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Old 07-14-2015, 10:02 AM
 
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I thought the premise set out by the OP was flawed, but the way some Canadians jumped to defend that premise without question is stunning.
We're getting used to those ones and their irksome agenda.

Even Canadian saddles occasionally tolerate an errant burr under them.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Yes, anyone who says otherwise is grievously mistaken. The parameters are different as they are with any country, but overall Canada is as free as any country in the world, including the U.S.

A lot of this "Canada isn't free" nonsense comes from the expectation that things are all going to be exactly the same as the U.S. And that any deviation from the U.S. norm is a step backward.

Even if they are different from the U.S., Japan is still "modern", Germany is still "prosperous" and Canada is still "free".
Hence the time I was told by an American that Canada wasn't really free because of our gun laws.

I told him, you don't get to set the bar on what freedom is no matter what you've been told.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I thought the premise set out by the OP was flawed, but the way some Canadians jumped to defend that premise without question is stunning.
Never assume someones nationality on CD. We have " posers " everywhere.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:44 PM
 
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Never assume someones nationality on CD. We have " posers " everywhere.
Kudos!

Advice that I would be wise to remember from time to time.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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If you guys are talking about the OP Matt Cassidy, I am almost positive he is Canadian. He's an anglo from the "regions'' of Quebec way outside Montreal, who now lives in the West somewhere I am pretty sure. He's got too much information on Quebec, French Canadian culture and Canada in general in order to be an American posing as a Canadian just to stir up crap.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:14 PM
 
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If you guys are talking about the OP Matt Cassidy, I am almost positive he is Canadian. He's an anglo from the "regions'' of Quebec way outside Montreal, who now lives in the West somewhere I am pretty sure. He's got too much information on Quebec, French Canadian culture and Canada in general in order to be an American posing as a Canadian just to stir up crap.
Well, at least we've ALL got his modus-operandi defined to a "T".

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Old 07-15-2015, 02:11 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Hence the time I was told by an American that Canada wasn't really free because of our gun laws.

I told him, you don't get to set the bar on what freedom is no matter what you've been told.
Freedom from being shot and killed by a self-appointed, gun-armed vigilante just because I've decided to buy Skittles and iced tea from the local corner store?

That's the kind of freedom I like.
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Old 07-15-2015, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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If you guys are talking about the OP Matt Cassidy, I am almost positive he is Canadian. He's an anglo from the "regions'' of Quebec way outside Montreal, who now lives in the West somewhere I am pretty sure. He's got too much information on Quebec, French Canadian culture and Canada in general in order to be an American posing as a Canadian just to stir up crap.
I was speaking generally.
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Old 07-15-2015, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Freedom from being shot and killed by a self-appointed, gun-armed vigilante just because I've decided to buy Skittles and iced tea from the local corner store?

That's the kind of freedom I like.
My answer was actually close to that. I told him that I was free to walk around any city in Canada and not feel threatened. ( this was back in 1987, things are still safe, but I'm sure someone here will pipe up about a neighbourhood somewhere )

In defence of most Americans, this guy wasn't the brightest. I was in Italy at the time sitting with two American brothers and two English friends. After my Canadian city comment, he turned to the two English guys and said
" Well in England you don't have freedom of the press, because you can't print anything bad about the Queen."

His brother put his face into his hands shaking his head, the two English guys were dumfounded and didn't know what to say. One mumbled something about The Sun newspaper.

It was quite funny actually.

Ya want more? I gotta a million of 'em !

In Europe in 1987 you got a lot of Euro pop music. You got kind of tired of it, so while sitting in the same cafe, a Beatles song came on. Mr. No Freedom pipes up ands says " ah, FINALLY some good old American music ".
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:23 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Hence the time I was told by an American that Canada wasn't really free because of our gun laws.

I told him, you don't get to set the bar on what freedom is no matter what you've been told.
Don't ever let those people tell you you are not free or America is more free than you those type of people probably don't know much about the world outside their state.
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