US and Canada ESP

Economic

Even though it underwent a decline, during the worldwide recession in 2008, Canada's economy is still one of the world's leading economic powers. A majority of the wealth comes from natural resources such as timber, gold, silver, copper, zinc, etc. The US economy, on the other hand, has recently been suffering from high unemployment rates and a plummeting economy. Still, it is slowly recovering due to stagnant wages.

Social

Most Canadians have French and/or British ancestry. Although most of the population, about 83%, sees themselves as typical Caucasian people, they all have a variety of European backgrounds. This is what makes Canada a great example of a multiethnic state.


The US is a melting pot, with a wide range of racial diversity. Caucasians make up around 75% of the population, as well as 12% African American, and a growing 15% Hispanic. Because of this, it makes it near impossible to pin specific ethnic groups to the whole country.

Poitical

Although now fully independent, Canada is still a part of the British Commonwealth. Formerly, the country was run by a monarchy, but is currently represented through an elected Parliament. Although most of the French-speaking inhabitants of Quebec wanted to be independent from the rest of Canada, they were swayed by the economic benefits and, in recent years, by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's persuasive statement, saying it would be recognized as "a nation within a united Canada.'


Ever since it gained it's independence, the United States has democratically elected their officials. In 2008, Barack Obama was elected as the first African American president in US history.

Sources:

"Canada: Country Overview." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 14 Nov. 2014


United States: Country Overview." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 14 Nov. 2014