Top 10 Reasons America Should Be More Like Canada

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The America has, for long, been considered the model of perfection when it comes to governance, laws, technology and economy. Many countries have looked up to America as a sound example. But is America really perfect? Or does it still have to learn something from other countries? If we look at its immediate neighbor, Canada, we may easily spot areas where America needs to learn from Canada. Look at the top 10 of these issues:

 

1. Freedom:

Freedom

Though America is credited to be the first witness of concept of freedom, along the course, many issues in this regard have faded America’s hold on it. Canada is way ahead of America when it comes to freedom parameters or indices. These indices include the Press Freedom Index, the Economic Freedom Index, the Democracy Index and many more. It is easy to operate a business or own property in Canada. Apart from financial freedom, personal freedom indicators also say Canada is a better place to live in. Canada is at 12th position in IHDI (inequality-adjusted human development index), whereas the USA stands at the 23rd place.

 

2. Debt culture:

Debt culture

Canadians, since long, have been known to be great avoiders of debt. They love to buy new gadgets or luxurious items, but they won’t do so on the risk of being caught in a debt circle. This is why Canada has a lesser debt ratio, stable mortgages and banks. On the other hand, the consumer culture of America is entirely different. They go for bigger houses and nicer cars; even if they know they will have to go into debt for it. This is why the per capita debt of America is much higher.

 

3. A more decisive political structure:

more decisive political structure

The pattern of distribution of power to the people holding political and constitutional positions in Canada is such that it imparts a unilateralism to the nature of Canada’s political functioning. For example, the Prime Minister here gets his wishes implemented both easily and quickly. Whether it is about solving conflicts or taking measures to strengthen a struggling economy, the more decisive government of Canada has an edge. On the other hand, the US president cannot take a decision at his freewill, i.e. without a series of committee meetings.

 

4. The Metric System:

The Metric System

Metric system is arguably the better system of standards and measurements but unfortunately America has yet not switched to it. Canada operates in the metric system and it is high the USA makes that transition as well. It is the standard system used in armed forces, science and medicine. Though old habits are tougher to kick, but every country is doing that, why not America?

 

5. Gun-based violence:

Gun-based violence

Increased cases of gun-based violence in the United States have put some serious question marks on the local safety net of the country. Getting guns in the USA is easy and these days, they are becoming basic tools for freedom-cum-security-cum power in the country. If you consider Canada, gun based violence is pretty low here. The procedure for obtaining licenses is a bit more difficult and time consuming but you would not be disappointed if going for target shooting or hunting. The gun culture here is better and safer.

 

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