Difference Between Americans And Canadians

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The differences between Canadians and Americans Canadians and American are similar in many ways. Through history, you may notice that we are both of European origin and that many of us speak English. We had the longest undefended boarder until recently. We can drive for miles in each other's country without any obvious signs that we are in a foreign county, until we come upon a Tim Horton's Donut store or Arco service station or a national flag.

However, there are differences. Canadians have been described as " American without guns, but with universal health care". This definitely hints at some of our distinctions. Regarding gun control, Americans value their freedom over social stability, whereas Canadians are the opposite. Canadians view universal access to health care as a moral issue for which we are willing to pay additional taxes in order to insure everyone. Americans do not.

The American society is much more aggressive and wants all its demands met at its convenience, always pushing and placing a lot of pressure on other countries in order to get what Americans want.

On the contrary, Canada is a middleman that negotiates and attempts to make peace with countries to suit Canada's needs. This gives the American's the stereotype of a "Rich bully" and Canada as being the "Peace Keeping" country.

Now on the other than international reputations, there are obvious differences between Americans and Canadians. This can be seen in attitudes and national pride. The Americans are overconfident and are always helping themselves to what ever they want as if it's their god given right. The Americans also insist that they are the center of attention, doing anything to be the coolest kid on the block. In view of the facts, Canadians are very polite and just generally nice people. We...