Yes, there is poverty. Ever driven thru downtown Winnipeg, Schumacher ON, or any reservation outside southern Ontario? Canada and the US are hard to compare as the measure is different however is you look at reasonable comparisons, abject poverty levels are similar. The big differences are the us is considerably better off at or above the poverty lines.Is it that warped though? The US has some very serious problems that at the very least need some discussion if not direct action. Ignoring them and perpetuating the status quo will not end well, as we see with the current situation.
I've never lived there, but have travelled the USA fairly well. I distinctly remember my first road trip in the US almost 20 years ago. I was absolutely shocked at the abject poverty throughout every major city I drove though, and then I got lost in the poor part of Philadelphia... I don't get scared easily, but I sure as hell made sure to lock the car doors and not make eye contact. A few years later I was visiting California for the first time, imagine my surprise at what I saw when I set my gps to downtown LA.
As a kid that grew up on Hollywood movies and Baywatch, even one that paid decent attention to the news, I was not ready for the reality of some of USA's problems
On the flip side, the media's intense focus on our differing politics and not our shared humanity is really hurting everyone. I try to remind myself regularly that some of the kindest, most generous, people are the ones that I might not share political views with. Those same people spouting QAnon theories, and saying masks are the first steps to Nazi germany, remove politics from the conversation and they will likely give you the shirt off their back if you asked.
my experience in the us is that the community does a lot more for the poor than in Canada, here it’s largely left to govt, not nearly as much church and volunteer corps in the game.