Canada of the United States of America

Canada of the United States of America - CANADA OF THE...

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CANADA - OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA C The Canadian identity has always been difficult to define. We, as Canadians, have continued to define ourselves by reference to what we are not - American - rather than in terms of our own national history and tradition. This is ironic since the United States is continuing to be allowed by Canadians to take over our economy and literally buy our country. Culturally Canada has its own distinct government and institutions which differ and are better from those in the United States, but economically the country has been all but sold out to America. The major cultural differences to be examined are that of Canada's strong government, institutions such as welfare and universal healthcare, and our profound respect for law and authority. These establishments make Canada a separate nation from the USA. Economically, it will be examined how Canada has become a victim to Americanization through the purchase of Canada with our own money, the shocking statistics of Canada's foreign ownership, and the final payment for our country, free trade. All in all we have our own government, our own flag, our own anthem; but are we really Canadian or a not quite United State of America? A In Canada, strong government involvement plays an immense role in determining the destiny of its people for the good of the society. p In Canada you are reminded of the government every day. It parades before you. It is not content to be the servant, but will be the master. .. Henry David Thoreau, 18861 H Although slightly outdated, as of 1982 47.3 percent of Canada's GNP was in government hands, compared with 38% in the United States. Government spending in Canada was 24.4% greater than in the U.S. and if you subtract the U.S.'s excessive national defense spending, the gap between the two countries considerable widens.2 The United States has adopted a more Freudian "survival of the fittest" concept towards government where the rights of the individual are predominant and industry is publicly owned and run with little help from the government. Although there is some government control and ownership of industry in both countries it is much more common in Canada where "the state has always dominated and shaped the . .. economy."3 i Of 400 top industrial firms, 25 were controlled by federal or provincial governments. Of the top 50 industrialists, all ranked by sales, 7 were either wholly owned or controlled by the federal or provincial governments. For financial institutions, 9 of the top 25 were federally or provincially owned or controlled . ...4 t Also, Canadian subsidies to business and employment in public enterprise were five times the level in the U.S.
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Government involvement is a crutial part of the distinctness of our Canadian identity. i Similar variations occur with respect to Canada's welfare policies. They are clearly implemented for the good of the society, giving aid to any citizen in need. This system is considered superior to that of the United
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2009 for the course ENG 102 taught by Professor Wilis during the Fall '08 term at Academy of Art University.

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