ImageAmericans seem to think that everybody in the world celebrates Thanksgiving Day when they do. We Canadians observe that day of gratitude to God on the second Monday in October. To us, the fourth Thursday of November is just another working day.

After hearing how Barack Obama ramped up America’s national debt to more than sixteen-trillion dollars, I’m glad I live in Canada. Prime Minister Harper has battled heroically to undo the destructive policies of his predecessors. Though the Liberal Party began the hard work, under the leadership of Paul Martin, to reduce federal spending, the Conservative Party is continuing to exercise fiscal prudence.

I’m also glad our dollar is strong. Thanks to Prime Minister Harper’s wise leadership, and a Conservative Party majority in Parliament, Canada was relatively effected by the housing crash in the U.S. This economic recession, practically a depression, was mainly as a result of the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. The legislation pressured banks to give ethnic minorities loans for mortgages, even if they had a poor credit history. Some bankers saw this as an opportunity for earning a quick buck. This artificially inflated the value of houses in America so that many homes are now worth less than what their owners paid for them.

Though Canada does have problems with illegal immigrants, America is struggling with millions of  economic migrants. The abundance of cheap labour has forced down the wages of trades people and others seeking low-skilled jobs. Furthermore, the school systems of that nation are providing education to children of parents who aren’t citizens. Likewise, I’ve heard of emergency wards being used for the health care needs of illegal aliens.

About the only thing I envy is that Americans have the right to bear arms. Liberals in Canada have made it hard for honest citizens to defend themselves. The wasteful gun registry squandered millions of taxpayer dollars while ignoring the criminal gun smugglers.

At least Prime Minister Harper removed long guns from the registry. Almost all hunters are responsible citizens who take great care of their rifles and hunt responsibly. I hope for the day when the whole thing is abolished and those who commit gun crimes will be punished far more stringently than they are today.


Author: bruce Atchison - author

I'm a legally-blind freelance writer as well as the author of three memoirs and scores of articles. Contact me for details.

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