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MEASURING SOCIALISM IN NORTH AMERICA A COMPARISON BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Which of the two countries is more socialist Canada or the United States of America It must first be state that neither Canada nor the USA is considered a socialist state For the purpose of this project a socialist state would be one such as Greece was until the early 1990s a country where the state owns all forms of companies andor businesses and offers practically every type of social service known to modern governments Since none of the two North American countries that will be featured in this paper can accurately compare to the above description the paper will simply attempt to determine which of the two has a higher degree of socialism when matched against each other following a certain set of criteria Before going any further lets view the conceptual definitions to the key elements of this paper Socialism as referred to throughout the text can be defined as follows any of various social or political theories or movements in which the common welfare is to be achieved through the establishment of a socialist economic system A socialist economic system can be defined as an economic structure in which the community owns the means of production distribution and exchange collectively and the benefits are distributed to all members of that community In this economic layout the people will run the government in a highly democratic fashion Having established what socialism is lets move on to the research question or hypothesis It is assumed that Canada will have a higher lever of socialism than the United States of America based on its higher level of taxation and its apparently more developed social services system The research question is therefore is Canada truly more socialist than the United States of America The variables that will
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