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Take the American Quiz - How Much Do You Really Know About the U.S.?

Tax-supported Rick Mercer attempts to find humor belittling Americans about their apparent lack of knowledge regarding Canada. This has left a lot of Canadians with a holier than thou attitude, thinking that they have much more knowledge about the U.S. than Americans have about Canada. Most Canadians have misconceptions about the United States, and this quiz will prove it:

1. True or False: Canada spends more on public health care per capita than the U.S..

2. True or False: Canada has less property crime per capita  than the U.S..

3. True or False: Canada has a higher standard of living than the U.S., measured in G.D.P. per capita.

4. True or False: Canada has a greater geographical aptitude than Americans.

5. True or False: Canada produces less CO2 per dollar of GDP than the U.S.

6. True or False: Canada has won more gold medals in men's Olympic ice hockey than the U.S. over the past half century.

The answer to every one of these questions is "false." Click on each question to see proof.
Examples of Canadian Bigotry Towards Americans

Countless Canadians have embarrassed themselves with their bigoted statements about Americans. In most places, bigots tend to be ostracized, on the fringes of society. In Canada, unfortunately, they tend to be in power:

M.P. Carolyn Parrish made the bigoted statment: "Damn Americans. I hate those bastards."

Senator Laurier LaPierre made the classless statement: "Screw the Americans" while in the Senate.

P.M. Paul Martin desperately tried to save his campaign by saying the U.S. "lacked a conscience" for not signing on to the Kyoto Accord. Aside from this being insulting to Albertans who oppose Kyoto, it is very hypocritical to criticize the U.S. over CO2 emissions since over the past ten years, Canada's CO2 emissions have grown at a faster rate than the U.S.' Martin's comments were taken to task by U.S. Ambassador to Canada Wilkins who noted that it would be naive to think that continued insults of the U.S. would lack consequences. Whatever one thinks of U.S. policy, it is juvenile to question one's ethical background in purporting that policy.

Toronto mayor David Miller excused his own incompetence for providing for the safety of his own citizens by ignorantly proclaiming that: "The U.S. is exporting its problem of violence to the streets of Toronto."

Jean Chretien admitted the purpose of his bigotry was to appeal to small-minded Canadians: "I like to stand up to Americans. It's popular." A sad, but true statement. One should also note that Carolyn Parrish is also in a heavily Muslim riding - which also explains her anti-Semitic statements; they are well-received.

Could you imagine the reaction if such statements were made towards blacks or Jews? Why is racism acceptable if the target of bigotry is Americans (or Albertans)?

We've observed elections being fought over whether the policies of one party or another are "American," as if something being American is supposed to be bad. Several parties have railed against U.S. medicine because it is supposedly an entirely private system of health care. As seen above, the U.S. spends more on public medicine per capita than Canada. If the comparison being made is entirely without merit, what is the purpose of it? This is nothing more than a base attempt trying to capture Canada's bigot vote.

This anti-Americanism existed prior to Medicare being institutionalized in the 1960s, and also prior to the U.S. playing the role of the world's policeman. So Canadians shouldn't criticized the U.S. as being soulless for not having a universal healthcare system unless they wish to bestow the same judgments on Canada for most of her history. The U.S. was criticized for not entering World War I - even though the U.S. wasn't attacked and there wasn't a madman like Hitler that needed to be stopped. Those are the same reasons why the U.S. is criticized for being in Iraq. Heads, I win; tails, you lose.
Background of Albertans

Many Albertans have immigrated from the United States. The energy industry, as well as the ranching industry, has attracted many Americans. Attacking Americans attacks the family background of many Albertans. Prominent Albertans have American roots. Senator Ted Morton is originally from California. MP Myron Thompson is from the U.S..
Logical Consequences of Canadian Bigotry

American / Canadian relations have deteriorated in recent years. A large part of this has been due to Canadian politicians making bigoted statements concerning the U.S.. Ambassador Wikins warned Martin (although not by name) that Canada could not continue to expect U.S. silence on Canada's antagonism towards the U.S.. And with deteriorating relations, we've seen many trade issues surface. Albertan beef could not be imported to the U.S.. Softwood lumber remains an ubiquitous issue. Canadians are likely to need passports entering the U.S. in the near future. Canada's action have resulted in costs to Canada - needless costs that could have been avoided. Around 80% of Canada's trade happens to be with the U.S. - needlessly criticizing the U.S., regardless of what you think of U.S. policy, is a shortsighted and foolhardy move. Canada needs the U.S.. The U.S. does not need Canada - except for Alberta's energy.
Impact on Alberta

Ironically, the most pro-American area is Alberta, and Alberta has arguably been harmed the most by the U.S. response. The Alberta beef industry was crippled by being unable to export live cattle. While softwood lumber harms Quebec and B.C., it also has hampered the Alberta forest industry. And how has the Canadian government chosen to respond to these American actions? One public proposal was that cutting off Albertan energy exports to the U.S. could be possible. And who would bear the brunt of this? Alberta.
Alberta Independence: A Solution

It is doubtful that needless antagonism of the U.S. would occur. While Canada's leaders have been insulting the U.S., Alberta's have been praising the U.S.. While Canada's leaders have difficulty arranging a telephone call with leaders in Washington, Alberta's leaders have no problem getting an audience with American leaders. An independent Alberta would facilitate friendly relations and the ability to deal with the Americans.

Also, unlike Canada, Alberta has something the U.S. wants: energy. While protectionist trade disputes are not in the U.S.' interest - even with Canada - Alberta's exports are much more crucial to the U.S. economy than Canada's.