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Old 06-21-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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I'm guessing it's because in Canada The Northwest Mounted Police were the law in far outreaches of the country. You weren't just dealing with a sheriff but a whole organized police force.
Canada never had a " wild west " .
We had organized police forces as well: Texas Rangers, Arizona Rangers, Arizona Territorial Police, New Mexico Mounted Police, California State Police, etc in addition to US Deputy Marshals, US Customs Mounted Inspectors, Bureau of Indian Affairs Police, and the US Army.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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Canadian beer is as bad as American beer.

I'm not talking microbreweries here, but generic beer. Molson is not any better than bud, and labatt is not any better than miller. It all tastes the same.

There are some good microbreweries in both countries, though. In any case, beer in both countries sucks comparing to German, Dutch, Belgian and other European beer.

Guys, you'd better choose another topic for comparison. In terms of beer, both Canada and the US have nothing to brag about.
This is very true. Both Canadian and American maintstream beers are crap, even though the Canadian stuff may have an extra 1-2% on average. The only exception I find is in Quebec, the breweries there are as close to European quality as you can get. Higher quality microbreweries are now getting more popular overall in both countries, but have been in existence for ages in certain places like Cali.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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We had organized police forces as well: Texas Rangers, Arizona Rangers, Arizona Territorial Police, New Mexico Mounted Police, California State Police, etc in addition to US Deputy Marshals, US Customs Mounted Inspectors, Bureau of Indian Affairs Police, and the US Army.

The Texas Rangers were a small force of 150 men by 1841. The Arizona rangers only lasted from 1901 to 1909. Can find very little on the Arizona Territorial Police, only that they existed from 1902 to 1910.
The California State Police at the time of the " wild west " seems ( according to wiki ) NOT to be a police force for individual towns in the California.

"The California State Police was a security police agency founded in 1887 which served to protect the State Capitol Building, the Governor, other state agencies located throughout the state and thousands of State employees 24hrs a day. They provided police services to all state agencies that did not have their own police force"

The main point I'm making is that in the U.S. west your towns had sheriffs who's looked after local law enforcement. In Canada's west and north we had the NWMP which were the law. It's history is quite different than the patchwork of forces you list. It began in 1874,( and continues in the form of the RCMP ) but by the time of the Klondike Goldrush they were set up in the area. Many U.S. miners were surprised that when coming into town had to surrender there firearms to the police until they left.

"In 1896, concerned about the influence of American miners and the ongoing liquor trade, the Canadian government sent inspector Charles Constantine to report on conditions in the Yukon. Constantine correctly forecast a coming gold rush and urgently recommended sending a force to secure Canadian sovereignty there and collect customs duties; he returned the following year with a force of 20 men. Under the command of Constantine, and his successor in 1898, the more famous Sam Steele, the NWMP distinguished itself during the Klondike Gold Rush, which started in 1896, making it one of the most peaceful and orderly such affairs in history.[citation needed] The NWMP not only enforced criminal law, but also collected customs duties, established a number of rules such as the "ton of goods" requirement for prospectors to enter the Yukon to avoid another famine, mandatory boat inspections for those wanting to travel the Yukon River, and created the Blue Ticket used to expel undesirables from the Klondike. The Mounties did tolerate certain illegal activities, such as gambling and prostitution, and the force did not succeed in its attempt to establish order and Canadian sovereignty in Skagway, Alaska, at the head of the Lynn Canal, instead creating the customs post at the summit of the Chilkoot Pass. At that same time, the dissolution of the NWMP was being discussed in the House of Commons, but the gold rush prospectors were so impressed by the conduct of the Mounted Police that the force became world famous and its continuation was ensured."
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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There were a lot more riots in American history. Not all were racially motivated.

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