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CanadaOur home and native land: Canada b

By John B Galt

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Canada is one of the world's wealthiest nations with a high per capital income, a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Group of Eight (G8). Canada is a federation composed of ten provinces and three territories; in turn, these may be grouped into numerous regions, which predicate some aspects of Canadian governance, e. Canada is a constitutional monarchy with Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, as head of state; the monarch of Canada also serves as head of state of fifteen other Commonwealth countries, putting Canada in a personal union relationship with those other states. Canada is a free market economy with slightly more government intervention than the United States, but much less than most European nations.


Canada's constitution consists of written text and unwritten traditions and conventions. Canada's judiciary plays an important role in interpreting laws and has the power to strike down laws that violate the Constitution. Canada and the United States share the world's longest undefended border, co-operate on military campaigns and exercises, and are each others largest trading partners. Canada has nevertheless maintained an independent foreign policy, most notably maintaining full relations with Cuba and declining participation in the Iraq War.


Canadian soldiers would win the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. Canadian troops played important roles in the Battle of the Atlantic, the failed 1941 Dieppe Raid in France, the Allied invasion of Italy, the Battle of the Scheldt during the liberation of the Netherlands in 1944. Canadian nationalists continued to worry about their cultural autonomy as American television shows, movies and corporations became omnipresent. Canadians practice a wide variety of religions. Canadian provinces and territories are responsible for education. Canadian culture has historically been influenced by British, French, and Aboriginal cultures and traditions.


The country is a parliamentary democracy with a federal system of parliamentary government and strong democratic traditions. Government regulation and supervision of the market was seen by respondents as neutral to slightly negative in its impact on decision-making. Social democratic programs such as Universal Health Care, the Canada Pension Plan, and Canada Student Loans were initiated in the 1960s and consolidated in the 1970s; provincial governments, particularly Quebec, fought these as incursions into their jurisdictions.


Immigration to Canada is possible for family members of people already established in the country. Immigration to Canada based on the skilled worker category, is a very popular visa programme and is intended for people with high levels of skills and experience. Post-war prosperity and economic expansion ignited a baby boom and attracted immigration from war-ravaged European countries. Canada has the highest per capita immigration rate in the world, driven by economic policy and family reunification; Canada also accepts large numbers of refugees. Canadian culture has also been greatly influenced by immigration from all over the world.

Canada is the United States' largest trade partner. Canada is contiguous to "the center of the empire". Canada is a geographically vast and ethnically diverse country. Canada is highly dependent on international trade, especially trade with the United States. Canada is one of the world's most important suppliers of agricultural products, with the Canadian Prairies one of the most important suppliers of wheat, canola and other grains. Canada is one of the few developed nations that is a net exporter of energy.

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Who is John B Galt? John B Galt is an avid writer and frequent contributor to Click for more info about Canada.

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