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Bruce, Caroline

Canada Awareness Poll

I am a very proud Canadian. While I love America and Americans (one American in particular), I do think that sometimes Canada, quite unintentionally, gets forgotten and ignored by our wonderful neighbors to the south. So here, to put Canada back on the map, is the Canada Awareness Quiz.

Poll #1135216 Canada Awareness Quiz

On average, would you say that your typical American

knows more about Canada than your typical Canadian knows about the US?
0(0.0%)
Knows about the same about Canada as your typical American knows about the US?
1(6.7%)
knows less about Canada than your typical Canadian knows about the US?
14(93.3%)

In terms of population, Canada is

larger than the United States.
1(6.7%)
approximately the same size as the United States.
3(20.0%)
smaller than the United States
11(73.3%)

The Canadian head of state is the

president.
1(6.7%)
prime minister.
9(60.0%)
grand poobah.
1(6.7%)
queen of England.
4(26.7%)
president of the United States.
0(0.0%)

Canada's value to the US as a trading partner is

substantial.
6(40.0%)
notable.
8(53.3%)
a blip on the American economy.
0(0.0%)
inconsequential.
0(0.0%)
nonexistent.
1(6.7%)

On 9-11, the first country to offer assistance to the United States was

Mexico.
0(0.0%)
England.
0(0.0%)
France.
1(6.7%)
Afghanistan.
0(0.0%)
Canada.
14(93.3%)

After 9-11, one of the countries that President Bush didn't mention when listing off the countries that had provided assistance was

Mexico.
0(0.0%)
England.
0(0.0%)
Canada.
15(100.0%)

All governments and politics aside, Canadian and American people

are basically alike and generally get along well.
13(86.7%)
are basically alike, but different enough to keep relationships chilled.
1(6.7%)
tolerate each other.
0(0.0%)
are very different and can barely keep the peace.
1(6.7%)
are vastly different and constantly at each other's throats.
0(0.0%)
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i'm totally guessing.

i have pretty much no idea.

this sort of proves your stereotype.

i'm about 87% sure on the president thing, though.
I worked for a Canadian Bank for almost four years and lived in Toronto 3-4 days most weeks. I made wonderful friends, consider them my second family and visit as often as I can. It always struck me that in general, quality of life was higher in Canada, distribution of wealth was fair, and national health care was impressive, and you seem to have a balanced, rational view of national defense.

Having written that, I never understood why Cadadians seem to care so much about American's opinion of Canada. The Globe and Mail would dedicate 2 editorials to the topic most weeks. You have good up North. Why care about what we think.
Several reasons, I suppose. First of all, America is the most powerful nation on earth. When you're almost a global nonentity and your neighbors are the most powerful nation on earth, their opinion matters. Also, if we do something that bugs you, you guys can make our lives miserable if you so choose. There are other reasons, but those are the ones off the top of my head.
I understand the first point, but somehow I don't this we'll go to war against you guys again since you won the last time.

It seems to me that Canada has always stood up to the US on issues of principle and national sovereignty. The boycott of Cuba being a perfect example. On many levels, Canada is less aligned with the US and especially my President that Great Britain.
Well, take the Iraq war as an example. I won't go into a debate on who's right, but we didn't follow you guys in that. A lot of us believe that a lot of the trade disputes our two countries have were made rockier as a result of our refusal to join you in Iraq. Because the United States is our biggest trading partner, and we theirs, the repercussions can be significant.