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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Whoa, Canada

As an esteemed holder of a Canadian Studies degree*, I feel obligated to point out this article in the New York Times. I think Canada is a fantastic place but as the article points out anyone that thinks its some kind of perfect utopia is kidding themselves.

Canada is on the side of the angels on many important social issues like gay marriage and drug laws. But that’s not the whole story. They have corruption and government mismanagement there too. Basic civil rights can always be put on hold with a simple act of parliament. They have big corporations doing what ever they want. They have serious systemic problems with their health care system; different problems than we have but problems nonetheless. They have a growing gap between rich and poor. Basically the vast majority of the problems we have here are also found in good ol’ Canada.

Why? We'll it probably has something to with humanity being shitty where ever you go. So I guess if things in the US have you wanting to move north, don’t because you won’t escape basic problems that are inherent to the human race. You are better off working to improve things here that running away from something that you can’t ever really escape.

*University of Washington, Class of 1999! A degree so useful I went straight on to graduate school!


At 5/26/2005 1:32 PM, Blogger sprizee said...

Interesting. I recently read who currently lives in Seattle but is in the process making preparations to move to Vancouver. And not the Washington variety either.

At 5/26/2005 2:57 PM, Blogger successlessness said...

See now thats all different she's all married to a Canadian. I meant more the people that make Alec Baldwin-esque declarations about moving to Canada.


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