If an American ever tries to start an argument by saying that the United States is better than Canada, simply point them towards the latest in worldwide rankings of countries:
According to the EIU’s Democracy Index of 2017, Canada is more of a fully-functioning democratic country than the United States.
Quite literally, so says the report, Canada is a “full” democracy whereas the U.S. functions was a “flawed” democracy.
Canada ranked in at #6 in the global index of 116 countries, receiving a score of 9.15 out of ten.
Countries were assessed based on scores in five categories: as electoral processes, civil liberties, the functioning of government, political participation and political culture.
Norway took the top spot (9.87 score) followed by Iceland (9.58), Sweden (9.39), New Zealand (9.26), Denmark (9.22), Ireland (9.15), and finally, Canada. You can check out a full top-ten list here.
The flawed democracy that is the United States came in at #21 on the global democracy index. North Korea took the bottom spot.
Only 4.5% of the global population live in a country described as a “full” democracy like Canada. 44.3% live in “flawed” democracy countries, like the U.S., Japan, and India.
Troubling is the fact that, globally, democracy-scores have been dropping. Most countries didn’t improve their scores and the average global score for democracy went from 5.52 in 2016 to 5.48 in 2017.
Canada’s score remained the same from 2016 to 2017.
Political participation, however, was listed as an area of improvement for Canada. But in the civil liberties category, Canada got a glowing perfect 10.
“All Canadians enjoy equality under the law” says the report, cites Global News.