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Old 06-24-2014, 12:46 AM
 
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According to this, the French view the US more favourably than the British.
That chart confirms what I have read from different sources over the years. The Greeks win the anti-American award for Europeans.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:30 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Being critical of ones government doesn't equal being anti-American. I really don't know why Canada is even on your list, since we basically have the same culture, society/people as they do. But yeah, Canada is going to critque the **** out of the American government, since every-single-move they make can have serious reprecussions for our nation.

Everything else you see on the internet between Canadians and Americans is a sibling rivalry that really, the rest of the world just doesn't get. We love eachother, we hate eachother, we'll defend eachother to the death. That's just the way we roll.
I think Canadian culture is similar but the society is still very different in many ways, though not as different as Europe. Canada has a more socialist society and socialist tendencies than the US does, this may change after Obama finishes his term.

For example, I disagree with Canadian elements like government health care, overly liberal immigration laws, weed legalization, gay marriage, gun control and the lack of capital punishment. I consider myself a very traditional kind of American who is concerned about how the US is changing.
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:31 PM
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Canada is hardly European, but it is more open to European opinions or agreements than the US, since its architecture and food make it distinctly North American (not a bad thing).

They still have less paid time off from work compared to most European nations, although slightly better than the US, and have a somewhat "live to work" attitude (especially in Ontario).





But to answer the topic:

Criticizing the government does not make you anti-American.


It is like the French, they are extremely proud people who are proud of their nationality but often criticize their government. It is a form of tough love or suggestion on what it can do better.

That is the same with certain countries and some Americans.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Take your pick lol.


Stewart Lee- America - The Best Bit - YouTube
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I think Canadian culture is similar but the society is still very different in many ways, though not as different as Europe. Canada has a more socialist society and socialist tendencies than the US does, this may change after Obama finishes his term.

For example, I disagree with Canadian elements like government health care, overly liberal immigration laws, weed legalization, gay marriage, gun control and the lack of capital punishment. I consider myself a very traditional kind of American who is concerned about how the US is changing.
You are living in the first two decades of the wrong century. Uganda might be a good fit in this century for you.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Canada is hardly European, but it is more open to European opinions or agreements than the US, since its architecture and food make it distinctly North American (not a bad thing).

They still have less paid time off from work compared to most European nations, although slightly better than the US, and have a somewhat "live to work" attitude (especially in Ontario).
You do realize Canadians get paid benefits up to 1 year for maternity/paternity leave. I get 4 weeks vacation per year and this is not atypical for a Canadian working for a decent company full time. I live in Ontario as well... go figure.
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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I feel like Canada and the UK are both the most anti-American countries, as well as the most pro-American countries. Eropean countries overall really seem to have a chip on their shoulder when it comes to the US.

I have no problem with criticism of the US gov, as many people in the US don't even agree with the politics here. What I do think is a problem is how rude and judgemental people can be. On the internet, at least, I find that foreigners love making comments about Americans being obese, gun loving, obnoxious, and dumb in order to shame us. It's really sad, because they don't even realize how disgusting and rude they're being.

They seriously seem more concerned about the way we live and the things we do than their own countries.
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:10 AM
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You do realize Canadians get paid benefits up to 1 year for maternity/paternity leave. I get 4 weeks vacation per year and this is not atypical for a Canadian working for a decent company full time. I live in Ontario as well... go figure.
The minimum in Canada is 10-20 days a year and it can depend on the province. Your situation does not include those in retail and service industry.

UK gives all full time workers (no matter what job) 4 weeks and France gives 5 weeks minimum.
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:18 AM
 
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I feel like Canada and the UK are both the most anti-American countries, as well as the most pro-American countries. Eropean countries overall really seem to have a chip on their shoulder when it comes to the US.

I have no problem with criticism of the US gov, as many people in the US don't even agree with the politics here. What I do think is a problem is how rude and judgemental people can be. On the internet, at least, I find that foreigners love making comments about Americans being obese, gun loving, obnoxious, and dumb in order to shame us. It's really sad, because they don't even realize how disgusting and rude they're being.

They seriously seem more concerned about the way we live and the things we do than their own countries.
This is the internet. All nationalities undergo the same thing. You are just more accustomed to American bashing than say French or German bashing because as an American national you make more research about the US, and you are more touchy about critics of the US.
Then the US is still the most influential country, so you'll see more good or bad critics about it than about most countries.
Just don't play the victim card, it's quite frequent in this forum while you have no special reasons.
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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The minimum in Canada is 10-20 days a year and it can depend on the province. Your situation does not include those in retail and service industry.

UK gives all full time workers (no matter what job) 4 weeks and France gives 5 weeks minimum.
Ok well 20 days is four weeks lol, plus there is also paid leave for med time off as caregiver to a terminally ill relative (forgot the period of time)...and at least you learned about the maternal/paternal benefits... yer welcome

This is just about paid leave as well don't forget about other socialized benefits including free universal healthcare for all citizens since the 60's and a progressive record on social issues including allowing gay marriage a full decade before the UK and before many other EU countries so umm yeah

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