While good fences make good neighbors, the US and Canada may have more than enough exchanges to contribute to each other’s development. Canadians are nice. But is it enough to explain America’s fondness for its neighbor to the north?
Mining through patterns of interactions among 31 million members, Zorpia, discovered that Canada receives the most number of cross country messages from the United States.
A long standing pattern
Figure 1. USA cross country traffic to Canada
The US loves to connect with English speaking countries like Canada who receives 20% of all US cross country messages. Australia and the United Kingdom come at 2nd and 3rd place respectively . While Canada, Australia and the US share a common heritage, being former colonies of England, Gallup reported in 2012 that 96% of Americans held a favorable view of Canada, the highest for any country in more than 20 years.
Fast forward into the era of social networking, the US and Canada continue this amiable relationship of sharing and interconnecting by being 2 of the world’s most connected countries. If the US sends a majority of its cross country messages to Canada, Canada reciprocates this attention with equal enthusiasm. Zorpia stats reveal that the majority of Canada’s cross country messages in Zorpia is also directed towards the US.
Figure 2. Canada reciprocates the US cross country attention
Shared ties: Language, Entertainment and Trade
The absence of the language barrier has made it easy for artists like Justin Bieber to enjoy commercial success in the US. Paul Anka, Celine Dion and David Foster to mention a few, are just one of the many successful Canadians acts who have crossed over to the US. Successful movie actors include Pamela Anderson Lee, Baywatch babe, Hayden Christensen, of the popular Star Wars series and Leslie Nielsen, popular comedian have also invaded Hollywood and delivered their brand of Canadian quirkiness that Americans eventually came to love.
Both countries also share a passion for hockey, a very physical sport played on ice. Whereas hockey ranked 6th as America’s favorite sport, it is considered Canada’s national obsession. Their recent encounter during the winter Olympics had famous personalities expressing support for their respective camp.
In 2013 alone, Canada was the US largest export market as well as the US’s 2nd largest supplier of goods imports.
While relationships between neighbors can be touchy, there is nothing touchy about Canada’s relationship with the US. Common interests and shared ties ensure good times and opportunities that both countries can look forward to and build upon.