UPDATE: It turns out Bob from Calgary isn’t actually from Calgary at all. We’ve produced a fresh, updated version of the story right here. And believe us, it all gets way more Canadian than you’d ever expect.
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If you had to guess what the most popular comment ever on the New York Times was about, what would you say?
Maybe something about the war in Iraq? Or perhaps Donald Trump? Surely, it would be American, right?
Well, guess what: You’d be wrong. The most popular comment ever recorded in the New York Times was actually written by a guy named Bob from Calgary, who basically rants about how awesome Canada is.
We’re not kidding, either. The prestigious newspaper released its Top 5 comments of all time late last month, and No. 1 was left in response to an article about angry, rich Americans (apparently, some of our southern neighbours were mad that the bank bailouts following the 2008 recession included temporary restrictions on their bonuses).
So, without further ado, here is Bob from Calgary’s incredible paragraph of wisdom in response:
“My household makes just over $250,000 here in Canada. One of the best bargains I get for my money is living in a place where I and everyone I know sends their kids to public schools because they are really good. We end up with few criminals, because students learn how to be productive good citizens in schools.
“A second bargin [sic] I get is universal health care. Great care (rated well above the American system in most measures) whenever you need it without worry about not being approved. It all comes at a bargain price of about 50% of the cost of the US health system.
A third bargain is the modernizing infrastructure. Cities in Canada are building new commuter train systems, rebuilding old overpasses and other roadways, building new schools, new recreation centres, etc. We are not quite like a new city in China, but we are not the decrepit cities of the USA where governments are shutting the lights out at night because they have no money. In Canada, we realize that we can’t live off of the work of our grandfathers forever.”
Hooray for Bob! Hooray for Canada! Everybody wins!