posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 09:48 PM
Originally posted by loagun
Where the hell do you get off calling the country with the strongest economy and financial system in the world losers?
(I'm hesitant to reply to this, given the mod warnings in the thread. I'll try to keep it both civil and relevant. )
This line is the perfect illustration of why Canada finds itself in this situation, as it encapsulates perfectly the level of public apathy at play.
Canada does not have the stongest economy in the world, nor does it have the strongest financial system in the world. Nor does it have the fastest
internet, or the most respected peacekeepers, or the best reputation for X or the most envied Y. It -HAD- all of those things, and quite a bit more, a
generation or two ago. And then Canadians rested on their laurels while the world passed right on by. And as long as Canadians refuse to believe
that's happened, it's only going to get worse.
I'm continually stunned when I return home and hear people convinced that the rates they pay and services they receive for internet access (to say
nothing of mobile phones) are the best in the world. They're not, by a massive margin. A small handful of companies control access to TV, internet,
and both mobile and land based phones - and have been manipulating the prices of all three for decades while convincing Canadians that it's in their
best interests to "keep it Canadian", because if it's Canadian, it's got to be The Best In The World.
It's not. And this latest debacle - which will further stifle Canadian productivity, creativity, access, and economic prosperity across the board -
is a prime example of why it isn't. Until people wake up to the fact that this is happening not only in the telecommunications sector but in just
about every industry in Canada, the situation is only going to get worse.