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Old 06-28-2013, 05:20 PM
 
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All things considered ..

Canada would punch much above its weight.

... many ways to look at it ....
tiny population of 33 million in the world's second largest country
great natural diversity
great people diversity
great economic diversity ...
It would be Amir Khan, a featherfist with potential who keeps getting knocked out.

Tiny population 33 million people plus the 3 million canadians abroad makes canada one of the most populous countries in the world. Diplomatically places like Portugal with actual tiny populations punch FAR FAR FAR above their weight compared to Canada. There is no country who will care if Canada is angry at them, NONE.

Its best thing is its economy but its ireelevent with no army, and weak political influence it is just money and we are in debt as a nation so we have no international influence of significance other than minor aid which most countries do not care about.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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As far as music goes, this is my favorite Canadian band. I can imagine BruSan cruising the U.S. in his RV with the song blasting away!

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Old 07-02-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Lethbridge, AB
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It would be Amir Khan, a featherfist with potential who keeps getting knocked out.

Tiny population 33 million people plus the 3 million canadians abroad makes canada one of the most populous countries in the world. Diplomatically places like Portugal with actual tiny populations punch FAR FAR FAR above their weight compared to Canada. There is no country who will care if Canada is angry at them, NONE.

Its best thing is its economy but its ireelevent with no army, and weak political influence it is just money and we are in debt as a nation so we have no international influence of significance other than minor aid which most countries do not care about.
Where, exactly, do you come up with this stuff?

Ranked, in comparison with the rest of the world, our military capability is rated surprisingly high.
GlobalFirepower ranks Canada 19th overall. We rank 16th in terms of overall military budget.

Not exactly the stuff of major military powers, but 16th or 19th out of 196 is not exactly "no army".

As for money, our debt, as a percentage of our GDP is quite low (64%). We rank 6th in terms of development aid money given (5.68 billion US Dollars or slightly less than 5% of the world total).

If we stick to population as our measure of how much influence a country ought to have, Canada comes out quite well.

We rank 36th in terms of population, so:

- Our military capability rates 17 spots above our population
- Our aid spending rates 30 spots above our population
- Our total GDP rates 25 spots above our population
- Our foreign aid spending rates 30 spots above our population

It would be far more apt to describe Canada as a boxer who has a large amount of natural talent, fights somewhat better than he ought to on paper, but not well enough to break into the ranks of true "contenders".
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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It would be Amir Khan, a featherfist with potential who keeps getting knocked out.

Tiny population 33 million people plus the 3 million canadians abroad makes canada one of the most populous countries in the world. Diplomatically places like Portugal with actual tiny populations punch FAR FAR FAR above their weight compared to Canada. There is no country who will care if Canada is angry at them, NONE.

Its best thing is its economy but its ireelevent with no army, and weak political influence it is just money and we are in debt as a nation so we have no international influence of significance other than minor aid which most countries do not care about.
Who the hell is Amir Khan? And Stubblejumper is right .....

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Where, exactly, do you come up with this stuff?
It is the year 2013, and we live in a knowledge based world now. And Canada is now the most educated country in the world! That's got to count for something right?

RANK 1. Canada
> Pct. population with postsecondary education: 50%

In Canada, 50% of the adult population has completed tertiary education, easily the highest rate in the OECD. Each year, public and private expenditure on education amount to 2.5% of GDP, the fourth-highest rate in the world. Tertiary education spending accounts for 41% of total education spending in the country. In the U.S., the proportion is closer to 37%. In Israel, the rate is 22%. In Canada, nearly 25% of students have an immigrant background.


The 10 Most Educated Countries in the World - Yahoo! Finance

And the World’s Most Educated Country Is… | TIME.com
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:37 PM
 
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What about international clout, sports, entertainment, etc.?

When was the last time Canada had a "world champion" boxer? (Yeah, I don't like boxing, either. Too brutal!)
In a way similar to dog fighting. Winner destroys opponent physically.
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