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November 05, 2004

Immigration Tidal Wave Heading for Canada?

I really enjoyed this essay in Slate on the details of moving to Canada, a claim we've heard from many dishearted liberals after the election. Yeah, right!

I particularly liked this test that one must take in order to apply for citizenship. Take it yourself and see if you have what it takes to be a Canadian, other than a willingness to eat cheese curd, go skiing and entertaining the prospect of annexing the Turks and Caicos as a territory of Canada. Now imagine the US mandating the same criteria in its immigration regime.

Also take a look at this satirical essay that proports to act as a primer on Canada for Americans.

On a serious note; if there is ever going to be a northward migration to Canada it will most likely be spurred on by water. Water exports are verbotten to the US, specifically exempted from the Free Trade Treaties, and right now the fastest growing city in the US is Las Vegas - right in the middle of the desert. Sure it's great to have nice weather, but not if you're thristy. That's Canada's ace in the hole and if they leverage that resource they could add mightily to the development of the country vis a vis growth in the US. Strictly a long term strategy of course.

Posted by TangoMan at 05:35 PM