Canada Has Long Feared The Chaos Of US Politics

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. It was originally published by The Conversation.

When the nation of Canada was founded in 1867, its people deliberately chose a form of government meant to avoid the mistakes and problems they saw in the U.S. government next door.

That helps explain why Canadian police used emergency powers to arrest hundreds of people and tow dozens of vehicles while ending the trucker protests in Ottawa, Canada’s capital.

Since its founding, Canada has taken a very different view of liberty, democracy, government authority and individual freedom than is known in the United States.