Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Canada, not too bad, eh?

What a strange place, this Canada.

While we natives constantly gripe about its many perceived deficiencies, outsiders continue to tell us it is one of the world's best countries.

The Toronto Star's David Olive, one of my favourite columnists, points out in his blog that Canada has recently ranked high on three global surveys.

First, Canada is the only country from the Americas to be found among the world's happiest countries, according to a survey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

They asked such questions as "Did you enjoy something you did yesterday? Were you proud of something you did yesterday? Did you learn something yesterday? Were you treated with respect yesterday?" How would you have answered?

Second, a survey by leading executive relocation firm Mercer found Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa to be among the world's 20 best places to live. Again they were the only cities in the Americas on the list.

Rating factors included "political and social environment (including stability, crime and law enforcement); the strength of the economy; restrictions, such as censorship and limitations on personal freedom; the quality of health care as well as exposure to infectious diseases; and school quality."

Finally, the HSBC Bank International Expat Explorer survey named Canada as number one among the world's 10 friendliest countries.

Happy, friendly, great place to live.

How about that?

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