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Is the American dream now the Canadian dream? The American Dream has moved to Canada. A Calgary Stampede rodeo girl carries the Canadian flag.

The American Dream has moved to Canada

(Todd Korol/Reuters) From the very moment of its creation, Americans have always imagined their country to be a beacon of opportunity for the world. Thomas Jefferson lit that torch when he wrote in the Declaration of Independence that all men have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. This notion that everyone deserves a chance, and will most likely find it in America, has been arguably one of the most attractive and powerful ideas in modern history, guiding millions to Ellis Island, in search of a good job, a good education, a white picket fence and a two car garage. But where once America stood alone as the land of opportunity, there are now dozens of other countries that have surpassed the United States; chief among these is its unassuming northern neighbour, Canada. MORE: The Pax Americana is officially over. Welcome signs in French, English, Arabic pop up in Ontario - Kitchener-Waterloo.

Log In - New York Times. President Barack Obama admitted 12,000 Syrian refugees, triggering a furor and a backlash.

Log In - New York Times

Meanwhile, Canada, with a far smaller population, has admitted 40,000 Syrians. Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s immigration minister, told me that one of the criticisms he faces from ordinary Canadians is that he’s not bringing in enough Syrians. And Hussen is himself an emblem of the country’s openness: He arrived at age 16 as a refugee from Somalia and now runs the ministry that once served him. “We want people to join the Canadian family,” he said, noting that the country is trying to figure out how to keep more foreign students from leaving after graduation. And his trajectory is not unique: Two of the last three governors general arrived as refugees, one from Haiti and the other from Hong Kong. Let’s be clear: Canada has xenophobes, too, and indeed, six people were just killed at a mosque in Quebec.

Photo Historically, Canada had a “white Canada” immigration policy steeped in racism and xenophobia. The Canada experiment: is this the world's first 'postnational' country? As 2017 begins, Canada may be the last immigrant nation left standing.

The Canada experiment: is this the world's first 'postnational' country?

Our government believes in the value of immigration, as does the majority of the population. We took in an estimated 300,000 newcomers in 2016, including 48,000 refugees, and we want them to become citizens; around 85% of permanent residents eventually do. Recently there have been concerns about bringing in single Arab men, but otherwise Canada welcomes people from all faiths and corners.

The greater Toronto area is now the most diverse city on the planet, with half its residents born outside the country; Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal aren’t far behind. Annual immigration accounts for roughly 1% of the country’s current population of 36 million. Canada has been over-praised lately for, in effect, going about our business as usual. Compared to such hard stances, Canada’s almost cheerful commitment to inclusion might at first appear almost naive.

Uk.businessinsider. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Blair Gable/Reuters If the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has you feeling disillusioned with American democracy, you may find yourself imagining a move to Canada.


After all, it's a land where healthcare is free, people are friendly, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explains quantum computing just for laughs. But actually becoming a citizen is tough: You need to live in Canada for at least six years, stay on your best behavior, and know a thing or two about the country you'll soon call home. For those who actually want to head up north, here's how you move to Canada. Preface: Make sure you're not already a Canadian citizen. Shaun Best/Reuters Before you go through the hassle of applying for citizenship, take a short quiz to see if you may already be Canadian. The government outlines several caveats for being a citizen even if you weren't born there, many of which depend on your parents' citizenship.

Be at least 18 years old. Thomson Reuters. Canada in the Age of Donald Trump. It is early November and in the streets of Toronto, men and women are pinning bright red poppies onto their dark winter coats.

Canada in the Age of Donald Trump

They do this in remembrance; they remember the men and women who gave their lives in the two great orgies of violence that defined the twentieth century in order to build a saner and a better world. That world, which the survivors managed to build, came to a sudden end last night. With the election of Donald Trump, the last of the major Western democracies holding out against the tidal onslaught of xenophobia has fallen. Well, not quite the last. There is Canada. In Europe the power of the far right has been growing steadily and ferociously for decades. Canada is most open to the world at the exact moment the world has closed. Even those countries in which the new forms of socialistic nationalism have not yet triumphed have been profoundly altered by its rise.