Don't miss Fareed's show on CNN tomorrow ... Has the American Dream Moved North.
I watched this program, as Fareed Zakara interviewed Scott Gilmore, a former Canadian diplomat and now columnist, who calls himself a conservative free market advocate. Gilmore supplied some interesting statistics and comments comparing Canadians to Americans.
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Cato Institute's HUMAN FREEDOM INDEX
Canada 6th in the world
U.S.A. 23rd in the world
Heritage Foundation's ECONOMIC FREEDOM
Canada 7th in the world
U.S.A. 17th in the world
Reporters Without Borders PRESS FREEDOM INDEX
Canada 18th in the world
U.S.A. 41st in the world
JUDICIAL COURT SYSTEMS
The average American is 6 times more likely to be incarcerated than the average Canadian.
Gilmore said that Canadians have easier access to higher education, and are not going bankrupt with their health care system.
The Horacio Alger pull yourself up by the bootstraps ethos so prided by Americans is easier to do in Canada. Canadians born into a lower strata of society have a better chance of moving up economically than Americans.
On the minus side, Canada's indigenous populations (comprising 5% of the population) are still doing horribly, without the same access to health care or universities. While Gilmore didn't mention it, they also comprise a disproportionately large part of the Canadian penal system. Canada still has much to do here to right the many wrongs regarding these people.
Gilmore, when asked for the nation's response to the Trump election, said "Canadians have reacted with fascination and horror, and not a little bit of smugness."