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What are the important cultural differences between Canada and the US?

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Some I can think of:

Canada, English-French.

US, English-Spanish.

Canada, monarch, parliament

US, President, republic.

Canada prefers multilateral international relations.

The US tends to prefer bilateral relations.

Canada, culture tends to be defined by governement (e.g. CBC-SRC, culture and arts funding, Official Languages Act, etc.)

US, culture is defined mainly by the individual.

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Vinegar vs No vinegar

HP Sauce vs A1 Sauce

Tinned Beer vs Bottled beer

16 oz pints vs a proper pint

World War Two vs the Second World War

Worrying about differences vs Not worrying

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Vinegar vs No vinegar

HP Sauce vs A1 Sauce

Tinned Beer vs Bottled beer

16 oz pints vs a proper pint

World War Two vs the Second World War

Worrying about differences vs Not worrying

Hmmm... I did sy 'important differences'. But granted, my examples weren't very important either. So really, we arent' that different except superficially.

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Canadians in general have a more community minded aspect (even if it does revolve around regions rather than the entire country). Americans are very libertarian people who believe that people should be able to do what they like when they like...unless of course they are doing something that the majority doesn't like.

America is a country that finds freedoms to be of the most importance. In Canada, freedom takes a back seat to the importance of human rights.

In Canada, we are generally less conservative on social issues and more conservative on fiscal issues. We save more money, we carry less debt, and we believe that the state has very little duty to legislate morality (outside of speech and hate issues...the exact area where many Americans see the state as having no place).

In Canada, we hate government less than most Americans. That is not true for all of us of course (nothing is), but it is somewhat consistent.

In Canada, we generally do not see the word socialist as being automatically bad, and we certainly don't see the word liberal as being bad.

In America, people tend to be very religious. Religious values play a large roll in government. In Canada, religion is often shunned and is encouraged to stay out out of the public light.

In Canada, we believe that those who are different from us have something to offer. We an learn from the world, and we do. Americans very much believe that people have things to learn from them, that they can provide opportunity, but that others have less to offer. This can be seen in the focus of the American media on almost exclusively domestic issues.

In Canada, we were founded as a collection of regions, on the belief that if we came together, we would be stronger and better able to withstand southern influences. Our entire history has been about keeping America out in one way or another. We were founded with barely a shot (though there were some rough spots) and we had an amicable separation with the United kingdom. America was founded on a completely different idea. They wanted out, they wanted to be independent, and that spirit can still be seen to that day.

I'm sure that I could go on and on.

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Hmmm... I did sy 'important differences'. But granted, my examples weren't very important either. So really, we arent' that different except superficially.

Anone who thinks 4 oz of beer isn't important isn't really a north american

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Vinegar vs No vinegar

HP Sauce vs A1 Sauce

Tinned Beer vs Bottled beer

16 oz pints vs a proper pint

World War Two vs the Second World War

Worrying about differences vs Not worrying

Which ones are supposed to be Canadian and which ones are supposed to be American?

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Anone who thinks 4 oz of beer isn't important isn't really a north american

But I'm a teetotaller. Does my Aboriginal blood make up for that?

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But I'm a teetotaller. Does my Aboriginal blood make up for that?

Don't know, never drank aboroginal blood.

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Canadians are less ambitious, both individually and collectively, and place a greater value on the simple things in life - friends and family.

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Chesterfield v. couch. Pop v. soda. Arret v. Stop. Canadian children tend to resemble their parents.

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I'm not sure there is a single America. There is the backwoods redneck America as evidenced by the Republicans, who look fearfully on anyone different, who despise anyone who doesn't succeed, who are outraged at having to help the poor and sick, and who clutch their bibles and guns in their hands praying to Jayzus to save them from the Communists and faggots and Negros while they cheat on their wives and taxes. Then there is the America which is more thoughtful and introspective, which sees society's failings, cares about those around them, and believes in paying their way in life but understands how circumstances can cut the legs out from under the best of us.

We can also call the first group Wal-Mart Americans, and the second group Costco Americans. The first group's motto is "Me! Me! Me!" the second group's is "One for all and all for one"

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...We can also call the first group Wal-Mart Americans, and the second group Costco Americans. The first group's motto is "Me! Me! Me!" the second group's is "One for all and all for one"

Well, it's a safe bet to say that you don't know "America" at all, as it is a far more complex place that your tiny and narrow view from Canada allows. But either way, Canada will continue to define the Canadian identity as "not American", because it knows even less about itself.

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Well, it's a safe bet to say that you don't know "Canada" at all, as it is a far more complex place that your tiny and narrow view from America allows.

Goes both ways I suppose.

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Well, it's a safe bet to say that you don't know "Canada" at all, as it is a far more complex place that your tiny and narrow view from America allows.

Goes both ways I suppose.

Fine by me.....I have never claimed to know all about Canada, but many Canadian authors have written just what I posted above about the "Canadian identity". It may go both ways, but apparently some Canadians are far more interested in what America is all about than the other way around, looking through their one-way mirror at the border (also not my original concept).

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Fine by me.....I have never claimed to know all about Canada, but many Canadian authors have written just what I posted above about the "Canadian identity". It may go both ways, but apparently some Canadians are far more interested in what America is all about than the other way around, looking through their one-way mirror at the border (also not my original concept).

Nice to see how non-important Canadians and Canada is to you. I think you are the first one to break 30,000 posts.

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I'm not sure there is a single America. There is the backwoods redneck America as evidenced by the Republicans, who look fearfully on anyone different, who despise anyone who doesn't succeed, who are outraged at having to help the poor and sick, and who clutch their bibles and guns in their hands praying to Jayzus to save them from the Communists and faggots and Negros while they cheat on their wives and taxes. Then there is the America which is more thoughtful and introspective, which sees society's failings, cares about those around them, and believes in paying their way in life but understands how circumstances can cut the legs out from under the best of us.

We can also call the first group Wal-Mart Americans, and the second group Costco Americans. The first group's motto is "Me! Me! Me!" the second group's is "One for all and all for one"

:lol: Yeah, right.

And how, in your mind, is Canada different from what you ascribe to the U.S.?

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:lol: Yeah, right.

And how, in your mind, is Canada different from what you ascribe to the U.S.?

Well, we sure know it's not different media content, despite CanCon rules. Some even want U.S. IP addresses !! :P

Maybe that's the secret....Canadian culture is different by pretending to be different in an attempt to appear as different, all while living lives just like the Americans. That's a pretty neat trick !!

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Well, we sure know it's not different media content, despite CanCon rules. Some even want U.S. IP addresses !! :P

Maybe that's the secret....Canadian culture is different by pretending to be different in an attempt to appear as different, all while living lives just like the Americans. That's a pretty neat trick !!

Why does the President use a Blackberry and not an iPhone? :D Even he knows Blackberries are the most secure.

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Fine by me.....I have never claimed to know all about Canada, but many Canadian authors have written just what I posted above about the "Canadian identity". It may go both ways, but apparently some Canadians are far more interested in what America is all about than the other way around, looking through their one-way mirror at the border (also not my original concept).

Do many of them make 30,000 posts on an American political web site?

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Do many of them make 30,000 posts on an American political web site?

Yes...they do that and a lot more, consuming copious amounts of U.S. media. I wonder why ?

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