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Old 03-27-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️
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I would guess that the average Canadian knows a lot more about American politics than the average American does about Canadian politics.
I don't think so. Maybe a little bit more but not a lot. I don't think most average Canadians are interested in American politics and likewise I don't think most Americans are interested in Canadian politics.

I think perhaps Canadians know more about American history and culture (rather than politics) than Americans know about Canadian history and culture. As edwardsyzzurphands said, it's mainly because American culture and media has been exported to Canada at a greater rate than Canadian to America. American history is taught in Social Studies and Geography in Canadian schools along with the history of other countries but all the rest of it is learned from social media, the news ..... oh, and Hollywood propoganda.... mustn't forget that!

I've been told by several Americans that most average American people believe that Canada is a non-sovereign communist type of country with no inalienable god-given freedoms and rights under the iron rule of the British monarchy and also that Americans don't have much interest in Canada because it's too expensive and doesn't represent any opportunities for them.

I guess I will take their word for it if that's what they say other Americans believe. Perhaps it's just as well if that's what they believe. I haven't seen much to indicate otherwise on social media except for here on this forum where some Americans make enquiries about Canada because they want to move to Canada.

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Old 03-28-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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II've been told by several Americans that most average American people believe that Canada is a non-sovereign communist type of country with no inalienable god-given freedoms and rights under the iron rule of the British monarchy and also that Americans don't have much interest in Canada because it's too expensive and doesn't represent any opportunities for them.
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I don't think most Americans believe Canada is Communist.

I don't understand why Trudeau had a soft spot for Fidel Castro, though.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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Heh. The words "republic" or "republican" are rarely used words in Canada. It's not likely you'd hear them spoken in any typical conversations. Some people would have to look them up just to find out what they mean.

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A republican in Canada is someone who wishes that Canada were a Republic instead of a Confederation... (It was a Dominion until 1982)

Namely, a republican in Canada is someone who wishes to remove the Queen from her throne.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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By default on surface this is somewhat true, mainly because America culture and media has been exported to Canada at a greater rate than Canadian to the US. I find that overall Canadians "think" they know more about American politics, policy and culture than they actually do.

Yes they will know the basics, but once you press them to go in depth with their opinions the ignorance and lack of knowledge is exposed pretty quickly. Which is very similar to many other cultures around the globe.
You have to actually live somewhere to understand the politics there... Canadians like to think they understand US politics because they live next to it, but they can't understand the heart of it. The push/pull... The fear on both sides of the health care debate, etc.

They probably do understand better than than any other nation though.

If Australia were next to Canada instead of the US, Canada wouldn't have half the national inferiority complexes it currently has.
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