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Canada: Best Quality of Life in the World

Date Posted: 2000-06-16

Canada is one of the world’s largest countries (second only to Russia). It spans six time zones, covers close to four million square miles, and plays host to a little over 30 million people. Though first inhabited by the Inuit people, it has since been controlled by the French and then the British government. It gained independence on July 1st, 1867, although its Head of State is still Queen Elizabeth of England .

In the latest UN sponsored quality of life survey, which assessed all the world's countries for such factors as individual income, educational levels and crime rates, Canada emerged at the top of the list.

Currently, Canada’s population breaks down into 40% British/Irish, 27% French, 20% other European, and about 2% Native American. This, in addition to its two official languages, keeps tension between Francophones (French descendants) and the larger English community on a fragile balance. This balance has been held in check for the past seven years by Francophone Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and the Liberal party.

The "Loose Cannon" Prime Minister

Jean Chrétien was born in Shawinigan, Québec on January 11, 1934.After attending schools in Shawinigan, Joliette and Trois-Rivières, he studied law at Laval University. And was first elected to the House of Commons in 1963 representing the constituency of Saint-Maurice--Laflèche. Since then he has served in almost every major office in the government until being elected Prime Minister in 1993. He is generally appreciated for his simple manner and promotion of “Canadian values”.

One cannot overstate that amount of trouble Jean Chrétien and his liberal administration is currently in. With an upcoming election, Chrétien has to make up for some serious blunders. He has been touted as the Howard Stern of politics. With his not so capable grasp of English, and some say equally bad French, Chretien is known to be a loose cannon who loves to shoot from the hip. In a recent trip to the Middle East, Chrétien was criticized for being ill-prepared and ill-informed. Even though Chrétien himself referred to the area as delicate, he went on to inflame the Palestinians by first only meeting with the Israelis. He provoked the Israelis by stating that the Palestinians are under “military occupation”. And again he slammed the Palestinians by reneging on a promise to take in 15000 refugees. On a similar note, his nephew, who had been appointed Ambassador to the United States recently openly promoted Vice President Gore in the upcoming elections. Anyone with any political sense knows that an ambassador must stay out of politics in his host country.

Machiavellian Smile

Canada will be represented by a cunning Prime Minister Chrétien. Though he may not have the diplomatic edge on any of his cohorts, his political resilience would make Machiavelli himself smile. He knows that elections are around the corner form him and his party, so something big must be done. Look for him to provide some fireworks for our G-8 circus.

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