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- 1. Guns are bad for us
One research institute based in Geneva found that the United States ranked at the top of the list for civilian gun ownership in 2007. It had 88.8 guns per hundred citizens. On the other hand, Canadians own 30.8 guns per 100 citizens. However, the fact of the matter is that Canada ranked thirteenth out of the 178 nations surveyed in the survey. Per capita, we are twice as likely to own guns as Australia, Mexico, and England.
- 2. We have a great healthcare system.
Although free and good for all, it's not amazing. Based on a 2010 report by the Health Council of Canada, 52 per cent of Canadians believe that “fundamental changes” are needed to improve the health-care system; ten per cent of Canadians want it completely rebuilt. In the 2010 survey, Canada scored poorly with patients when it comes to achieving same-day and next-day appointments for doctors. It tied with Norway for last place.
- 3. Canadians are hockey fanatics
Based on Statistics Canada, only 11 per cent of Canadian children and teenagers age five to 14 play hockey on a regular basis—less than swimming (12 per cent) and soccer (20 per cent). Canadians love hockey but not to the extent that the world thinks we do. Therefore, golf is the most popular sport in Canada among adults. Hockey was first bumped out of the top spot in 1998.
- 4. Canadians are better educated than Americans
Americans are often accused by Canadians of being ignorant, especially with regard to our country. It seems we are not particularly knowledgeable about Canadian history either (another reason that this website exists!). As recently as 2009, the Dominion Institute (now the Historica-Dominion Institute, an independent body dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of Canadian heritage) asked Canadians to identify ten famous figures in photographs. The first Prime Minister of Canada (John A. Macdonald) could be identified only by 41% of Canadians.
- 5.Canadians are very tolerant
An Institute 2008 survey of Canadians found that 27% of them thought immigrants and refugees arriving in Canada each year represented a “crucial risk” to Canadian interests. A 2010 Angus Reid survey found that 30% of Canadians (including 41% of seniors) think that multiculturalism has negatively affected Canada. One third of respondents also believe that Canadian society has an intolerant attitude towards Muslims, while one quarter believe Indian immigrants from South Asia are intolerant. Canadians are tolerant but they have limits.