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Old 05-21-2016, 10:25 AM
 
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How is Canada a superpower? A superpower is a country that can coerce, through its sheer military, political and cultural might, how countries act around the world. Canada can't even influence its only neighbor, like Keystone XL. It's not even a regional or continental power.
A superpower is a country that can positively influence, rather than coerce.

The oil company that wants to build the pipeline has been unable to convince Canadians that it's a good idea. That the same company cannot convince people South of the border is no surprise and insignificant.

The second largest country in the world is a superpower by virtue of its size and resources - especially water. That Canada has shared its wealth of knowledge and way of life without "sheer military might" speaks to the superior style and influence of Canadians.

The population explosion should be a serious international concern, not an objective.
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Old 05-21-2016, 10:26 AM
 
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Canada is NOT a superpower. It's just Americas and Britons Bi**h. The state of California has a larger population than Canada.
Good luck with the fresh water shortage in California.
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:15 AM
 
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Canada is NOT a superpower. It's just Americas and Britons Bi**h. The state of California has a larger population than Canada.
Oh, wow, what a burn, dude!

If you insist on writing childish, insulting things, then at least get your insults straight:

Britain= the country of Great Britain

Briton=a citizen of Great Britain
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:22 AM
 
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Good luck with the fresh water shortage in California.
Seriously?
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:30 AM
 
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Seriously?
C'mon Dixie, your response to that ignorant dude tysmith95 was great, but as you know the 'targets' rebuttals to those types of posts are never so carefully crafted with the niceties of diplomacy and tact frontmost in anybody's mind.
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Old 05-21-2016, 12:46 PM
 
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Seriously?
I'm especially impressed with the superpowers in the White House who have decided that men who want to be women have more rights than women, and that the term gender will be replaced with identity. Especially amusing is the consequence that education funding will be withheld from school children who do not comply.

Power is super!
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Old 05-21-2016, 12:56 PM
 
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Are people in the US insecure about the superpower strength and influence of their neighbor to the North?
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Old 05-21-2016, 01:04 PM
 
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Aaah;that would be "no". It's called economy of scale and it's inherent and incidental effect on any economy and it's resultant number of opportunities.

Where would you expect to find more opportunities, in a country with an economy supported by 35 mil. or one of 350 mil.

Where would you expect to find the kind of funding formulae that would result in servicing the universities and other things of larger demand.

Putting it quite simply and perhaps more rudely: you should be a whole lot better than you are at present at most things across the board!

Your "attained" education stats aren't so great, your quality of primary/secondary education are abysmal to say the least, your health related stats are terrible, your QOL ratings are falling, your overall general happiness polls routinely show you as less happy and content than some third world countries with a larger per-capita debt load and less personal savings.

These very boards are replete with Americans posting about things like a $400.00 doctor's visit being outside the capabilities of the average American.

2015 American Household Credit Card Debt Study
Total owed by average U.S. household carrying this type of debt Total debt owed by U.S. consumers
Credit cards $15,762 $733 billion
Mortgages $168,614 $8.25 trillion
Auto loans $27,141 $1.06 trillion
Student loans $48,172 $1.23 trillion

Canada excluding mortgage:

Consumer debt rising, but Canadians have a better handle on it - Business - CBC News

This less flattering one includes mortgage debt:

The good, the bad and the ugly of Canadian household debt: Should we be worried? | Financial Post


Given the opportunity to trade for a larger military, a lifestyle financed via credit card debt, the opportunity to pay three times as much for a similar education and god only knows how much more over the typical lifespan (ours are longer by the by) for routine pre-emptive healthcare ............anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of economics would probably opt for..........well that depends on the individuals tastes and the propaganda fed to them as always, doesn't it?

The only aspect where America is seriously behind Canada is health care coverage (for low income people)......ACA tried to plug some holes but strains are showing already somewhere else, universal coverage with a public option is inevitable.

Education can be an issue in some aspects but overall America is still doing just fine in human capital development.

QOL or happiness measurement are highly subjective, very difficult to measure. I would argue that the average citizen of Barcelona or Valencia, for example, disintegrate in QOL anyone from North America but maybe is my European bias.

I would also argue that a grocery store cashier I personally know that years ago moved to Atlanta with her husband (working in retail as well) has a better QOL than a similar person in a big city in the PNW or Vancouver...they live in a small but lovely house (paid a fraction of what it would cost up here) in a clean and safe working class neighborhood, very sunny weather and great outdoor opportunities

It is interesting that some of the countries with very high "happiness" ratings conversely have relatively high suicide and depression rates so.....

When it comes to debt why should I detract mortgages from the calculation for Canadians?? Debt is debt.

Lower rates in general compared to Canada obviously encourage to load on debt.

Let's also not forget that Americans can discharge their debt more easily than Canadians.
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Old 05-21-2016, 01:10 PM
 
Location: B.C., Canada
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So do you guys think Canada can potentially be a superpower? It has a plethora of resources and an abundance of space.
You already asked this question 48 posts ago when you started this topic and you got lots of sensible answers.

Are you having a problem with reading comprehension and don't understand the answers you got or are you just trolling?

Instead of repeating the same question again it would be good if you join in the discussion and provide some input of your own.

Why are you asking about Canada being a superpower and what makes you think that having space and resources is relevant to being a superpower? I'm not seeing the connection so please explain the relevancy.

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Old 05-21-2016, 01:20 PM
 
Location: B.C., Canada
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Are people in the US insecure about the superpower strength and influence of their neighbor to the North?
Good question. I believe that some of them are insecure and feeling threatened about the potential for it happening, as evidenced by some of the responses from some (not all) Americans posting in this thread.

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