I am taking a break from the regularly scheduled programming following "Idiot-gate" in order to point out that Canadians should be a little red-faced.
Not because we somehow managed to elect a parliament full of yahoos who are willing to let the economy crash and burn while they argue about who gets to be the king of the sandbox.
Not because we are still exporting asbestos to third-world nations even though we know it’s bad for people and we’ve pretty much banned its use here and we won’t even agree to a treaty that would ensure we warn the people we are shipping it to that it’s dangerous.
Well, we should be red-faced about both of those things. But today I’m talking about us being red-faced because we’re apparently cheapskates.
On a list of the most giving jurisdictions in Canada, Manitoba is number one. Yay us.
But we are only 37th out of 64 jurisdictions in North America. And Canadian provinces occupy 12 of the bottom 20 spots on the list. Not so yay us.
Americans apparently donated more than double the percentage of their aggregate income to charities in 2006, compared to Canadians.
This is the season of giving, people. Let’s kick it up a notch.