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Old 02-19-2014, 09:14 PM
Location: East coast
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Do you think Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are comparable in how socially liberal they are compared to the most reputedly liberal American cities such as NYC, San Francisco, and the liberal cities of northern California and the Pacific Northwest?

Or do you think they are even more so or less so?

I know there are socially liberal activist movements in Canada such as the very large tuition fees protests in Montreal and the "SlutWalk" protest in Toronto. In the United States, you also have protests, by social activists, over issues of social justice such as the Occupy Wall Street movement and the outcry regarding the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Do you think the Canadians are even more liberally activist or willing to go out of their way to fight for such causes as the most activist Americans? I know Canadians have been known social liberalism since the Vietnam era and the counterculture with the draft dodgers going to Canada.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:09 AM
Location: Canada
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It is socially liberal, but that doesn't mean activist, I find that in general English Canadians are culturally averse to putting themselves out there and protesting. Protests are generally very small scale in Canada, activism is generally through more subdued means. Quebecois of both linguistic persuasion are much more willing to participate in street activism. So I'd say Montreal may be more activist, the other cities probably less. That has nothing to do with social liberalism though, conservatives can be activist as well if they wish.
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:51 AM
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Not that socially liberal if we look at liquor control policy in Ontario. The government seems to enjoy being the nanny telling citizens how to enjoy some harmless beer or wine.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:17 AM
Location: Northern Ontario, Canada
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I don't think the Canadian cities you mentioned are all that comparable to 'liberal' US cities. Canadian political culture is one of old-school Toryism with streaks of socialism. The US has neither of those. People here tend to be restrained, passive, and deferential to the various levels of government. Activism is simply not commonly seen all that often, as there's a belief that government knows best and will look out for the common good (in the end, at least). Canadians, at the end of the day, just want peace, order, and good government.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:05 PM
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It is with the greatest of respect that I disagree with the posters who have answered thus far, markovian process. There are plenty of noisy activists going around in all three of the Canadian cities that you named, forever bleating about the latest socially liberal causes du jour. If that is your scene, then you had better believe it exists in any of those three cities and that the true believers indulge in the same annoying hijinks as do their counterparts south of the border.
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