Comparing Canada and America
The controversy over Canada and America, and who takes after whom has been around for many years. Canada and America are puzzles, two countries that are home to millions of people, living in relative comfort and health. We both have become nations through the help of each other and other nations. Yet, Canada has its own identity as a delightful complexity of cultures and customs, government and heroes. On the other hand, Canadians are simply not Americans by government and technology.
Canada’s own identity starts with our remarkable sense of culture and customs. For the native peoples, the Canadian identity stretches thousands of years into the search of struggles to retain elements of their ancient …show more content…
The Canadian hero is not the conqueror, nor the general, but the foot solider. He’s a figure whose actions speak louder than words, like Terry Fox., a person more real, more approachable, more than human. The true Canadian hero remains very much the regular guy. Americans are hero-worshipers and hero makers. Americans’ truest of hero creation and worship comes either advertising, movies, music and sport stars. They export America’s most powerful industry: the American hero and American myth. By signing your name, winning a game or making a great movie, Americans will enshrine the moment and make it much bigger than it is. On the contrary, Canadians are simply not Americans.
Canadians seem to follow in the footsteps of the Americans, but change it to make it better. In, Canada, our system of government is a blend of British and United States practices, with some Canadian additions, made to fit our own particular needs. Of course, British, United States, and Canadian governments all have a lot in common, since both Canada and the United States learned from Britain the all important idea of responsible government, which rest on the rule of law and the consent of people. We, paid close attention of the problems that were raised in the United States federal system and changed it considerably for Canada, to avoid what they we thought were its weakest points and make it fit better with the practices of British
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