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Barry Chamish, controversial author and commentator on Israeli politics, was on Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith on September 27, 2010, and lived up to his billing with this controversial statement 29 minutes in:

“Can you name a Canadian invention? No, there aren’t any. Look, I lived in Canada. I tried to live in Canada for a few months after 32 years away from the place. Now as bad as the American government is, the American people invent things. They don’t invent things in Canada. And there’s a reason for it — there’s a very tight bureaucracy.

While he was clearly being hyperbolic as a result of his obvious frustration from his time in Canada, there definitely are Canadian inventions, and here are some of the more notable ones:

  • The telephone (Alexander Graham Bell)
  • Amplitude modulation used by AM radio (Reginald Fessenden)
  • Insulin for diabetes patients (Frederick Banting)
  • Standard time (Sir Sanford Fleming)
  • Basketball (James Naismith)
  • The walkie-talkie (Alfred J. Gross)
  • The Blackberry (Mike Lazaridis)

While I believe the form of government of the United States as well as the character of those who built it resulted in the greatest unleashing of creative talent the world has ever seen, that has been undermined greatly over the last century, with various socialist policies. This shift has ultimately been reflected in things like the conservative Heritage Foundation’s 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, where Canada surpassed the United States, and, in Big Four accounting firm KPMG’s 2010 ranking of Canada as more business tax friendly than the United States.

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