Burger King moved north – here’s 5 reasons YOU should


Here are 5 reasons to emigrate to Canada:

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Canada has the world’s best reputation internationally as a place to do business and live for the third consecutive year, according to the latest annual survey of more than 27,000 people around the world by the Reputation Institute, an international corporate advisory firm.

“Canada’s results confirm that it is only possible to maintain a strong reputation in the long-term when a country has the ability to transmit its leadership globally in each of the three key criteria: an effective government, an advanced economy, and an appealing environment,” Fernando Prado, a managing partner at Reputation Institute, said in a statement.

Economic wealth is only one factor that contributes to a country’s reputation. The study measures the reputation of 50 countries based on levels of trust, esteem, admiration and respect, as well as people’s perceptions related to other attributes that include a country being viewed as a safe place to visit, a beautiful country, having friendly and welcoming residents, passing progressive social and economic policies, and being run by an effective government. (The shutdown of the U.S. federal government last October, for instance, would have lost the U.S. some valuable points.)

Less firearm-related homicide

The rate of homicide with firearms in the U.S. (3.2 per 100,000) is more than six times higher than in Canada (0.5 per 100,000), according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In fact, the U.S. holds the dubious honor of outpacing most other developed countries in this category, including Norway and England and Wales (all 0.1 per 100,000); Australia, New Zealand and Germany (all 0.2 per 100,000); and the Netherlands (0.3 per 100,000).

One explanation for the differences may be that only licensed individuals can buy firearms in Canada.  Licensing is a lengthy process that requires a safety course and exam, a 45-day wait to process an application involving a variety of background checks, and a minimum 28-day waiting period for those who don’t currently own a firearm. There are also bans on certain types of powerful handguns and magazines for automatic and semiautomatic firearms.

More socially progressive government

In the U.S., same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Couples who tie the knot in states that don’t allow it are still entitled to federal recognition of their marriage due to a Supreme Court ruling last year that struck down much of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. But Canada legalized same-sex marriage in 2005 at a federal level. When Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper took office in 2006, he chose not to revisit same-sex marriage law, says author and Toronto-based gay rights activist Bert Archer. “That was the first time I really understood that Canadian and American political spectrums were entirely different things, and that Obama probably couldn’t get elected here—he’s way too right-wing.”

Universal health care

Given the confusing surrounding the impact of Obamacare on insurance premiums and the difficulty in its online rollout, it may be hard to believe that Canada has had universal health care since the 1960s through the Medical Care Act of 1966. Like many national health care systems, Canada’s isn’t perfect. In Canada, patients have little to no financial burden, which has helped lengthen life expectancy and prevent disease, according to a 2014 report on health care by the Commonwealth Fund. But they too often experience long wait times for health-care services. The same report offered stinging criticism of the U.S. “The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries,” it said.

Generous parental leave

The U.S. is one of the few industrialized nations that doesn’t require paid family leave for new moms and dads. “There’s a much better government and cultural acceptance of parental leave here than in the U.S.,” says Wendy Roth, associate professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Depending on the length of employment tenure and the number of hours worked in the preceding year, new moms in Canada can take 17 to 52 weeks of unpaid leave from their jobs. And Canada’s employment insurance plan offers 15 weeks of paid leave for moms, plus 35 additional weeks for either parent after the child is born or adopted, at 55% pay, up to a maximum payment of about $485 a week. “It takes the burden off women and strengthens the bonds between fathers and their children,” Roth says.

Canadians are funny

There is a stereotype that Canadians are boring. Blame Peter Ustinov’s famous line: “Toronto is New York run by the Swiss.” But Canadians are funny. John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Carrey, Michael J. Fox, Howie Mandel, Mike Myers, Leslie Nielsen, Catherine O’Hara and, even, William Shatner all hailed from Canada. And it’s not just the professionals. Traveling on a packed bus along Davie Street in Vancouver on Tuesday evening, the driver told people waiting at the bus stop, “There will be another one along in a few seconds.” But as soon as the doors closed, he said, “I just made that up.” And at a branch of Tim Horton’s in Vancouver earlier this week, the sales assistant announced to a long line of confused customers, “Welcome to Burger King.”

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