This post was inspired by my friend, Renée, over at Life in the Boomer Lane: http://lifeintheboomerlane.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/the-best-country-in-the-world-is/
Newsweek rated Canada #7 in the world as “best country.” I think it should have been #1!
For those of you who don’t know my background, I was born in Ohio, but my family moved to Ontario when I was 8 years old (1969). So for those of you who aren’t math wizards, I’ve spent the last 41 years living in Canada. I can say in all sincerity that I’m never leaving!
Here (with tongue planted firmly in cheek) are my Top Ten Reasons To Live in Canada (in random order as I think of them!):
1. It’s probably the only place in the world where you can bump into someone, and they will apologize to you. Canadians are the politest people ever (unless they’re drunk -don’t bump into someone holding a bottle of Molson!).
2. Geography lessons are shorter – we only have 10 provinces and 3 territories to learn the names of. Rivers and lakes are often given Indian names, while cities and their streets are usually named after dead guys or places in England.
3. Our paper money comes in pretty colours – it makes it easier to figure out what you’re giving the clerk at the Great Canadian Dollar Store. Our dollar coin is called a “loonie” for the bird that’s pictured on it (it’s not a reference to our Queen who’s featured on the front, although it may apply to certain members of her family).
4. Our young men are not required to register for military service on their 18th birthdays…however, they must have worked at least two shifts serving coffee at their local Tim Horton’s outlets. If they do decide to join the military, they are probably going to be sent over as peacekeepers to some country the Americans have invaded.
5. We elect our governments in a single day…no foolish primaries! Candidates campaign for about a month before the election. Campaign costs are measured in thousands of dollars rather than millions. Canadians have been known to elect prime ministers who didn’t look like movie stars. The worst political scandal is likely to involve a government minister leaving sensitive documents at his girlfriend’s house (no Watergate here).
6. If one is a Canadian actor or musician, it is possible to move about freely without being constantly accosted by fans (or even recognized). These artists have to make it south of the border before anyone here pays attention to them (sad but true)! It’s a different story for hockey players or national news anchors…they will be mobbed wherever they go!
7. Getting sick in Canada is not likely to cause you to lose your house. Our tax dollars ensure that no one is billed for routine medical appointments, emergency room visits, or hospital stays in semi-private rooms or wards (although cosmetic surgery or dental treatment is a whole other ball of wax!).
8. Our highway signs are in metric – a 100km/hour speed limit sounds so much faster than 60 mph doesn’t it? We also have compulsory seat belt/motorcycle helmet laws, which often prevents injury in the event of a collision (cleanup after the accident is also quicker when you’re not peeling someone’s body parts off the pavement).
9. Since we basically have only two seasons in Canada (winter and summer), one doesn’t need nearly as much clothing. Tanning companies make a fortune, because our summer is only three months long. Strangely, many people wear baseball caps year-round (including women).
10. Handguns are illegal in Canada. If you cut somebody off on the highway, they probably won’t get out and shoot you (although you could be beaten with a hockey stick!).
I invite my Canadian readers to add to this list…