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How Canada views U.S. politics

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WINDSOR, ONTARIO (WNEM) -

Breakfast is often served with a side of American politics at Baker's Bar and Grill in Windsor.

"I like America, don't get me wrong. But when it comes to politics, that's the part I can't understand," said Sheldon Taylor, Canadian.

Taylor said the presidential campaign is leaving a bad taste in his mouth.

"They don't respect one another. They call each other names. If you're running for president of the United States you should have better, what should I say, good about yourself," Taylor said.

It's the negative campaigning and the long duration of the campaigns that make American politics unpopular east of the border. Especially this year with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the front-runners.

"I think you guys are in for a long four years no matter who gets elected, to be honest with you," said Ozan Undey, Canadian.

In Canada they're not sure about either candidate, but they said a Trump presidency would be very hard to swallow.

"I think it is the scariest time they've ever faced over there. The thought of them going to elect Donald Trump as the president is so scary," said Marilyn Venney, Canadian.

Taylor agrees.

"This Donald Trump, I don't know what kind of guy he is. He has no respect," Taylor said.

The political campaign in America has had its fair share of surprises. Some people don't like either candidate and some say they may even defect if Trump or Clinton are elected.

Canadians are having some fun at America's expense. Videos are circulating on the internet poking fun at this year's election and inviting Americans to Canada if Trump is elected.

In fact, some websites even have directions on how Americans can make the move.

Windsor Star columnist Anne Jarvis said the presidential run has certainly been the talk of the town.

"Our politics are dreadfully boring quite frankly, compared to yours," Jarvis said.

That's one reason she said a lot of Canadians pay attention.

"Now I must say we are much aghast that [Trump] could actually become president," Jarvis said.

Jarvis said a lot of the spectacle comes from how America's political system compares to theirs. As the I-Team discovered, Canadians don't vote for the country's leader. They vote for the party.

It's a three party system - conservative, liberal and new democrat.

The one with the majority names the prime minister.

"You're asked to choose a government, but to do so by electing a local member," said Jeff Watson, former member of Parliament.

Watson is a conservative and served as a member of Parliament from 2004 to 2015. He said Canada's government is much like England and Parliament can dissolve at any time and elections can be called early.

Campaigns for office last a couple of months and there's no comparison to America for the money spent trying to get in to the new Parliament.

"Unions and large corporations are banned. Small businesses are all banned from directly contributing," Watson said. "We have spending caps of about $90,000 to $100,000 if you can imagine that."

He said once a member of Parliament, Canadian leaders are quick to understand the American influence. Especially when it comes to the economy.

"You'll find part of the equation is who you choose. Part of the equation is who we choose and whether we keep our politicians accountable with working with each other," Watson said.

Some said democracy is health in America.

"If the government did some of the stuff they do here to us, you guys wouldn't stand for it," Undey said.

While other said there's a seat open at the Canadian diners.

"I would move over here too. Because you have disrespect over there for one another. Over here, cost of living might be a little bit higher than theirs, but we love one another," Taylor said.

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