Cultural differences between Canada and United States
Often, it is difficult to tell what the actual differences between Americans and Canadians. However, there are natural benefits that are as a result of having sense of identity. Human beings normally have a strong capability to build personalities for themselves, which is mainly a social procedure of construction. A number of them takes little differences and make them look bigger, while most of them are as a result of differences and mostly from thoughts of sense of identity. It is tough finding things to hang identity on for every English-speaking Canadian. It is not actually the language, which makes them different, but just makes them different from French speaking Canadians. This causes them to be more like Americans as far as language is concerned. Food does not bring much difference because most foodstuffs are similar for both countries (Waugh 34).
Both Canadian Nationalism and anti-Americanism are almost alike. In Canada, it is not easy to find nationalists who can support Canada without downgrading United States. This means that Canada describes itself as opposed to America. This is not surprising indeed, bearing in mind the geographic position of Canada and the fact that almost 90 percent of its population covers about 120 kilometres of the United States border. The two countries boast about having the largest undefended border all over the world, but this becomes Canadian nationalist most horrible enemy. This is what makes most of the Canadian nationalists oppose business agreements like NAFTA. Ideas that would assist Canada flourish, like currency, forces and customs unions with America, go against the structure of Canadian nationalist. Despite how economically beneficial the plans are towards the citizens of Canada and America at large, it does not facilitate in maintaining a properly defined border (Pierce 320).
Canadians of course have what is known as identity crisis. This means every person requires having sense of belonging, feelings that he/she belongs to something progressive, distinctive and proud. Its team spirit, on the other hand, is mixed-up because of the massive monster that directly or indirectly takes control of everything from its economy to its customs. For that reason, Canadian nationalists signify they are Canadians or they are not Americans, although in almost all ways, other Canadians, are known to be Americans from the spoken language, food they take, sports as well as entertainments they watch. In this case, there are actually various differences between Americans and Canadians. All the main differences seen between the two countries are regional, for instance, the natives of Arkansas compared with the natives of Columbia are greatly different. They talk with a different tone and have different traditions, cuisine and cultures. This means that if you place average Columbian in the centre of Arkansas, everybody would realize that the person does not originate from Arkansas. Likewise, putting the similar person in State of Washington, nobody would realize he/she does not originate from Washington. Vancouver and Seattle are nearly equal contrasted to a city such as Little Rock (Waugh 60).
Canadian nationalists points two differences in gun control, health care, criminal punishment as well as immigration policy. Nevertheless, all these disparities are based on how the citizens of these two countries are governed, but not who they are. When judgment polls are carried out in United States and Canada, the greater part of respondents seems to favour tough gun control. In both nations, the majority of surveyed respondents tend to favour capital punishment. Yet the Canadian liberal government has absolutely refused to consider legislation of the country, while America, the individual states choose whether having capital judgment or not. In addition, Canadian nationalists claim that they are varied and bilingual, not homogenous and unilingual. They observe peace, rather than world police and are socially compassionate instead of being harsh and intolerant. Certainly, as many Canadians believe, the most part of their country is not bilingual. The allegory that America is homogenous is based on the belief by most nationalists that Canada is usually a multicultural nation, while the United States is regarded as melting point. Of course, Canada is normally multicultural, and so is United States. In fact, New York City has more cultural groups compared to any other town all over the globe (Pierce 344).
Being socially caring is an unspoken allegation of Canadian ethical dominance. Undoubtedly, America contributes more, privately and publicly, towards the disadvantaged that all other countries including Canada. Naturally, the United States is a generous donor nation. This is the unique difference observed in America. As far as policing the earth, it is dependent on how policing is viewed, but in every event, from Persian Gulf to Somalia and Kosovo, Canada has always been on the right by the side of America, supporting both militarily and politically conflicts that United States engaged in for the last 25 years. Canada, has customarily urged such law actions more than America. Finally, while Canadians might view themselves as being a country with a more global perspective, less that quarter of Canadians may even name every nation in G-8, a governmental group forum, whereby Canada is a member (Pierce 390).
Pierce, John. Political Culture and Public Policy in Canada and the United States. United States: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000. Print.
Waugh Basil. Canadians and Americans are more similar that assumed. 2011. Web. 21st February 2015.