See (b) cheap laughs at national stereotypes.
There's a difference between playing on a stereotype, and making authoritative statements that are just plain wrong. Footnotes don't make you right, even if you add comments like "injunction against thinking". But, since that's where we are, let's cite some footnote-free evidence.
Canada's overall population isn't relevant. Instead, look at the enormous, and growing, population concentrated in the Greater Toronto Area, where the fourth-largest city in North America sits at the tip of what might one day be a real-life Mega-City One.
Given the increasing emphasis on planning (and this is a real phrase) vertical communities, the woefully congested roads running above ground level very near residential buildings, and the marked change in many downtown neighbourhoods as high-rise buildings are developed at an alarming rate, there are plenty of parallels. Just recently, there was a public outcry against a change in the colour scheme for Toronto Police Service vehicles, because the dark grey they chose was seen as too sinister.
People were comparing it with Robocop. Honestly.