For the record, I was born in Canada but a lot of my family is in the U.S. I have been a life long political junkie.
For my whole adult life Canada has been politically to the left of the U.S. Not any more.
Starting in 1968, we elected an intellectual, youthful, handsome, Kensyian, powerfully erudite and 'charismatic' Liberal named Pierre Trudeau. We can thank him for increasing our National Debt by 85% when he left office for the last time in 1984..(no term limits here). He was divisive and was either loved or despised. He grew social programs, legislated forced bilingualism, created many Crown Corporations which competed (with gov't funded pockets) with Private Companies, expanded hugely and mandated socialized health care, (by outlawing Private Medicine) spent money like it fell from the sky and left our small economy in a quagmire. After 25 years of fiscal frugality and repayment, our debt is manageable and shrinking. There is a blip this year during this world recession, but it should only be a one year negative flow.
The U.S. seems to do things in Spades. What mistakes we made 40+ years ago, you are repeating and compounding. Watch out is all I can say. Mr. Trudeau was a Silk Stocking Socialist...a wealthy Jesuit educated Law Professor, insulated, brilliant but imbued with the theories of Mao, Marks, Castro, Che...Although perfectly bilingual, he despised and turned his back to our British roots and traditions. He embraced and legislated a cultural 'mosaic' which now has the tail wagging the dog. Much of his legacy lives on still...Human Rights tribunals who have huge powers but no accountability, political correctness gone mad, a National Healthcare system on the verge of bankruptcy where 12 hour Emergency room waits aren't abnormal and 18 month waits for scarce Medical Specialists aren't either.
A huge percentage of Canadians do not have a family Physician and many rural areas have no M.D.s. At least 4 small Community hospitals in my area have been legislated to close their E.R.s and emergencies are being sent up to 40 miles away.
What you see or think you see is not always what you get.
The following is from a respected publication...