Todays Blog is inspired by comments made by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development - he hopes that that Trudeau's new budgetary measures will attract "top-notch workers, scientists and scholars from the U.S.
Are you kidding me? What are we doing to keep home-grown talent? It is estimated that approximately 350,000 Canadian Engineers, researchers and academics currently live and work in the US. While the majority are in California there are also large populations in Arizona, Florida and Texas.
Phoenix is currently billing itself as the "new" silicon valley and actively recruiting in California. They are boasting that there are over 4,000 jobs available with major employers such as Honeywell, Intel and other "Tier 1" employers. There pitch is built around good wages, low taxes and affordable living with good housing available in the mid $200K. Add to this a low cost of living and great weather they have a strong pitch.
Other than the "Sky is Falling" hysteria surrounding Trump what does Canada have to offer? Minimum job opportunity - over 10,000 engineering jobs have been lost in the oil patch in the last three years, minimal high-technology opportunities, 44 jobs in Waterloo ON - $50K+, low pay, high taxes, high cost of living and sky high home prices. Compare this to 301 posted jobs in Phoenix - $50K+, comparable pay, low taxes, medium cost of living and low cost housing.
Bottom line is that you can put up with a lot of "politics" if you personally enjoy a comfortable standard of living.
I am a concerned Canadian that is fed up seeing companies and people leave Canada due to the high cost of doing business and living.