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Old 06-17-2015, 06:39 PM
 
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To be honest as a Canadian I don't think we are. With the exception of a few Pacific and North east states the U.S is mostly a conservative country, where Canada is not. We have different cultures - of course we share a generic North American culture in someways but there are many differences. There really isn't a gun culture in Canada like the states and the gangster element just isn't here either apart from a few teeny tiny pockets in Montreal and maybe Toronto.. We're mostly gang free and for the most part low crime

Another thing is healthcare, Canadians support government and tax funded healthcare where as Americans are 100% opposed to "socialized medicine" and prefer private care through an employer.

Accent is another thing.. It is said that Canadian and American English is close to 99% similar but to me there are jarring differences. Most Americans I notice speak with a drawl or a bit of a twang (Great Lakes area) and even the west and pacific states still have a little "twang" going on where Canadian speech for the part is clipped, with raised vowels and extended monopthongs. When you think about it, there is nowhere in the US where they sound Canadian even the neighbouring great lakes areas sound entirely different with a night and day contrast. And to me as a Canadian "Minnesotans" and "uppers" sound absolutely nothing like me - they just sound like they have a great lakes accent with maybe some Finnish? I have no clue why we're thought of as sounding similar. Again, nowhere in the U.S can you find truly Canadian speech patterns and nowhere in Canada will you find anyone speaking American English with flat twangy vowels ("sarry" "owwt" ect)

In my opinion we really are not very similar at all.

 
Old 06-17-2015, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Riveting.
 
Old 06-17-2015, 07:05 PM
 
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Riveting.
Sarcasm?
 
Old 06-17-2015, 07:31 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Sarcasm?
Despite a lot of indifference many Americans feel towards Canada, a country that I happen to be very fond of, let me just say we are still quite aware of the differences you have stated. And what you had to say about them, really aren't all that compelling. It's not what you said, but rather how you said it. No meat, bones, or any good substance. Just a trivial post, with a dash of chip on shoulder.

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Old 06-17-2015, 07:42 PM
 
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Despite a lot of indifference many Americans feel towards Canada, a country I happen to be very fond of, let me just say we are still pretty aware of the differences you state. And what you had to say about them, really aren't all that compelling. It's not what you said, but rather how you said it. No meat, bones, or any good substance. Just a trivial post, with a dash of chip on shoulder.
I know. But you agree we're really nothing alike? Right?
 
Old 06-17-2015, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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Canada is like the USA imo, I relate really well to most people from Canada, we have our differences but we are more similar to Canada than any other country. I love Canada.
 
Old 06-17-2015, 07:52 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I know. But you agree we're really nothing alike? Right?
Ummm...., well first, don't put words in my mouth. Second, when I think about places like Indonesia, Nigeria, Peru, Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Portugal, Cuba, hell even Mexico, then its easy for me to conjure up thoughts of Canada and the US having a tremendous amount of things in common.

The biggest distinction I think most of us see on this side of the border is in just one province, Quebec. It's my favorite province. And even there we still have a lot in common. More so than with any other country abroad or south of our border, that's for sure.

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Old 06-17-2015, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I know. But you agree we're really nothing alike? Right?
Sounds like you are trying to prove something.
 
Old 06-17-2015, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Sounds like you are trying to prove something.
That's what I was thinking...
 
Old 06-17-2015, 11:22 PM
 
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Canada and the US ate nothing alike! You say tomato and we say tahmahto. So besides the US, what country do you think is most like the Canada, OP?
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