Don’t listen to the naysayers. Canada is a great country. One of the best, in fact – you can look it up!
This is once again confirmed by a report chalking up and comparing various indicators for 133 countries in the world.
An organization called the Social Progress Imperative released its annual index on Wednesday.
Canada came in at number six. Norway and Sweden took the top spots as Scandinavian countries tend to do in international rankings like these. They’re the annoying teacher’s pets in the world classroom.
The rankings of this particular survey tabulate everything from drinking water to level of crime to private property rights.
No one should be surprised Canada did so well on a list like this. There’s a reason why people from all across the world will go to great lengths to alight on our shores.
The outstanding quality of life here is envied around the world. But it clearly isn’t appreciated as much by some of our fellow Canadians. There was ample evidence of that during the recent Bill C-51 protests, some thundering that our country is in danger of becoming a police state.
What – and lose our single-digit rating? Get a grip people!
All these antics succeed in doing is belittle the tragic life of millions who actually do live in a police state. Time for some perspective!
There has never been a time in human history in which it’s been better to live than now. And few better places to live it. Our health care, the technologies we take for granted, our ample resources and the institutions that underpin our great democracy furnish proof of this every day.
Can things be better? Sure! But the answer isn’t to pass more laws, raise more taxes or redistribute more income.
No, the continued path forward is to free everyone to do what they do well. We’ve got great entrepreneurs running businesses large and small. Let’s enable them to grow our economy, create more jobs and continue building a better quality of life.
There’s no foam finger for “We’re Number 6!” We can and will continue to strive to be the greatest country in both sentiment and objective fact.