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CANADA - OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA The Canadian identity has always been difficult to define We as Canadians have continued to define ourselves by reference to what we are not - American - rather than in terms of our own national history and tradition This is ironic since the United States is continuing to be allowed by Canadians to take over our economy and literally buy our country Culturally Canada has its own distinct government and institutions which differ and are better from those in the United States but economically the country has been all but sold out to America The major cultural differences to be examined are that of Canadas strong government institutions such as welfare and universal healthcare and our profound respect for law and authority These establishments make Canada a separate nation from the USA Economically it will be examined how Canada has become a victim to Americanization through the purchase of Canada with our own money the shocking statistics of Canadas foreign ownership and the final payment for our country free trade All in all we have our own government our own flag our own anthem but are we really Canadian or a not quite United State of America In Canada strong government involvement plays an immense role in determining the destiny of its people for the good of the society In Canada you are reminded of the government every day It parades before you It is not content to be the servant but will be the master Henry David Thoreau 18861 Although slightly outdated as of 1982 473 percent of Canadas GNP was in government hands compared with 38 in the United States Government spending in Canada was 244 greater than in the US and if you subtract the
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