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    Quote Originally Posted by kendoiwan View Post
    You'd have to give me examples of such because from my side of the border we're behind you guys in terms of Healthcare, Banking regulation, Drug laws, etc.
    Purely talking about fiscal policy. Of course healthcare is better here (except it keeps getting slashed, so that might not be for long.)

    There were plans to deregulate banks in the way the U.S. has done, but those were scrapped on account of ... well, it obviously not having the intended effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    ...is there anywhere in Canada where the weather doesn't suck?
    There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.
    No, there is definitely bad weather.

    For example, the Moon has bad weather. As does the South Pole.

    Sometimes the only good clothes is moving somewhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Well, take into account that Canada is a huge country with quite low population density and a high amount of natural resources. It's much easier to run a regulated economy in this kind of setting. Other countries (UK, for example) need to find a way to provide for their population with a lower level of resources per-capita (higher density) - unregulated finance is one potential way, since it's a high-level services sector which doesn't require natural resources. I'm not trying to promote this kind of approach, I'm just saying that some Euro countries (the US too) have somewhat fewer choices.
    It is easy for those from smaller countries with larger populations to write that off as the reason, but coming from a similar type of country in size and population I can assure you that the per capita cost burden of developing and maintaining transport, utilities and other infrastructure across a vast land with low population density is certainly not cheap when you have far fewer peoples' taxes to defray those costs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Sure, maybe not, but how are they compared to everywhere else?

    It's kind of like how people in countries that have, by nearly all measures, among the best living standards in the world, generally tell me that things in their country are crappy. Hah! Compared to what?

    But indeed, Canada is not very socialist. It is more federally regulated, and in that vague way I suppose wiggles closer to the socialist end of a continuum. But, it's not terribly socialist.

    Still, this makes a very good case for federal regulation of finances and commerce.
    Well compared to England and the USA they are doing OK.. so I see your point.

    To understand Canada you have to know it's history and it's visonary Queen Victoria. The idea for Canada was something called "Responsible Government" (British North America act).
    A lot of Canadian Culture is based on the honour system and that is a direct result of the effects of responsible government.

    But the problem with centralisation in government and regulation in commerce is the monoply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arclight View Post
    To understand Canada you have to know it's history and it's visonary Queen Victoria.
    It's funny, just the other day I was walking down by the lake looking out to the Brindabella Mountains and I fell into conversation with someone with an American accent.

    It was almost as though I were speaking to a fellow Australian so close were our sentiments and humour and laconic style.

    I was surprised at this as I usually find Americans to be quite foreign until he told me he was Canadian.

    And then I remember my father telling me that we had a rich and powerful friend across the Pacific. "America?", I said. "No", he said, "Canada".

    I then I realised I had just met my rich and powerful friend.

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    All Canadians are rich, powerful and friendly. And smell nice, and are great in bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blairvoyant View Post
    All Canadians are rich, powerful and friendly. And smell nice, and are great in bed.
    Irresistible, smelling of pine needles and tasting of maple syrup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Irresistible, smelling of pine needles and tasting of maple syrup.
    Skin as soft as the gently falling snow, and as pale - even the black people.

    A warm hug, a warm shower, and a cup of hot chocolate: all your addictions and hatreds fade, yielding to compassion for all the lesser nations of the world and a love of hockey and knitting.
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