Everything Is Better In The US

by Kristina on April 30, 2010 · 6 comments

old antique American flag
Happy Friday Everyone! This past week I was outed by a reader. Yes, I admit it…I am Canadian. I am your neighbour north of the boarder. So for this week’s weekly roundup we are discussing the relationship between America and Canada. I love America. I visit about 3 times a year. Actually, as you are all reading this I am on my way to NYC.

Originally, I was meeting my mother this weekend for a shopping trip but actually it has turned into a business trip. I have a lot of clients in Montreal (that’s where I live) who also live and do business in New York, specifically in real estate and the diamond business. So, I am driving down to NYC with a couple of clients and I will also be joining another client for dinner on Saturday night. I will let you know how it goes next week.

When I was younger we (as a family) would drive to the US almost on a monthly basis to buy things such as groceries, and clothes. American grocery stores such as Meyer’s and Farmer Jacks are amazing! We didn’t even need to show any identification back in the 1980’s, now I have to show my Canadian passport.

Today there is no need for this since our dollar values are basically the same. I bought my $1000 US Dollars for exactly $1000 Canadian Dollars this past week. The only difference is the service fee that banks charge their clients for foreign exchange transactions. Since we are just beside each other I wouldn’t technically consider the United States foreign. I know it’s weird. Do you consider Canada a foreign country?

~ Tahnya Kristina

PS: Here are some articles this week on the economic and political relationship between Canada and the United States of America:

And then here are some other great articles from around the financial sphere:

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 David H. April 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

Yes, Canada is a foreign country. Mainly I'm just mad I get charged an additional $0.50 on my Molson's I purchase at NHL games.

2 Jay April 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Dude, your blog is awesome. LOVE the name! Just signed up to your RSS – looking forward to seeing what else you pump out man.

3 Sean April 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Thanks for the mention.

4 Anonymous April 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Ahem…please be aware that Canada has some very interest rules for energy trusts that the USA does not, thus not EVERYTHING is better in the US.

Also, land is in parts of Canada is somewhat cheaper than in the US as well.

5 Jonathan April 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Thanks for the shout out! The only part of Canada I've been to is Vancouver, but I loved it. Americans can no longer call Canadian money "monopoly money"…

6 Kim | Money and Risk May 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Yes, it’s a foreign country even if I have tons of Canadian friends. I hear the beef up there is better than ours.

I’m still upset that I can’t get $1.50 canadian for $1 US.

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