The Canadian dream is the new American dream

The Canadian dream is the new American dream
 

The Canadian dream is the new American dream

 “The great American dream has moved to Canada,” declares social entrepreneur, international development reform advocate, and writer Scott Gilmore in his latest essay in the Canadian news magazine Maclean’s. But even Americans would agree that Canada, their closest neighbor that has been just the “other Norther American country” for many years in the eyes of foreign citizens, has surpassed their country in many respects.
 
“But where once America stood alone as the land of opportunity, there are now dozens of other countries that have surpassed the United States. Every aspect of the American dream is now more easily found in Canada,” Gilmore writes. It could be because of the current political state in the US, which is not only rowdy but uncertain, making it less desirable to the new breeds of dreamers looking for greener pastures. Who wants to move to a country whose head of state abhors those who have different skin color or religion? Canada, unlike the US, has been welcoming in the past decade; long before the US transgressed from being a great country that once promised and offered “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
 
Everything is easier in Canada, from obtaining a college degree to purchasing your own house down to enjoying your hard-earned salary. Canadians are also the sixth freest nation in the world according to The Cato Institute’s Human Freedom Index, while Americans lag behind at 23rd. For economic freedom which means being capable of trading with the rest of the world and having citizens with high buying power, Canadians are 7th in the world while Americans are the 17th as per the Washington-based Heritage Foundation. Canadians are also freer to express their opinion by any means; writing, social media, and even verbally, than their American counterparts, as Reporters Without Borders say that Canada is currently ranked 18th in press freedom and Americans sit miserably in 41st place.
 
For those who want to live longer, or perhaps happier, Gilmore suggests you dream it in Canada, whose life expectancy is around 81.2 years as opposed to the US’s 78.7 years. Who would not live longer if you can enjoy the basic necessities of life such as education, vacation, financial freedom, a decent job, a dream home, the way you want it?
 
Now Canada proves that the Great Canadian Dream is not only exclusively for Canadians. It also welcomes foreigners who want to experience the country's greatness. With a brilliant leader and an efficient government, Canada is rapidly surpassing the numbers that once made the US an alluring country for a lot of people, even to those from developed countries is indeed possible.
 
“Whether it was due to geography or history or maybe even policy, we have arrived. Everything America once aspired to be, we now are. Not only have we achieved the fabled American Dream, we are arguably among the safest, healthiest, happiest human beings to have ever existed,” he says. The United States of America, which he also recently called Canada’s Mexico, is no longer the bastion of equality, the land of the dreamers.
 
But Gilmore warns his fellow Canadians not to to be so complacent as there is still a lot of work to be done. And that while a big slice of the country is free to embrace prosperity, the other remaining half still lives in scarcity. “As the American Dream has now become Canadian, perhaps it is time we also took on the role as the land of the free and opened our doors wider still. In fact, if we want to protect our economy from the effects of an aging population and declining birth rate, we need to attract more,” he concludes.
 
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