Do Canadians care more about American politics than what's going on at home?

As is custom, a group of Americans have threatened to move to Canada if their favourite candidate doesn't win. But it appears a lot of Canadians have some sort of secret desire to get American citizenship and take part in all the excitement down south.

Over the past few weeks, HuffPost Canada's editors have noticed a significant disparity between reader interest in stories about Canadian politics and those on the U.S. election. The statistics are likely similar for other websites and TV news, which would help explain why the U.S. election gets so much coverage here.

While the outcome of the American vote is bound to have plenty of consequences for Canada, it's difficult to imagine how they could be more important, at least in the short term, than the changes proposed in the latest omnibus budget bill, or whether the Tory government will approve foreign investments in Progress Energy and Nexen, or what the ruling will be in the robocalls court challenge, or whether Justin Trudeau will really become leader of the Liberal Party.

So why do Canadians seem to be so much more interested in U.S. politics at a time when so much is happening on Parliament Hill?

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There's always the issue of scale. Estimates put the cost of the current American campaign at roughly $7 billion, while in Canada political donations from corporations are banned and the maximum contribution to a federal party is currently capped at $1,200. It's like comparing Avatar and Sarah Polley's latest art-house flick. Which one are you more likely to go see?

Then there's the sheer lunacy of it all — the venomous attack ads, the hyper-partisan news networks, the brazen lies and misrepresentations and the chasm of polarization between New York and Nashville, San Francisco and San Antonio.

We may have Quebec separatism, but they have the Tea Party, and it's not hard to see which has more viral video potential.

And then there's the envy.

Canada is lucky if news of a new prime minister registers elsewhere in the world, while Barack Obama is probably the most famous person on the planet.

And while many Canadians would prefer to keep Stephen Harper a secret, nobody likes to go unnoticed.

It's the perpetual Canadian contradiction: We disdain and envy the American circus all at the same time.

HuffPost Canada wants to know whether you care more about U.S. politics than what's happening at home, and if so, why. Send us your thoughts in the comments below, on Facebook or on Twitter using the hashtag #USvsCDA.
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  • Will McAvoy

    Anytime someone tells me that they plan on moving to Canada if their candidate doesn't win, I ask them to name the Canadian Prime Minister.

  • Phil Jamesson

    "if Romney wins I'm moving to Canada" - someone who is unoriginal, unfunny, and a liar

  • Δℓ y G0n+!3r. «3

    ALL. THESE. PEOPLE. Like, everyone's talking about moving to Canada if Romney wins. Or moving to Canada if Obama wins. OMG. I love Canada.

  • - lAlAh ♡

    - I'm Moving Back To Canada Reguardless . if Romney Wins ? I'm Just Moving Back Sooner ..

  • Rob DenBleyker

    I am moving to Canada no matter who wins. It just seems nice.


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  • France

    The French are Obama's strongest international backers. <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">Seventy-two percent</a> prefer Barack Obama to Mitt Romney. <em>Caption: The temporary results of a U.S. presidential election straw vote is displayed on a board at Harry's Bar in Paris, Wednesday October 31 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)</em>

  • Australia

    Australians overwhelmingly support Obama. <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">Sixty-seven percent</a> would vote for the current president. <em>Caption: President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard arrive to speak with Australian troops during a visit to Royal Australian Air Force Base in Darwin, Australia. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)</em>

  • Canada

    According to GlobalScan, <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">66 percent</a> of Canadians support President Obama. A recent Angus Reid survey indicated that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/31/obama-romney-canada-poll_n_2049167.html" target="_hplink">72 percent</a> of Canadians favor the president. <em>Caption: U.S. President Barack Obama greets Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper upon his arrival at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland on May 18 2012 G8 summit. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)</em>

  • Kenya

    <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">Sixty-six percent</a> of Kenyans champion President Obama, a 21 point drop in ratings since 2008. <em>Caption: Wangari Maathai, Noble Peace Laureate and conservation heroine, is seen with President Barrack Obama in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday September 26 2011. (AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim, File)</em>

  • Nigeria

    <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">Sixty-six percent</a>of Nigerians endorse Obama. <em>Caption: A Nigerian security man sits under a campaign poster of Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan, with President Barrack Obama, in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday January 12 2011. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)</em>

  • Brazil

    <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">Sixty-five percent </a>of Brazilians back Barack Obama. <em>Caption: President Barack Obama meets with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff on Monday April 9 2012, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)</em>

  • Panama

    <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">Sixty-five percent</a> of Panamanians are in favor of Obama. <em>Caption: President Obama shakes hands with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, in the Oval Office at the White House on April 28 2011 in Washington DC. (Brendan Hoffman-Pool/Getty Images)</em>

  • United Kingdom

    <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">Sixty-five percent</a> of Britons root for Barack Obama, according to a GlobeScan survey. Angus Reid found that <a href="http://www.angus-reid.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2012.10.30_US2012.pdf">62 percent</a> in Britain say they would vote for Obama if they could take part in this year's United States presidential election. <em>Caption: President Barack Obama and Britain's Prince Philip walk to view the Guard of Honor of the Scots Guard during an official arrival ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, on May 24 2011. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster, file)</em>

  • Germany

    <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">Sixty-four percent</a> of Germans are fans of Barack Obama. <em>Caption: U.S. President Barack Obama greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon her arrival at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland on May 18 2012 the G8 summit. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)</em>

  • South Korea

    <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">Fifty-eight percent</a> of South Koreans are pro-Obama. <em>Caption: U.S. President Barack Obama, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak look down as they look for their toe-markers before a group photo session at the Nuclear Security Summit at the Coex Center, in Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday March 27 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)</em>

  • Indonesia

    <a href="http://globescan.com/commentary-and-analysis/press-releases/press-releases-2012/245-global-poll-obama-overwhelmingly-preferred-to-romney.html">Fifty-nine percent</a> of Indonesians declare themselves in favor of Obama. <em>Caption: Wearing traditional woven ikat shirt, U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife Kristiani, upon arrival for a gala dinner at ASEAN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Friday November 18 2011. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)</em>