I should have posted this on April Fool's Day, when Canadian Planner was here.
Anyhow, reading about the immigration legislation in Arizona, I thought about how, despite being next door, such laws would never be considered in New Mexico. New Mexico and Arizona are both states in the desert Southwest. Despite their superficia l similarities, New Mexico has a smaller population, takes pride in its diversity and Mexican heritage, is politically fairly liberal, has far fewer vocal MInutemen and militia-type kooks, and in general just feels "kinder and gentler" compared to its bigger cousin to the west. In a way, New Mexico is Arizona's Canada.
Likewise, I've heard New Zealand described as Australia's Canada. and Switzerland as Germany's Canada. What are some of the other Canadas out there? Is Vermont the Canada of New Hampshire? Is Namibia the Canada of South Africa? Is Chile Argentina's Canada?