These places are rogue governments, dictatorships, and constant violence
Not a place any sane person would CHOOSE to live in,
Israel and Jordan don't have rogue governments, aren't dictatorships and saying they are in constant violence is a complete exaggeration. I'm probably just as likely (if not more likely) to get killed here. We had an 18 month old admitted to our local hospital last night with a gunshot wound to the face. She was in the car with her mom and got caught in some crossfire. I can't even guess at how many shootings and murders happened in the LA area that didn't make the news yesterday, yet I live a very nice life here. Watching news reports about any area will always make it seem like they are in constant violence. It's why my parents were so nervous when I moved here. Then they came down and realized that their view was a little skewed.
Even Iran and Syria with their crazy governments aren't involved in any wars at the moment. Perhaps the only benefit of a dictatorship is the crime rates tend to be kept pretty low since they punish offenders so aggressively.
I came back here to write a similar post - although it falls on deaf eyes and hearts no matter how often I repeat it...
If anything constant comparisons belittle Canadians and their nation serves them poorly as a proud people.
Much ado about very little.
I commend your rejection of the "democracy is better, without question" assumption.
It seems to me that I picked Germany a long time ago. That's where I am living today! Germany is nice. One interesting thing about it here, I don't speak German yet and most people don't seem to be offended by that. Yet, in the USA and to a lesser extent Canada, people can become sorely offended at a tourist or foreign resident that doesn't speak English good.
I don't like the pretentiousness of the American academy. Nor do I like their "number of publications" as a measurement of academic success. Also, (and indeed for most fields in physics) there are better schools in Germany.
My God what if Hillary wins the president's chair and puts in national health care..then how will we define ourselves...
This actually made me giggle! I don't think you have to rag on the US to be a good Canadian, just like you don't have to rag on every other country to be a good American.
I don't think for a second national health care will be here any time soon though. Americans and Canadians are similar in more ways than they are different, but this isn't one of them so we Canadians won't have to come up with a new way to define ourselves for a while
If I had to live anywhere though other than Canada, I'd probably buy a hot spring in Iceland or Sweden, and spend my days oggling the drop-dead gorgeous and sweet-as-can-be women there (though I'm sure my wife would have slightly different plans).
But when it comes down to it, I'm proud to be a Canadian, and it would take something absolutely paramount for me to even consider ever leaving this wonderful, beautiful, free country that we all have the privilege to enjoy on a daily basis. Despite our minor differences, we really are a lucky people.
you couldnt pay me enough to live in the states. id choose probably australia or new zealand.
Yeah thats what I thought
"GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"
lol, i think it was a mistake on CDNBear's part.
geez, the reaction too all this is as lame and useles as referendum debate in Quebec.
1st, why is it to be a good Canadian you must be anti American? As well why is it that if you like the U.S. you must be a bad Canadian?
My second choose..and yes SECOND CHOICE in countries is the U.S. however not all of the U.S. the same as there are areas of Canada I do not wish to live in.
I live in Eastern Ontario, and find very little difference between the towns on my side of the St. LAwernce River to the Upstate New York towns. Too the point of having to see which flag is flying to be sure. On the other end I do not wish to live in Texas, nor do i wish to live in Sask. (no offence) but personally the life style is further from mine in the mid west then it is in Odgensburg N.Y.
As well all I here is complete stereotypes. The crime, the racisim.... If you good to Toronto or Montreal its full of guns, crime and racist activities, Hell Nova Scotia has some pretty severe racial problems, but thats not what we want to here..we must be better than they or whats the sence in our being... My God what if Hillary wins the president's chair and puts in national health care..then how will we define ourselves..
It's rediculous!!! We are a great nation, we have our peoblems, we have our fantastic good points and qualities, but our self concience ways are our downfall....You never here Austrailians say they are great because Britain is not!
Some of you may want to spend some time across the border and just talk to the people before you form all these opionions based on what G.W. Bush says. He doesn't speak for all any more then Harper speaks for all the Liberal Canadians. Go see, go listen, then form your thoughts...
Get a head start and move there now. Find your self a nice career in a sweat job... I hear they pay well.