Canada vs. U.S. – by the numbers

So I was hanging out in the BA executive lounge at Heathrow waiting for my flight back to Canada, drinking complimentary champagne and reading Bloomberg Markets magazine. In the magazine they had a cool little comparison of Canada and U.S. figures – I’ve copied them below for your interest.

Canada on the left, U.S. on the right

2008 GDP Growth Forecast
2.3% vs. 1.9%

Federal Budget
$13.8bn surplus vs. $163bn deficit

Housing prices
11% rise (Aug.) vs. 3.9% fall (Jul.)

Trade
Surplus since 1975 vs. Deficit vs 1975

Oil Reserves
179bn barrels vs. 22bn barrels

Life expectancy
80.2 years vs. 77.8 years

Beer alcohol content
5% vs. 4%

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