Friday, May 31, 2013


Yes, "Canada is among the best places in the world to live", as described by this article in the Globe and Mail...

"Canadians have ‘better life’ than most, new comparison finds"

Canada has a high degree of "life satisfaction" according to The Better Life Index from the Organizaton for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This generally awesome land, among rich industrialized nations, scores in many of the 24 indicators used as measurement.

I've always been a proud Canadian, not in the right-wing sense of waving the flag unconsciously (and hating your fellow man who's different or thinks differently from you), but based more on what is around me and the general comfort of day-to-day existence.

Now, I must make it clear that this comes from someone who is having a hard time getting regular employment outside of contracts here and there. As mentioned in the last paragraph of the Globe story, 11 percent of Canadians are living an employment life of insecurity.

There's always the good and the bad. My own feeling is that Canada has so much more good than bad. As a nation in such tumultuous times, we have a lot on the ball. And we don't have to wrap ourselves "in the flag" to convince anyone, especially ourselves, that we are great.

I'm also a proud internationalist. Nationalism and Internationalism should be able to coexist.

In summary: Canada may be one of Terra's best kept secrets.


DonaldAR said... far, despite the best efforts of the Harper Government. We're a resilient bunch! Reminds me of a slogan I once saw on a baseball cap: "We're #3: Why try harder?" And as you also indicated, Mr. Smight, the article also states: "While mostly positive, the OECD analysis of Canada is not all glowing. It points out that despite a high income level, Canada also has a high level of income disparity." Let's see; if we liquidated the ill-gotten assets of a certain loquacious (former) Canadian ex-convict, I'm sure we would be well on the way to addressing income disparity in this country. Or does the "Proceeds of Crime" act only apply to those crooks who are no longer rich enough to afford a good legal team...?

Barry Smight said...

I want to thank you for your incisive and germane comment.

The rich don't care about the poor since the underprivileged do not rate in the day-to-day agenda of affluence.

Speaking of Conrad Black: being the intellectual and well-read guy that he is, he knows all too well the history of income disparity and its key role in social ills, but I doubt he cares. Why would he?... his kitchen cupboards are well-stocked.