Comparing New York with Vancouver Island, British Columbia provides a compelling contrast of police-enforced social engineering in the USA and Canada… I observed a more progressive view of self-governance, a greater personal involvement in community affairs, and a federal structure that is more supportive of individual freedom.

My conclusions may not be surprising since Vancouver Island is Canada’s most progressive region, and New York State is one of the least progressive states in the US. Yet even taking this into account the differences are startling.

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