Could It Happen Here?

Could It Happen Here? From Award Winning Author Michael Adams, Could It Happen Here Draws On Groundbreaking New Social Research To Show Whether Canadian Society Is At Risk Of The Populist Forces Afflicting Other Parts Of The WorldAmericans Elected Donald Trump Britons Opted To Leave The European Union Far Right, Populist Politicians Channeling Anger At Out Of Touch Elites Are Gaining Ground Across Europe In Vote After Shocking Vote, Citizens Of Western Democracies Have Pushed Their Anger To The Top Of Their Governments Political Agendas The Votes Have Varied In Their Particulars, But Their Unifying Feature Has Been Rejection Of Moderation, Incrementalism, And The Status QuoAmid This Roiling International Scene, Canada Appears Placid, At Least On The Surface As Other Societies Retrench, The International Media Have Taken Notice Of Canada S Welcome Of Syrian Refugees, Its Half Female Federal Cabinet, And Its Acceptance Of Climate Science And Mixed Efforts To Limit Its Emissions After A Year In Power, The Centrist Federal Government Continues To Enjoy Majority Approval, Suggesting An Electorate Not As Bitterly Split As The Ones To The South Or In EuropeAs Sceptics Point Out, However, Brexit And A Trump Presidency Were Unthinkable Until They Happened Could It Be That Canada Is Not Immune To The Same Forces Of Populism, Social Fracture, And Backlash That Have Afflicted Other Parts Of The World Our Largest And Most Cosmopolitan City Elected Rob Ford Conservative Party Leadership Hopeful Kellie Leitch Proposes A Canadian Values Test For Immigrants And Has Called The Trump Victory Exciting Anti Tax Demonstrators In Alberta Chanted Lock Her Up In Reference To Premier Rachel Notley, An Elected Leader Accused Of No Wrongdoing, Only Policy Positions The Protesters DislikedPollster And Social Values Researcher Michael Adams Takes Canadians Into The Examining Room To See Whether We Are At Risk Of Coming Down With The Malaise Affecting Other Western Democracies Drawing On Major Social Values Surveys Of Canadians And Americans In As Well As Decades Of Tracking Data In Both Countries Adams Examines Our Economy, Institutions, And Demographics To Answer The Question Could It Happen Here

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  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • Could It Happen Here?
  • Michael Adams
  • 21 February 2019
  • 9781501177422

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  1. says:

    Could It happen here Adams doesn t think so and he has a lot of data to back up his argument While some believe that Canada is becoming closer to the US culturally and because of our shared geography, values, interests, and economic ties , Adams believes that Canada is straying away from the US and is instead developing in its role as a leader in the midst of current global political reordering Adams argues that It can t happen here because Canadians espouse progressive values and because Canada is an open and tolerant nation While I am not refuting this claim, I do believe that his conclusion is too simplistic it felt like there is a lot of patting ourselves on the back here Yes, It may not be happening in Canada but something sure is Even within Canada s most multicultural city Toronto , there have been incidents of racist verbal abuse, racist posters surfacing around the city, racist graffiti sprayed on cars and a video of a woman demanding that a white doctor treat her ill child I even saw a swastika and the abbreviation WP white power spray painted onto the doors of a TDSB Canada s largest school board run alternative and adult high school While Adams mentions a few of these incidents that have occurred from coast to coast, he doesn t explore this phenomena and the consequences of it in greater depth While some may believe these incidents to be outliers, others believe that the election of Trump gave a shot of adrenalin to Canadian racists as the CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation put it It s not enough to delude ourselves into thinking that we re the clean cut cousins of the US We need to recognize and understand the uptick in hate crimes and the surge in rallies organized by far right groups in Canada Adams failed to convince me that things are better than they seem I really liked John Semley s review of this book in the Globe and Mail newspaper Below are a few standout quotes from his article. Canada s doubly constituted inferiority complex, as both commonwealth subject and the United States pigeon chested kid brother, has mutated over the past 18 months With our hunky, colourfully besocked Prime Minister and with The Economist hailing us as the last liberals, Canada has gone from gawky dork to smug, burly protector of Western democracy pretty much overnight The statistical comfort offered by Could It Happen Here proves, ultimately, unsatisfactory For one thing, even if it isn t happening here, it sure seems as if something is Despite the data sets speaking to our tolerance, Canada still produces groups such as the anti immigrant, street patrolling Soldiers of Odin It nurtured alleged Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette It tolerates the anti Islamic incitements and hollow provocations of Rebel Media.These incidents and personalities may be excused as outliers But such things are always anomalous until the point at which they begin to multiply, increasing in frequency and severity, until anomaly after anomaly can be charted on a graph, trending dangerously upward Maybe the most troubling thing is how those oft touted Canadian values of tolerance and equality may blind us to the realities of discrimination and intolerance at home In her new book, Policing Black Lives, my friend Robyn Maynard analyzes the Canadian proclivity for ignoring racial disparities As she writes Many Canadians who are attuned to the growing discontent surrounding racial relations across the United States distance themselves from the realities surrounding racial disparities at home Source

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    Could It Happen Here Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit by Michael Adams, is a book examining the rising trend of populist nationalism globally and applying it to Canada with the question is this possible in our country Adams examines statistical data mostly he works for a statistical polling firm in Canada to answer the question, ultimately concluding possibly, but it seems unlikely He comes to this conclusion by comparing data and trends in Canada to corresponding countries, most especially the United States and Europe Adams takes a look at a number of factors in Canada from income inequality, to opinions on immigration levels, patriarchal attitudes and so on in comparison to similar factors in other nations and comes to the conclusion that Canadians are often politically progressive on these factors than other nations Canada has visible minorities in Parliament than most other nations, and Canadians are favourable to extending immigration quotas Canadian s are open to equality of the sexes, and so on and so forth This contrasts to data from the US and Europe which has seen a decline in such progressive views as these nations grapple with issues of immigration, economic stagnation, terrorism and so forth Canada is certainly not immune to these issues racism exists here, we have had recent terrorist attacks and mass shootings, and our economy is always a concern , but it seems something has happened that separates us politically and culturally from other Western nations The above seems exceptionalist and I agree largely that it is Adams is certainly offering a pat on the back for Canada I believe caution is in order when reading this book Although Canada is certainly doing quite well for itself currently, and enjoys popularity globally, this has not always been the case and will not always be the case Canada s special status , so to speak, may exist in some form, but not fully in the way Adams is espousing here However, I do largely agree with the statement Adams makes that Canada is moving in another direction from its historical partners the US and the UK Canadians are much progressive in their politics, urbanized, and our large landmass and low demographic growth rate ensures that immigration is popularly seen in a positive light An ageing population needs to be supported somehow, and bringing in skilled and educated immigrants is certainly an economic consideration first, with positive social and cultural externalities If this situation reverses, would this progressiveness decline Probably, but I hate playing guessing games Canada is as it is now, and this has been a huge boon to the nation as a whole Adams also discusses the differences between US political culture, and Canadian political culture something that is fairly obvious to even a cursory observer Canada shares similar ideological divides with the US right and left characterized by flag ship parties Canada differs however due to its inclusion of a centrist Liberal party and its political tradition of bringing politics and rhetoric to the centre The US is characterized by much partisan political traditions that date back hundreds of years and ensure certain issues like gun control, immigration, race and so on remain hot button topics to be exploited by politicians seeking to fire up support from their partisan supporters Canada is characterized by big tent politics our own form of populism in some respects where political parties often step outside of their perceived ideological zones due to popular pressure Many examples exist, including the Conservative PM Joe Clark extending immigration rules to allow tens of thousands of refugees into the country during the Vietnam War in the 1970 s, to Tom Mulcair of the NDP party our left wing Socialist party running on a platform of fiscal restraint and budget balancing in 2015, to Rachel Notley s provincial NDP party both winning in the Conservative s bastion province of Alberta, and supporting the growth of the pipeline sector in a dispute with neighbouring British Colombia This is Canadian populism at work and it means political parties often throw out ideological considerations in exchange for nuanced and centrist policy decisions to capture the most positive reception Adams has written an interesting book with some flaws both from its execution and its message The biggest glaring hole in the book is its over reliance on statistical date Although Canadians have a historic and politically charged love for Statistics Canada our government run statistical agency, the over use of statistics is one of the major failings of recent political polling in both the Trump victory in the US, and Brexit in the UK Stats are important, but they are certainly not all encompassing, and threaten to leave a resentful and silent group unheeded The second issue was the message and is opinionated I personally believe greater vigilance is necessary in Canada to ensure Nationalistic forces do not gain a greater foothold in our country The lessons learned in our close allies in the UK and the US need to be examined to ensure we can protect ourselves from any bleed over Canada can do this by being methodical in its politics we do this well , by allowing talk and debate to take place in a safe and healthy environment free from poisonous rhetoric and hate We can do this by continuing to build a system welcoming to all comers, and reducing inequality in our economic system Canada has many simmering controversies that could boil over into increased Nationalistic support Some of these include Bilingualism, Quebec sovereignty, Aboriginal rights, increasing refugee incursions from over the US border, terrorism in Canada and so on Many of these issues are similar to those in other Western nations, but many of them are uniquely Canadian, or have a Canadian geopolitical flavour What I am saying is, we have our own problems, and these problems will lead to discourse that needs to be managed respectfully by all parties involved to ensure the conclusions reached will be equitable, respectful and peaceful This book has flaws, but its does allow us to look around at other nations and see what we do not want in Canada, and those lessons are important to learn Rants and raves aside I can certainly recommend this book to any reader interested in current Canadian political discourse It does have flaws, but it also offers important and interesting discourse Adams has written a well researched, sourced and authored book that is interesting, timely and should be read by those interested in Canada s internal political process at a basic level.

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    Mr Adams is a pollster This book demonstrates both the strengths and weaknesses of his chosen profession There is a lot of data provided here but I think it lacks a certain depth of analysis.Having said that, there is something there I was particularly interested in his comments on patriarchal inclinations.

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    I will have a full review of this one in the very near future.

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    This is not a review but is based on an interview I had with the author It was originally published in the Georgia Straight newspaper.On November 9, 2016, Michael Adams went to bed before a winner was declared in the U.S election for president At 10 p.m., the cable news networks were reporting the count was still too close to call But the Democrats candidate, Hillary Clinton, was widely expected to win Her opponent was a reality television star with no experience in government and a public record of racism and crude misogyny So Adams, the founder of the polling firm Environics Research Group Ltd., called it a night and headed to bed.When he awoke the next morning just before 7 a.m., Donald Trump was president elect of the United States of America And at 9 a.m., I sat down at my computer and I began banging out a proposal for a book, Adams told the Straight We were all wondering could it happen here A year later, the book is out and that s its title Could It Happen Here Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit.In a telephone interview, Adams spoke bluntly about what exactly it is Xenophobic nationalism is what I am referring to, he explained The identification of the other as an enemy, and arousing popular support for xenophobia Could that happen in Canada at the scale that we re seeing happen in the United States and Europe In an easily digestible 178 pages, Adams analyzes both historical and contemporary polling data to compare and contrast Canadians attitudes with changes in the United States and Britain that he presents as driving those countries toward electing Trump and breaking away from the European Union I also thought about institutional differences, like our parliamentary system, structural differences, like the demography of Canada, and particularly how urban we are and how multicultural we are, he said.Between Canada and the United States, a divergence of social values opened in the 1960s and has widened ever since, Adams continued That s the divergence that we see continue to today, with Donald Trump being the most extreme expression of the divergence and, in a funny way, Justin Trudeau as a symbol or an icon of the progressive agenda in Canada This doesn t mean that Canada is not susceptible to the appeals of populism Adams presents instances where segments of the country have embraced candidates or policies that fit that description But, he emphasizes, in most instances, it wasn t long before each group returned to a sensible, politically centred position We ve had populism with the Social Credit movement in Alberta, populism on the left with the CCF Co operative Commonwealth Federation in Saskatchewan, populism here in British Columbia with the Social Credit party in the 50s and 60s, he said.Such movements continue to pop up, Adams added, pointing to former Toronto mayor Rob Ford as the most visible example of a recent manifestation But Adams argued the long term trends in Canada reveal those events as anomalies rather than precedents.He suggested that much of Trump s support is rooted in thinly shrouded dog whistle racism for example, when he associates immigration with crime In the U.S., that worked well enough to get Trump elected But north of the border, the Conservative Party of Canada deployed similar tactics two years earlier, in 2015, Adams observed, and Stephen Harper was beaten by Trudeau.How Harper lost is largely explained by voters reactions to the Conservative s proposed barbaric cultural practices hotline and a ban on Muslim women wearing the niqab during citizenship ceremonies, Adams shows The moment Harper chose to pander aggressively to the Conservatives backlash base, he lost crucial support in the multicultural suburbs, support that cost the Conservatives an election they might have won, Adams writes.The response was the same in 2017, when Kellie Leitch ran to replace Harper as leader of the Conservative party Throughout the Conservatives leadership campaign, polls consistently showed support for Kellie Leitch s notion of a Canadian values test, a signal that there are political dividends to harvest by appealing to the fearful angels of our nature, Adams writes in the book That she was also ridiculed and ultimately unsuccessful revealed something about the location of the boundaries of acceptable political discourse in Canada and offers of precise answer to the question of whether it could happen here Key differences separating Canada from the United States are immigration and urbanization, Adams told the Straight In cities like Toronto and Vancouver, we re talking about over 70 percent of people who are first and second generation immigrants , Adams said In Canada, you can t get elected and have a majority government without appealing to immigrants and visible minorities They are too many, they are citizens, and they vote And so we re pretty well guaranteed that our parties are going to appeal to open and tolerant attitudes to visible minorities, to religious minorities, to foreign born and their children Adams added that in researching the book, he did find Canadian susceptibilities to populist rhetoric that caused him concern But on a smaller scale than what now exists in the United States There are people who are suffering status anxiety, he said They suffer the status anxiety of a black person being elected president of the United States, and they suffer the status anxiety of a woman becoming president of the United States Who would lose from that They re going to be white and they re going to be men And a lot of those folks were mobilized to vote for Trump in that election In Canada, we just don t see those levels of seething resentment.

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    Michael Adams book, Could It Happen Here , focuses on the results of public opinion research and a variety of social and economic metrics in the attempt to determine whether a populist movement of the kind that swept Donald Trump into power could take root in Canada Ironically, I started reading it during the Ontario election, and found that I had to take a break as, despite all of Adams citations of public opinion suggesting that Canadians are supportive of immigration, government intervention, social safety nets, gender equality, lower levels of income inequity, and all sorts of other nice sounding things, the popularists under Doug Ford smirked and dog whistled their way to an electoral victory So, even before I d read to the end, and knew Adams final assessment, I had an answer to his question Yes, it can, and it did Writing in 2017, Adams was hopeful Could Canadians suddenly find themselves seized by the rage fueled politics of exclusion and enthralled by a tough guy autocrat I suppose anything is possible But if we go beyond the fleeting politics of the day and look closely at those underlying values, the answer becomes clear we ve had our flings with polarizing populists, but when the buzz wears off, we always seem to muddle our way back to the middle So the question for both Michael Adams and myself now, is why, if Canadians hold such equaliarian values, comparatively speaking, did it happen anyway I have to state here, for those who don t know this about me, that not only do I know the author, I used to work for him at the public opinion research company he founded, Environics In fact, I worked as a research analyst in the public opinion division, and I m very familiar with the kinds of research data he drew on, how it s collected, analysed, tracked, interpreted While I ve been retired for a while and haven t had access to the most recent data, I know where it comes from and the methods involved in conducting the research he draws on So my thoughts here are the thoughts of a former insider, so to speak Of course, one thing that both Adams and I would say, and in fact he addresses this in the book, is that the outcome of this election is very much a consequence of the first past the post electoral system that is still used in most of Canada at the provincial level, and in federal elections, and our parliamentary system The truth is that only about a quarter of eligible voters favoured the Conservative platform, and among those who actually voted, 60 percent voted for candidates of other parties Which really gives us the answer as to how it happened conservative supporters were likely to vote than supporters of other parties, and the anti populist vote was split between centre and left, leaving the unified right to coast to a majority victory with minority support So in some ways, the electoral results doesn t completely invalidate the conclusions Adams draws from the research On most of the factors cited as differences between Canada and the US acceptance of immigrants, trust in social and political institutions, rejection of authoritarianism, support for social equality the differences aren t absolute While a majority of Canadians hold all these beliefs, there s a minority of 20 to 30 percent that don t and these are likely to be older Canadians, and older Canadians are also likely to vote And in this election, it s that minority that s taken the rest of us hostage I m 63 myself, and I hope that this election was in part the last gasp of an older generation that is less likely to be comfortable with the social changes taking place, the increasing diversity, the movements that are bringing immigrants, people of colour, Indigenous people, queer and trans people, all kinds of marginalised people to the table But the other question I have for Michael Adams and the research he draws on is this what is the relative importance placed on these values by those who espouse them, and how did that play into the Ontario election When it comes to a choice, do Canadians put multiculturalism, gender equality, support for immigration, ahead of promises of personal financial comfort, lower taxes, cheaper goods and services Are privileged Canadians willing to give up some of their privilege to see the values they claim to hold put into practice, or are they just paying lip service to social equity I think it s the answers to those questions that will tell us if this can happen here, again.

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    As an American perusing the stacks at Shelf Life Books in Calgary, I couldn t help but pick up Michael Adams Could It Happen Here Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit Maybe it was the red, Trump style hat that triggered my Pavlovian response The Canadians are right to be a little nervous Their mother country has launched headlong and ill advisedly into an effort to abandon their European cocoon and with it the common market and the freedom of movement the EU affords Their southern neighbors have elected a reality TV show hack as the defacto leader of the free world His ascent was facilitated largely by conservative Christian voters, who readily overlooked his affairs with porn stars, his divorces, his unapologetic history of sexual assault, his vulgarity, and his lack of both business acumen and relevant political experience So again, Canada has a right to be nervous And with populism surging worldwide, the Northerners are wondering if they will be the next country to fall under its spell Michael Adams, the Canadian Frank Luntz or Nate Silver, has crunched and extrapolated his data and has come to the conclusion that, no, Canada is not likely to experience a populist uprising any time soon He cites the country s impressive multiculturalism and diversity, their enthusiastic embrace of immigration, and their commitment to providing a robust social safety net.Are these factors enough to keep Canada on the progressive end of the things Maybe Adams is also quick to point out that Canada has had mild flirtations with populism before now and they have always ended poorly So, no one is interested in trying it again This coming from a man who lives in Toronto, which was recently governed by Rob Forda crack addict.Of course, before 2016, the idea that Donald Trump would be elected President of the United States was so far fetched, that it served a cutaway joke in a old episode of The Simpsons Brexiteers were so nominal a voting bloc in Great Britain that David Cameron felt uber confident putting it to a vote of the people How did that turn out The point is, no one sees this stuff coming until it s right on top of you When Barack Obama savaged Donald Trump at that White House Correspondents Dinner, who could have possibly imagined he was poking fun at his successor Frankly, I d have confidence in Adams a professional numbers guy if his fact checking wasn t so sloppy For instance, he gets the year of Justin Trudeau s election wrong it was 2015, not 2016 And let me just say that when an American can identify an error in a Canadian election statistic, then the author really missed the mark A few pages later, Adams claims that Matthew Desmond s seminal book Evicted was set in Cincinnati Anyone who has read the book one of the most highly recommended works of the 21st century thus far knows that it was set in Milwaukee And these are just the things I spotted easily I m quite certain there are errors I missed.Canada is a fine country and I like visiting it very much I sincerely hope that they manage to resist this relentless wave of reckless populism But there s no way of saying whether they will or won t based on a bunch of line graphs and pie charts Ask any Brit or any American if they were surprised by what happened in 2016 and one hundred percent of them will say yes Let s hope there s not a similar post mortem in the North anytime soon.

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    Rating 2.5In the world of politics today, there is nothing that is discussed than the Presidency of Donald Trump Not a day goes by without a new scandal, or a new inflammatory tweet or a new allegation The United States truly seems like it is run like a reality TV show So the question, could it happen here is a relevant one, and will be as long as someone like Trump is in power Michael Adams book still has its place in the rapidly changing world of Trump, because it does not feel like things have changed much since his election The 45th President still uses the same language, still holds onto his most ludicrous campaign promises build a wall and make Mexico pay for it and Americans don t seem in a hurry to change anything So could it happen here, in Canada Adams doesn t really answer that central question His use of statistics is quite impressive, and it is done, it appears, in a unbiased way Unlike many other social writer today, he takes the data for what it is, not what he wants it to be For that I would give him 5 stars However, the data can only go so far, and the book becomes a bit dry when the data is well presented, but never analysed in a meaningful way The data cannot answer a question, it is only a tool for the researcher to make sense of a situation At first, the statistics claim that Canadians are quite open minded, tolerant, they value equality and are happy with the direction of the country Great What else Adams then tries to compare the Canadian data with its American counterpart, but the comparisons are so narrow, that it becomes apparent very quickly that he will never be able to answer his own question Could it happen in Canada The way to find out is to analyze the United States deeply And Canada by the way of it Statistics are one thing, but it s not the only thing There are seldom any significant events discussed or anything aboout the role the media exercises in the perceptions of people Because reality is one thing, and perception another Are there politicians and media outlets that twist facts, or outright lie without consequences, in Canada What about the polarization that the two party system worsens in the United States, could that happen here Too many avenues remain unexplored in a tiny book that relies too much on statistics In the end, Adams offer the answer to Could it Happen Here with a simplistic no The few racist incidents mentioned in the book appear like outliers, and are refuted by the statistical data in which people assure themselves and the world that they are tolerant The true answer should be ambiguous Perhaps, it is unlikely to happen here, because Canadians are not as divided politically and socially as Americans Perhaps because we are not as religious as Americans, perhaps because we value gender equality But wasn t that true in the UK as well Brexit, while in the title, is almost absent entirely from the discourse To include both the United States and the United Kingdom in comparison to Canada, would have needed than about 155 pages of writing Could it Happen Here could be considered a good basis for detailed research, and it does give a good overview of the values of both Canada and the United States, but it could never properly answer its basic question With the way the political winds change so abruptly, perhaps no one can truly answer that question.

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    The question of the title refers to the nativism and populism that lead to Britain s Brexit vote or the election of Donald Trump as American president The question first feels like a threat Maybe it was that picture of Trump s ball cap on the front cover On completing the book, I feel reassured.An interesting difference between Canada and the US is patriarchy Take this interesting polling question Fifty per cent of American agree that the father must be the master of his own house For Canadians, the number is in the low teens and getting smaller.Authoritarian child rearing approaches value traits like obedience and good behaviour over curiosity and independence Those who preferred authoritarian child rearing approaches were much likely to prefer Trump Patriacrchy indicates the way societies are organized and governed In the US where there is this greater value on patriarchy, there is less maternity leave, reproductive rights continue to be debated and health care is heavily dependent on employment status Populist, authoritarian politicians are unafraid to whip up anti feminist and anti immigrant sentiment.The allure for strong leadership in on the upswing around the world Hungary, Poland and Turkey have drifted away from democracy to authoritarian rule.On a recent trip to Florida, everyone that I visited was in a gated community of some sort Gated communities increase social and racial tensions In Canada, planning policy tends to discourage the development of gated communities, which operate outside municipal jurisdication, maintain secure perimeters and are seen by many critics as heightening social or racial tensions.Canada historically is open to immigration Joe Clark s government admitted 60,000 refugees from southeast Asia Canadians welcome young newcomers are required to fill the vacancies of a retiring work force Thirteen per cent of MPs in the House of Commons were born outside of the country.Surveys conclude racial intolerance, not labour markets or economic inequality, was the key driving factors for the Brexit outcome and Trump s victory The 2016 US presidential election was about white resentment, gay marriage, trans gender rights than the economic dislocation of American workers.The values of a younger generation moves from the consumption of material symbols of status and success to a post material orientation of learning and experience seeking The proportion of Canadians opposed to policies that fight income inequality dropped from 12% to 6% Toronto is the most diverse urban region in the world with almost half the population being foreign born.If one needs evidence to be a proud Canadian, Michael gives us the data.

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    Back in March my friend Malcolm and I went to a talk at the Toronto Reference Library called Star Talks Trump and Brexit Could it Happen Here It was a very lively and enlightening look at the vast differences between American, British and Canadian societies, so between Canada and the US The talk even included a look at Provincial Conservative leader Doug Ford, who at the time had just been named to the leader of the party.It was interesting enough that I bought Micheal Adams book Could It Happen Here Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit This book is full of telling and sometimes very surprising statistics, charts and explanations One chart that jumped out at me shown below was a comparison between Canada and the US on how much of the population believes the father of the family should be the master of the house During the talk the stats were also broken down by province Even the most rural and rugged province in Canada, Alberta, which had the highest of all the provinces in the belief that the man should be, was far liberal in this view, by almost half, than the least chauvinistic state in the US Chart does not show up here but in 2012, 41% of Americans said yes vs 24% of Canadians In 2004 it was 51% to 21% The chapter titles show how deep the research goes.The Global Re awakening of the Xenophobic populismWe ve Been Here beforeCanada and Immigration in the Era of Trump and BrexitOn Being Muslim in Canada Optimism with VigilanceThe Taxi Driver with the PhDOccupy This The Politics of Inequality in CanadaDoing Democracy DifferentlyAdams book speaks not only of our different cultures but also happiness levels, economics, health systems, the political system of each country, acceptance of immigrants and refugees, immigrant views on their new countries, racism and even a look at the difference on how our leaders were raised as children and their respected countries views towards that.In the end, yes, Canada as a whole, except of course for the few assholes that exist in any country, has a much greater acceptance and welcoming attitude when it comes to immigrants and diversity when compared to the US I am very proud of that That view and the set up of our political system is one where we most likely will never fall to the current level of the US state of affairs.But that s no reason to be smug We can never be complacent and must always work to ensure that the levels of hate in Canada continue to fall and that we fight to keep our standard of living and the positive views the world has of us as a nation.

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