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Old 04-29-2002, 05:50 PM
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What's wrong with Canada?

Canada sounds too good to be true. It always seemed to me kind of like a cardigan-wearing, bookish neighbor. The only jokes I ever hear at Canada's expense are about how nice the people are, how cold it gets, or how they pronounce "about the house", all of which are pretty lame joke subjects.

If Canada were so great, wouldn't everybody be moving there? Come to think of it, on '60 minutes' they mentioned the Canadian per-capita immigration rate was double that of US, so maybe everyone is moving there.

So, come on you Canucks, give us the skootleboot, don't leave us writhing in envy: what's wrong with Canada?
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Old 04-29-2002, 06:52 PM
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As if they're gonna tell!

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Old 04-29-2002, 07:01 PM
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Since I really am a true Canuck - living in Beautiful British Columbia... I thought I would respond to your question.

The answer quite simply is NOTHING!

Canada - is a wonderful place to raise children. I have the benefit of the ocean - fishing, boating and island hoping. At the same time, we have the moutains (Whistler)! Now what can I say.

We do have RAIN - almost as much as Oregon. That being said, you kind of get used to it.

I wake up in the morning and look out my window. To right of me, I can see Mnt Baker - Washington and the mouth of the Fraser River. To the left, I see Golden Ears Park with it's vast moutain range.

May 1st - Spring salmon fishing begins!!!! Yippeee

OK Doug... That's what you get for asking what's wrong with Canada

On the negative side....

Our politics suck, our dollar value sucks more....
That's my 2cents.

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Old 04-29-2002, 07:21 PM
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I'm Canadian.
Canada is a great country.
The United States is a great country.
What Americans don't seem to understand though, is that outside of these borders the U.S. is not popular. It's something the U.S. struggles with.
A famous Canadian writer - so famous I can't recall his name right now - once put it well by saying, "Canadians love Americans, but loathe the U.S."
Don't take it personal, there's a lot of love going both ways and we're lucky to have one another.
If you ever want to reduce your blood pressure, take a trip up to anywhere in Canada. It's beautiful and the people are all nice; I know this is fact cuz I know each and every one of them, including the Canadian guy you met once named Ed.

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Old 04-29-2002, 07:39 PM
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Heck, I won't take it personally. I loathe America. At times, anyway. Sometimes America can be very cool.

I loathe how we've built an economy around exploiting human failings. I loathe the "not in my back yard" epidemic. I loathe the complacency and provincialism that are championed here as virtues.

But I love how we can come together in a crunch, when it really matters. I love the non-stop ingenuity that breaks every limit declared unbreakable. And I love how we can turn on a dime, change everything, and amaze the world.

So...it rains a lot there?
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Old 04-29-2002, 08:20 PM
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so what's wrong with Canada? not much , in my opinion,
except the politicians, (not much different than anywhere else), and the dollar, like Lisa said. I'm really unimpressed with our education system. Our dollar is in horrible shape: $1 canadian = about 62 cents American! makes travelling to the US or buying anything from there pretty impractical.
on the bright side, in Edmonton we have one of the biggest river valleys around, which is beautiful and kept in very good shape, people here are very friendly, there's a great arts community, cost of living here isn't bad at all, theres all kinds of other great thingsI love about Canada, but I'm too lazy too write them all right now The only problem is that since it's so nice here, the vacancy rate is very low (here in Edmonton it's under 1%)
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So...it rains a lot there?
in British Columbia it does, but here in Alberta it mostly snows, sometimes fairly late into the year (this year it went into late April!) so the snow can be another downside if you're a driver, but it looks really nice anyway!

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Old 04-29-2002, 08:22 PM
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I suspect I'm a Canadian stuck in an American body.

And dollar values only matter to those who have dollars
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Old 04-29-2002, 08:49 PM
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We Canadians spend a lot of time whining about how low our dollar is compared to the US dollar, but when I went shopping in the Wal-Mart in Riverside California, the sticker price on a barbecue was the same as it was in the Wal-Mart right here in Regina, Saskatchewan.

What that means is that I can buy a barbecue here at Wal-Mart for $199 CDN, but the very same barbecue in California is $199 Us which translates into nearly $300 Canadian - you're paying more for the same thing.

I can only think of good things to say about Canada: butter tarts, saskatoon pie, Roger's corn syrup, Hawkins Cheezies, hockey, to name just a few.

In Saskatchewan we have cradle to grave free medical care. We have very little crime, it doesn't take us hours to get to work, we have as much sky as Montana, if you're claustrophobic you won't feel closed in by mountains or tall buildings.

What's wrong with Canada - all you nice people don't live here. Come on over, we'll set another place at the table and throw another potato in the pot.

Margaret
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Old 04-29-2002, 08:59 PM
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All to often the people of a country have a government that they do not deserve. It is odd that the people of Iran and Iraq are pro-American while their governments are anti- American. The reverse is true for many of the other Middle Eastern countries. Enough said about that.

I think that Canada and its people are great. We’ve limited our travels to the eastern part, but it has all been just wonderful. Some of the highlights were Montreal, Quebec, Nova Scotia, the Gaspe’ Peninsular, and areas in between.

We enjoyed all our trips even though the dollar was almost at parity and the best that we got was a 15% advantage. It is really time to go back.

Alan
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Old 04-29-2002, 09:02 PM
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oh yes how could I forget? our sports here are great! long live canadian hockey and free medical care!!!
I find it quite funny how oblivious lots of Americans are about Canada. when my friends go to visit people in the US, they always tell stories about living in Igloos, spear hunting seals, etc. etc. and they believe every word of it!
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