From outward appearances North Americans seem very similar, but Canadians have a distinct culture of which they are extremely proud and that is celebrated around the world. These subtle social, economic, religious and political differences can be hard to detect unless one is immersed in the culture. Canada’s unique culture is due in part to the various ethnicities who have been integrated over time. From her inception, Canada had two founding cultures (French and British) and today we are proud to consider ourselves a diverse and multi-cultural country. We are a nation of immigrants who celebrate everybody’s cultural background.
Canadians are extremely conscious of our culture considering our close proximity to the United States. We are unduly aware that we are not American and constantly compare ourselves to America. Canadians forever talk about our similarities and differences socially, economically, politically and religiously. One of the things that Canada is most proud of is that we consider ourselves to be a cultural mosaic which means that we allow various cultures to coincide and flourish in our communities. We value harmony, equality, freedom, and respect. Our population is not big enough to sustain our economy, so we are much more open to economic immigration. Economically, we have much higher taxes providing us with a more socialized system. This allows free health care and decent education systems for all Canadian citizens. Due to this system, we do not have the same amount of money to spend on “stuff”, which makes us a less materialistic population. We have less disposable income and less disparity between the rich and poor. In regards to religion, we do not have a dominant religion and accept all religions across the globe. Americas, on the other hand, identify themselves as mainly Christian. According to a Pew Research Religion and Public Life survey taken in 2007, 78.4% of Americans identified themselves as Christian, where as Canadians have...
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