Canada is a socialist country
We’re not perfect. We aren’t. There’s lots to complain about up here. Many things we’ve done wrong and continue to do wrong (just look at how we treat our Aboriginal population). But we get a lot of things right. Here’s a comparison between some outcomes in Canada versus the United States. All data was taken from reasonable sources. You can fact check all of this. I think I got it right, in the hour I spent looking this up. There are many ways to look at things, but these ones are important to me, so that’s what I researched.
National debt per person in the US: $69,000 US
National debt per person in Canada: $41,000 CDN ($31,500 US)
Yeah, so socialism doesn’t bankrupt you. Canada has way lower debt totals than the US, even though we have a very good set of social programs that actually take care of people. Our debt is still too high, but at least we’re not at US levels.
Military spending in US per capita: $2222 US
Military spending in Canada per capita: $533 CDN ($410 US)
Right, that’s where the money is being spent in the US.
Firearms in the US: 120 guns per every 100 people
Firearms in Canada: 34 guns per every 100 people
So yeah, socialism doesn’t take away your guns. Although I still can’t figure out why we have so many guns per person up here. I mean, what do we do with all this fire power? Shoot each other?
Murders per 100,000 people US: 5
Murders per 100,000 people Canada: 1.7
So no, we don’t shoot each other all the time. Somehow, we find a way to murder less people up here. Must be because we have more police, right?
Police in Canada: 185 per 100,000 population
Police in United States: 300 per 100,000 population
How weird is that? We’re safer here even though we have fewer police officers and fewer guns.
People killed in our independence from England: 0
People killed in American independence from England: about 20,000
Okay, this one’s very unfair, but Canada did gain independence without a shot being fired. Just saying.
People who have health care in Canada: everyone
People who have health care in the United States: about 80%
The United States is a mix of private health coverage, so levels vary. Canadian health care is a public system. In Canada, we take care of everyone, but we only spend about 10% of our GDP on health care while the States spends about 17% of its GDP on health care – and doesn’t cover everyone. Weird.
Percentage of folks in Canada who have a post-graduate degree: 54
Percentage of folks in US who have a post-graduate degree: 33
Going to college or university isn’t the be-all and end-all and I certainly wouldn’t suggest that you have to have a degree. But the difference is pretty stark. Why aren’t more Americans going to college?
Average cost of tuition in Canada/year: max $6,600, as low as $2,100
Average cost of tuition in US/year: $9,700 state, $35,600 private
Think this has anything to do with how many people actually go to college or university in the States?
Average income in Canada: $61,000 CDN
Average income in United States: $61,000 US
That’s interesting. We make about the same amount on average but we have lower debt levels and a better overall social system. That means someone must be making out like a bandit…
Total billionaires in United States: 614 (top 10 amount to $731 billion in wealth)
Total billionaires in Canada: 44 (top 10 amount to $126 billion in wealth)
Now if you really look at those numbers, Canada actually has more wealth concentrated in its top 10 billionaires per unit of GDP or population than in the United States. That surprises me. But it also says that yes, you can get insanely rich in a socialist country if you want to.
Number of political parties and choices in Canada represented at Federal level: 5
Number of political parties and choices in the United States represented: 2
You think maybe this is part of the problem?
COVID deaths per capita in Canada: 24
COVID deaths per capita in United States: 56
This one’s sad, and all it means is that no one got it right. But the US is a richer country than Canada, and spends proportionately more of its GDP on health care, so how did this happen?
So, tell me: what do you find fearful about socialism? And remind me: what is the greatest country in the world again?