Every movement has a counter-movement and all of the world's greatest atrocities and achievements have been born of the elastic energy of progress.
Every time progress is made, a group of people form to protest the progress, and preach of a return to previous values. If the progress makes too big of a jump, the counter push historically becomes radical and violent.
One of the premises of the American civil war was that the Union advocated for the freedom of southern plantation slaves. Arguably a progressive movement; unfortunately it was a big change and the Confederacy was willing to fight tooth and nail for a return to slave society.
The other way is also true. The Renaissance of science and art that occurred in the 16th century was fueled using the energy and desire gained from the "progressive" policy of burning witches in the dark ages. The Renaissance was about giving life to human dignity through art and science as a counter movement to the old church paradigm that had existed for hundreds of years beforehand.
And I dunno if Canada is "better" than the States or not, but it's going to be mighty cold up here when the power goes out!
"You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination. You may not see your ears, but they will be there." - Moral, by the Cat