As we approach the Labour Day weekend, the United States is in an economic, financial and political mess.  Not a single new job was created in August.

A new survey, just out in Canada, shows that when Canadians look at their American neighbours, they no longer gaze with envy at a powerful greenback, a low unemployment rate, or deep pools of capital sloshing around an entrepeneurial paradise.

Canadians now look south with something akin to pity.  The survey for the Globe and Mail reveals that Canadians see an American economy in tatters, a paralyzed political system and an American Dream trumped by a Canadian stable version.

Canadians have reached a conclusion that would have been shocking at any other time in the last 50 years.  Canada is not just a better place to live, it’s a better place to make money. (Our unemployment rate is lower and our financial system is stronger.)

A small majority in the survey felt our links to the United States harm  our reputation around the world.  In other words, the United States is our best friend and business partner, but it embarrasses sometimes in the international community.

However, despite this, Canadians still have a soft spot for President Obama.  Two-thirds of us think he is doing his best to make a bad situation better.

Do Canadians now pity Americans?

What do you think?


  1. 1

    Our American neighbours are survivors and will bounce back bigger and better than ever.
    Pity? Not at all. Concerned? No. Confident in their ability? Yes!

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:


    Why do you think that polltically, econcomically and financially Canada is so much better off than the United States?

  3. 3

    I think that it’s all in the numbers-population, debt, dollars, land mass etc.
    It’s just a matter of time. If they sink into another recession, we’ll follow.
    Aren’t you somewhat disappointed in Obama and their congress? No one seems to be motivated to band together and get out of the mess.
    Sooner or later people on both sides will require their government to do a better job!
    Oops! That sounds just like us!!! 🙂

  4. 4
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Just you wait.

    Contrary to popular belief, Quebec separation is not dead; it is just dormant, ready to reawaken at the slightest perceived humiliation.

    The PQ will form the next government and will call a referendum and will win it.

    Then we’ll see who’s pitied.

    And on another note: despite the horrible Obama-enabled U.S. economy, I still believe the U.S. to be a better place entrepreneurally than Canada.

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    Neil McKenty Says:


    There is an old axiom in philosophy i.e. what is asserted without proof may be denied without proof.

    Following that axiom I deny that the P.Q. will win a referendum, I affirm that Canada is probably the best country in the world in which to live and bring up a family. As of the moment, I feel sorry for the United States.

  6. 6
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Well of course you like Canada, Neil, you support language laws and segregation, just like those that run Canada.

    I don’t.

  7. 7

    Tony “The PQ will form the next government and will call a referendum and will win it.”
    You must be kidding us.

  8. 8

    Neil -one of your wise lines almost slipped past so I’ll copy it and say that I agree!

    ” I affirm that Canada is probably the best country in the world in which to live and bring up a family.”

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