very similar, mostly because American media just kind of takes
over everything it encounters. However, in the more important aspects of life, Canadians are very much different. For example, our politics are very
different than that of our southern friends. Canadians are much more "socialist" as you Americans would say, as we pay higher taxes, socialized
health care, have a wide selection of crown corporations, and an overall more generally involved government with the public. I think it's safe to say
many Canadians don't have as much disdain for their Government as Americans do, another thing that separates us. I mean, I could be wrong, but the
general consensus is that Canadians are rather "content" with their government. Are we sheeple? Probably not, it's just our Government is generally
better run, but having a smaller population helps too.
Another major difference is restaurants. Now, this may seem trivial and small, but I think it speaks volumes. Right now, I am actually on vacation in
the United States and have been to a few restaurants. For example, if you go to Burger King in the United States, the size of their "small" fries
and drink is the same size as Canadian medium sizes. Now imagine the size of a large in the States. To be honest, many Canadians are appalled by the
size of American food portions. Americans love their food, and they love it large.
Of course there are many other differences, but much like the British article says, Canadians treasure their national identity, and to be called an
American is not a compliment.
Like others have said, we have earned the right to be called by the red and white maple leaf, not the stars and stripes. There is no blue in our flag.