Okay, so Bernie Sanders running as an openly socialist candidate has gotten people stateside talking about whether or not now "socialism", just the word itself, is still that bogeyman associated with communism and that other side that was the enemy during the Cold War, that makes voters steer clear of any politician who espouses it as label. That's one thing I always heard was a big contrast between the US and Canada, but I'm not sure how large the difference is for the current generation. While I wouldn't say that socialism is necessarily used exceptionally often as a name for an ideology in Canada in the general public/mass media apart from young folks on university campuses (supporters of the NDP don't really seem to say "I'm a socialist", or I support "socialism" directly in those terms, but rather describe views that could be called socialism in the US without necessarily using the word), I do still definitely think it still doesn't have that stigma that I hear for US politicians. It seems like such a cultural difference to hear someone have to say "No, no... I mean democratic socialism, not something like the Soviet Union". I don't think people in Canada generally have a knee-jerk reaction to the word negatively in that way, nor do they (well at least not that I've ever heard) conflate socialism with communism or socialism with authoritarian regimes of the Cold War, but at the same time we're not Sweden or anything either. Someone not too long ago, since the subject of Bernie Sanders' use of the term came up, asked me if "socialism" was seen positively in Canada or if the label was ever tarnished by the "red scare" the way it was stateside, but I didn't know exactly how to answer (though I was born in the latter part of the 80s so maybe I wasn't the right demographic to ask, compared to someone who was brought up in and really got a feel for the attitudes at the peak of Cold War paranoia). So in general in terms of the word "socialism", I don't think it's viewed negatively but at the same time it's not eagerly used that often either explicitly as a label by the average guy on the street.