Bill Burr wrote:
I guess Eaton never read this list:
Top 8 Reasons NOT to Immigrate to Canada
8. Discriminatory and Dishonest Immigration System.
Immigration to Canada is based on a point system, obtained with your education, qualifications and job experience. Points are good enough for immigration, but in Canada, they are not good enough to get a job in your field. Amazing, how the credentials that qualify you to come to Canada are the same credentials that don't qualify you for your profession in Canada. The reason is, Canada only wants immigrants to do the labor jobs - pizza delivery, driving taxis, factory work etc.
7. Out Of Control Cost Of Living.
From rent, to utility bills, to shopping, to phone, internet and cable bills, to gas, to car insurance, to eating out, to basically anything you have to pay for or buy, the cost of living in Canada has become astronomical. Recent immigrants are astonished as to how expensive everything is. It is estimated that compared to most countries around the world, the cost of living in Canada is on average five times greater.
6. Health Care Crisis.
Practicing physicians in Canada are in a shortage, 1 in 4 Canadians cannot get a family doctor. Canadian doctors are leaving to move permanently to the United States. Statistics Canada and the Canadian Medical Association both have identified that for every 1 American doctor that moves to Canada, 19 (nineteen) Canadian doctors move to the United States! Doctors in Canada are overworked and underpaid, and there is a cap on their salaries.
5. Very High Taxes.
Yes, you have the GST, the PST, totaling 15%, on practically everything you purchase and many other taxes taken out of our weekly paycheck. You have to pay a whopping amount to the government, out of your hard earned salary, so that the government can turn around and give it to beer drinking, hockey watching welfare bums. Fair? It does not matter, it's Canada.
4. Money Hungry Government.
Canadian Embassies around the world lie to foreigners, painting this picture that Canada is Utopia, because they want them to come to Canada. Why? Because foreigners bring money! So after being deceived, these foreigners come. They must bring with them at least $10,000. Canada has an immigration quota of 250,000 per year. So please do the math, 250,000 multiplied by $10,000 each equals a whopping 2.5 Billion dollars that Canada gains from immigrants every year.
3. No Culture.
Unlike almost every other country in the world, Canada has no culture. Actually American culture is what dominates Canada. When was the last time you had some 'Canadian' food? There are no Canadian traditions and there is no national identity. What does it even mean to call yourself a 'Canadian'. . .nothing really. People living in Canada, still identify themselves with the country they 'originally' came from.
2. Worst Weather.
Yes, Canada has the worst weather conditions of any country in the world. Freezing cold temperatures, snow, ice, hail, winds, storms etc. From the Prairie provinces to the Maritimes, from the Territories to southern Ontario, the weather is so horrific and disgusting that many Canadians leave Canada simply because of this reason alone.
1. No Jobs.
Yes, coast to coast, there are no jobs. Immigrants are highly qualified (MD's, PhD's, Lawyers, Engineers etc.) but they are driving taxi cabs, delivering pizza's or working in factories. Even people with bachelors degrees from Canadian Universities cannot find jobs after graduation. This is the tragedy associated with immigration to Canada. I feel sorry for those immigrants who are stuck in Canada for the rest of their lives. It is indeed a very sad and hopeless future.
8. I've met many immigrants here who get jobs in their desired fields. In fact, that's how we get a lot of doctors in the country.
7. Cost of living varies from city to city, but is on par with many American cities. Minimum wage is $10/hour, exceeding the USA's.
6. Health care problems are overblown. Life expectancy is better than USA.
5. PST varies from province to province. GST is 5%. In Sask, PST is 5%. In Alberta, it's 0%. But yes, taxes are generally higher, mostly to cover health care. But dollar for dollar, this is cheaper than a private insurance system like the USA has, which is why most developed nations have free public health care.
4. We do rely on immigration to keep our population from declining. It's also why we are a very multicultural society. The 39,000 Syrian refugees we took in in the past year didn't have to pay a dime, and we gave them free health care, and free education. Many were taken in by Canadian families.
3. We don't really have a culture, I agree. What culture we have is centered around hockey, Tim Horton's, and priding on ourselves as being nicer and more egalitarian than Americans.
2. It does get pretty cold, but there are warm spots if that's what you prefer. Kelowna gets just below freezing in the winter, and that's all.
1. Unemployment rate in Canada is 6.8%, USA is 4.9%. In 2010 and other years, our unemployment rate was lower than the USA... Generally Canada does well when commodities are up. Not the case right now. Despite this, just a couple years ago, median Canadian net worth exceeded median American net worth.
Reasons Canada is better than the USA:
1. Free health care
2. Most provinces have legal minimum vacation time of 3 weeks.
3. On top of the vacation time, most provinces have around 11 statutory holidays. That is, companies pay you to not work, or if you do work, you get double time by law.
4. Better international reputation than the USA, due to our international efforts in peacekeeping and not invading tons of nations.
5. Abortion is legal in Canada everywhere. And free.
6. Far less fundamentalist religious people in Canada
7. Better laws in many cases. Example: you can't call yourself a news organization if it's been proven you get the facts wrong, and don't correct them.
8. No inhumane death penalty
9. Less wealth inequality
10. Better gun laws, meaning very few school shootings. Less shootings in general.
11. BC and Alberta have a carbon tax, and nationwide we will have one in 2018. More evidence based policy like this.
12. Longer life expectancy than USA