Impressions of Canada

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    Just got back from touring Quebec and the Maritime Provinces, and read a Short History of Canada while doing so. I was surprised to learn that so many Canadians were British loyalists who left America after the Revolutionary War. I was also surprised that the Canadian Confederation of 1867 was largely influenced by a continuing fear of invasion by the U.S.

    Having also spoken with many Canadians from the West, I am left with an impression that the Canadian Confederation more resembles the United States prior to the Civil War:
    Widely different interests united primarily for defensive purposes.

    I would like to hear from some Canadian posters as to what their history means for their future.
     
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    'canooks' got a big shot in the arm and replenishment where the Draft Dodgers of the 60s and early 70s from the USA went to 'canookistan' .
     
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    Canada is like America's hat....

    ....they should worry that we might roll over in our sleep.
     
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    Canada's refusal to cooperate with the U.S. in the North American Ballistic Missile Defense system showed a deep flaw in its national psyche. I'm not sure it isn't still there.
     
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    MUSTA been 45 - 50 years ago that I learned in public school that the 'canooks' were nothing more than ' english' , british butt kissers and were TORIES that were disloyal , traitorous Americans .
     
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    RE: Impressions of Canada
    ⁜→ pismoe, et al,

    Well, I'm not sure this is true at all.

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    In what universe is it sound Political-Military (POL-MIL) advice to "abandon" our most closet neighbor? (What country event thinks like that?)

    Canada, whose sovereign is Queen Elizabeth II, is a member of the British Commonwealth; which includes the UK, Australia, and New Zealand [(together they represent the Five Eyes (FVEYs)]. If we lose Canada, it is more than likely we lose the remained of the alliance.

    While the United States ranks #1 in terms of military power, it is very closely followed by the Russian Federation (Ranking #2 Globally). The FVEYs Australia (Ranking #19), Canada (Ranking #21), New Zealand (Ranking #87), the UK (Ranking #8), and the US collectively represent the most formidable Military Force on the Planet.

    Canada has a population of approximately 36+ Million people. Its Military Force is composed of 0.34% of the overall population. That is only slightly different than the US which has 0.43% of its overall population in the military.

    The US is in a decline. Where it was once a giant of manufacturing and Mecca of scientific research and development, it is now, relegated to a nations whose astronauts must hitch-hike into space.

    The US is not the towering strength of industry, commerce, science, and technology that it once was. It cannot stand alone in a global population of 137 sovereign nations. It needs to keep what allies it has. The US is no longer the leader of the free world. While it still maintains some influence in each of these vital areas, it ranks 13th on the Human Development Index (HDI) → and Canada Ranks 12th.

    Just my thoughts.

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    I don't wish to denigrate Canada; I'm trying to understand what holds it together. The threat of being taken over by the US is long gone, and many of the the Provinces seem to have little in common. Is it nostalgic reverence for the UK (excluding Quebec), or is it more like a Czechoslovakia of the New World?
     
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    --------------------------------- and that's why I always say that I am happy to be an old guy Rocco .
     
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    Canada got fat rich and happy by being next door to a giant economic powerhouse that no one else could invade; they essentially ride off the U.S.'s prosperity, plus they have always made keeping out brown people one of their highest priorities. It isn't called The Great White North because of the snow. As for our 'decline', it can be easily reversed, and its 'problem children' deported, as Thomas Jefferson would advocate doing if he were around today.
     
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