Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Monday, January 3, 2011

Another Canadian Controversy in 2010

In addition to the world's focus on Ontario and British Columbia in 2010, both provinces created further attention for themselves by bring the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) into effect on July 1, 2010.  While this tax was supposed to simplify accounting for businesses by combining federal and provincial taxes into one tax, the HST effectively added 8% tax to 17% of consumer goods and services in Ontario.  The HST was so unpopular with the constituents of British Columbia that their Premier Gordon Campbell resigned from office and no one wanted to take his place.  In Ontario we could not be so lucky as to have one of the most hated Premiers, Dalton McGuinty to step down.  The full effects of the HST have still not been felt although it has had an impact across Canada.  The HST issue will drag on into 2011...


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