Yesterday my American mother-in-law sent me a post about Canadians and I thought I would share. Author Robert Reich wrote a great post and I am posting several comments here from a long list
Robert Reich–Back from Canada, and debating Newt Gingrich and Laura Ingraham. One thing that strikes me every time I visit Canada is now extraordinarily polite Canadians are, and also how they take for granted that the members of a society have certain obligations to one another. The contrast with the America of Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, and Laura Ingraham couldn’t be starker. Yet we live just across the border from each other, and our American accents are almost identical. How to explain the difference?
What do you think?
Dennis Mooney— I’m a Canadian living in the USA and I see the difference daily. Canada never had the issue of slavery that in itself divided the country. Slaves dreamed of escape to Canada. We have an east west due but nothing like the north south divide here. Its not about race it color. Canadians differ on matters of economics not race.
People joke that Canadians are always saying thank you or excuse me. We are more polite for sure. No one says “have a good day” which always sounds so insincere here.
Religion is also a big difference. No one says “I’m blessed” or “have a blessed day” because religion does not define a Canadian. Down here in the south we have churches in most corners. Canada had enough but not too to many. Religion is a private matter in Canada. ‘In the USA it colors everyone thoughts.
We are also a country of two official languages. We have a minister of defense who is ex military and a Seikh. We had a national party headed by a person on Indian descent.
We are tolerant. That’s the main difference. We are also well read. W don’t show Fox News. The Toronto Globe and Mail is one of the best most honest newspapers in the world. The CBC is highly rated and impartial.
We carry on conversations that have substance. Its not always about football or reality TV. We actually have dinner discussions about global issues.
Canadians travel more. We vacation in Cuba not the Bahamas.
Hand guns are not something anyone thinks about. We don’t worry about kids getting home of their parents gun. Ever.
We are so different and we fight to keep it that way.
Sarah Doyle— I think the increased taxes we pay in Canada for socialized healthcare etc. are a worthwhile investment to look after each other as a community, instead of the USA lower tax option to look out more for “number one”.
Jim Friend— A few things. Our Parliamentary system means more parties and more ideas coming into the mainstream. No insane gun laws. Canadian winters mean everyone helps each other, because everyone get’s stuck. Did you know that it was our 3rd party who brought about Universal healthcare in Canada ?
Jay Sremmus— Having a conversation w/ a Taxi Driver in Toronto one day, I commented how pleasant Canadians were. He said “Because we’re a content society.”
How could so much could be summed up in 5 words.