A perhaps startling, but perfectly heartening piece of pro-Canada
propaganda err, news from Bloomberg:
According to data from Environics Analytics WealthScapes published in the Globe and Mail, the net worth of the average Canadian household in 2011 was $363,202, while the average American household’s net worth was $319,970.
A few days later, Canada and the U.S. both released the latest job figures. Canada’s unemployment rate fell, again, to 7.2 percent, and America’s was a stagnant 8.2 percent. Canada continues to thrive while the U.S. struggles to find its way out of an intractable economic crisis and a political sine curve of hope and despair.
The difference grows starker by the month: The Canadian system is working; the American system is not. And it’s not just Canadians who are noticing. As Iceland considers switching to a currency other than the krona, its leaders’ primary focus of interest is the loonie — the Canadian dollar.
Honestly, between the absolute commitment to socialized medicine (yes, even our staunchest of far-right Conservative party members dare not touch it!), and the present government’s commitment to enriching its citizens at the long-term expense of the environment by moving full-steam-ahead on the oil sands, this isn’t really surprising to me. Though, I’d give more credit for the viability of the Canadian household to the socialized medicine we have here, for more appropriately distributing health care and resulting in a net increase in population health, as opposed to rationing it to the richest people only and treating it as a for-profit industry. Yes, the oil sands put more wealth in the system, but it stays in the system rather than being siphoned out to the health industry. And let’s face it, the health care crisis in the States — forestalled by Obama’s efforts, but still looming — results directly from the pursuit of profits over health.
Canada topping the States is “startling” only insofar as it completely inverts the trope that America is the land of milk and honey, and Canada’s just where you go to escape idiots gaining power in America. Now, it’s very much the other way around. It only remains to be seen how many rights Harper et al will destroy while they have office, and how many people flee to America to escape his ongoing pursuit of short-term profit over long-term viability.