I made a short visit to Canada. There is plenty bad said about Canada, all of it true- the snide self-satisfaction of Canadians, the lack of free speech, the crappy government medical care- but all the same it’s a nice place. Clean and friendly.
In all the talk of the worldwide fiscal meltdown it’s sometimes mentioned Canada had trouble in the 90’s and made significant cuts in spending. This is always spun in a liberal way- a liberal government is more trusted to make cuts- but whatever the case it makes it unique among Western social democracies.
Canada is like the US in that it never had the social cataclysms of the 20th century involving communism and nazism, and didn’t develop a large welfare system to dampen any possibility of revolution from the left or right. As a British colony it was more comfortable with private property and free markets. It never had a lot of industry and avoided the labor unrest and associated tendency toward socializing the economy.
But I think that if there is one big advantage that Canada has it is that it’s substantially white. The east Asian immigrants are middle class. The Islamic immigrants are middle class, certainly hostile to their host but without the intensity of the lower class Moslems in Europe.
Canada still doesn’t have and probably won’t have massive Third World immigration and this will keep it in much better shape than the US, Europe, and Australia- New Zealand also should remain white. If the cold keeps out the riffraff, maybe it’s worth getting the Carhartts.