Canada's Economic Miracle: How Our Northern Neighbor Avoided Economic Calamity

Whether it's the depressed housing market, high employment or breathtakingly high national debt, the U.S. economy has its share of woes these days. Look north, however, and you'll see a very different scenario.

Though Canada and the United States are often viewed as very similar, our bigger, chillier neighbor has better weathered the recent economic storm, which brought banks, auto companies and other American businesses to their knees when the financial crisis struck nearly three years ago.