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  •  I have never lived in Canada (3+ / 0-)
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    though I have friends who do - it would be presumptuous for me to speak of a national character.  I have spent time in communities on the border - where there is a lot of back and forth.

    I simply wonder how much of the national character is shaped by the type of electoral process/ system in place.

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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 09:33:16 AM PDT

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    •  Good question. Having spent most of the (4+ / 0-)

      summers of my youth in Canada, I noticed early on that the Canadian national holidays didn't have the big veteran's parades, that sports weren't such a big deal - except for hockey! There was a difference in acceptance of differences among people. Differences didn't seem to be so remarked upon north of the border.

      I wouldn't know enough to say anything definitive about any aspect of national character except that Canadians seemed less prone to nationalism, militarism and confrontation than their US counterparts. Whether or not their Parliamentarian form of government underlies any potential differences or not is something history will decide.

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      by 4Freedom on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 10:58:34 AM PDT

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