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  •  One point where I beg to differ. Canadians are (3+ / 0-)

    a far more pacific people than Americans. My dad was Canadian, and his brother held the highest non-elected position in Canadian government for 14 years.

    From my earliest visits to Canada, I always breathed a sigh of relief when I entered Canada. The news was less violent. The papers reported less violent incidents. The people were more accommodating of differences, and seemed less put off by them.

    Of course Canadian history towards native peoples has been as bad as that in the US. In Canada both the people and the government don't seem very motivated to correct the underlying error of Canada's "Indian Act".

    But at least Prime Minister Harper has met with First Nation leaders to discuss the Act.

    Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

    by 4Freedom on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 08:28:11 AM PDT

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    •  I have never lived in Canada (3+ / 0-)
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      though I have friends who do - it would be presumptuous for me to speak of a national character.  I have spent time in communities on the border - where there is a lot of back and forth.

      I simply wonder how much of the national character is shaped by the type of electoral process/ system in place.

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 09:33:16 AM PDT

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      •  Good question. Having spent most of the (4+ / 0-)

        summers of my youth in Canada, I noticed early on that the Canadian national holidays didn't have the big veteran's parades, that sports weren't such a big deal - except for hockey! There was a difference in acceptance of differences among people. Differences didn't seem to be so remarked upon north of the border.

        I wouldn't know enough to say anything definitive about any aspect of national character except that Canadians seemed less prone to nationalism, militarism and confrontation than their US counterparts. Whether or not their Parliamentarian form of government underlies any potential differences or not is something history will decide.

        Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

        by 4Freedom on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 10:58:34 AM PDT

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