0140. What makes Canada different... (Can 05--new)

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I drew quite a crowd in Hamilton...

Hamilton will be my last stop in Canada.  It's a fairly large industrial kind of city--pretty blue collar I'd say... Main Street doesn't have anything spectacular or majestic about it--mainly your typical ethnic stores and variety shops... Yet it still doesn't have the feel of decay and slumminess that industrial American cities have...

 Another thing you won't usually see in the US:  an over the hill prostitute on a street corner hollering for customers at 10 AM on a Sunday morning...

 I take my video clip next to a monument honoring Ukranian immigrants....

 And then I have my eureka moment.  I suddenly realize what really makes Canada different.

 I come to this monument showing a family of British Loyalists fleeing the American colonies during the American Revolutionary war.

  Various plaques describe the virtues of these people who remained loyal to the British Empire and how they helped build Canada and explained in quite unflattering terms how they were persecuted and robbed of their lands by the American rebels... Then another plaque went on to praise them for their valor in defending their homeland against the arrogant American invaders in the War of 1812...

 Yeah, I almost forgot... we did invade Canada once upon a time...

 So as I wander past Pakistani and Filipino shops and working class row houses, I get to thinking of how those British Loyalists helped mold Canada differently than the rebels who stayed back in the new United States.  Here's my theory:  United States was built on a foundation of rebellion against authority, whereas Canada was built on a foundation of loyalty towards authority.

  The people that came to Canada during that time were people who really believed it was important to remain loyal to their British government. 

 Maybe that's why Canadians don't all feel like they need to own guns.  Remember, the American obsession with "the right to bear arms" is based on the notion that someday the citizens might need to rise up again against what they feel is a tyrannical government.  And maybe that's why Canadians feel they can trust their government with matters like health care... basically they just trust their government more.

 Those are just some ideas... I'm not exactly going to write a dissertation on the subject... But it’s truly an inspiring moment to realize, that at it’s core, Canada really is different from the United States, despite the façade of identical looking stores, businesses and people.

 

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I drew quite a crowd in Hamilton...
I drew quite a crowd in Hamilton...
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