The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

09 November 2004

The Canada Question

Liberals have a weird relationship with Canada, they generally ignore it like other Americans, but in times of personal distress resulting from political discontent, they run to the country, or at least the idea of it.

Just to let you know: the story is not being overblown by the news media, it's really true that some Democrats are looking to abandon the Stars and Stripes for the Maple Leaf after their election defeat, I personally know a few people considering it right now.

What irritates me about the situation is how ignorant these disaffected partisans are about the country they would adopt. How many know the capital of Canada? Can they name three provinces? The party in power there? How the last letter of the alphabet is pronounced? The common name for the dollar coin?

I've spent a great deal of time in Canada without having actually lived there, I feel I know the country as well as a non-resident can. Plus, for years I've spoken to radio show callers from all over British Columbia and Alberta. What I've learned is that it's a wonderful place to visit, but until the utterly corrupt and incompetent Liberal Party is finally reduced to being in the opposition, there is no hope for the country.

The irony is that if these leftists actually did move to Canada, they would most likely return to America as conservatives. Washington State residents are especially aware of British Columbia residents heading south for top medical care without the waits in Seattle. Income and sales taxes are so high as to be crushing to the average worker. That's why one of Canada's biggest exports to the United States over the years has been brainpower. After a few years in Canada liberals would see what life is like when their idealism is put into practice: it fails utterly.

At the same time Canada isn't uniformly leftist as the American activists wrongly believe. It's divided more along regional lines, with the western provinces and Ontario being more conservative, the Maritime provinces liberal and Quebec always playing the outdated and ridiculous seperatist card.

So the next time you run into one of these angry hotheads ready to leave, ask them about Ottawa, the Liberal Party, the Loonie, and Zed. Chances are these people don't have a clue about their utopia to the north.


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