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It's Embarrassing To Be Canadian Now


When you think of Canada, which qualities come to mind? The world's peacekeeper, the friendly nation, a liberal counterweight to the harsher pieties of its southern neighbour, decent, civilised, fair, well-governed? Think again. This country's government is now behaving with all the sophistication of a chimpanzee's tea party.

Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, diverse economy towards dependence on a single primary resource, which happens to be the dirtiest commodity known to man. The price of this transition is the brutalisation of the country, and a government campaign against multilateralism.

The Canadian government lies to their citizens just as much as any other corrupt nation. If you ask most Canadians why their military is in Afghanistan, they don't even know the answer. More than eighty percent of the population believes it has something to do with the "war on terrorism," but they are clueless on what that actually means.

The lack of geopolitical knowledge is largely due to their mainstream media as in all countries where the media controllers are few. However, most Canadians are completely ignorant to the fact that oil interests and protection of the opium cartel are the only reasons their military even has a presence in Afghanistan.

In terms of emissions, Canada ranks 2nd in the world. Their record on pollution is simply disgraceful and shameful. This is a country with less than 35 million people and the second largest landmass. Even China, with 1.4 billion people and a smaller landmass has lower emissions per capita than Canada.

In 2006 the new Canadian government announced it was abandoning its targets to cut greenhouse gases under the Kyoto protocol. No other country that had ratified the treaty has done this. Canada was meant to have cut emissions by 6% between 1990 and 2012. Instead they have already risen by 26%.

In terms of health care and overall health system performance, Canada does not even rank in the top 30 countries in the world. It turns out that universal coverage for medically necessary health care services provided on the basis of need, rather than the ability to pay, is not such a great thing, it's destructive. Life-threatening waiting times often encourage many patients to leave the socialized system and seek care elsewhere.

For the past decade, Canada has been on a mission to consistently introduce bills and legislation that limit access to natural health products and dietary supplements. Just as previous bills they have introduced, such as the consumer protection act, Bill C-51/52, the newest Bill C-6 makes the same promises to ultimately destroy health freedom in Canada.

So there you have it. High pollution levels, destructive health care, and a government that makes every effort to remove the health freedoms of its citizens. In under three decades, Canada has quickly gone from one of the best countries in the world, to one of the worst in the developing world. These days, it's embarassing to be a Canadian.

April McCarthy is a stay-at-home Mom and community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.


Reference Sources 147, 203
December 3, 2009

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