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Hilary Clinton Says Immigrants Deserve Citizenship, Not Second Class Status 

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that that law abiding immigrants should be offered a path to citizenship rather than given second class status. Clinton criticized the Republican party for supporting stricter immigration measures, saying they would put immigrants who work hard and pay taxes at risk of deportation.

Source: Fox news


Canada: The Most Tolerant Country in the World

Why is Canada the Most Tolerant Country in the World?

One may wonder whether Canada is the most tolerant place in the world because Canadians are more enlightened than others. The answer is no. It’s because of our geography and history.

Canada can make an honest claim of being the most open-minded place on earth. For two decades now, Canada has been importing just under 1% of its population annually – 258,000 in 2012, more than five million in total. Most new arrivals come from Asia and the Pacific. No other country can match that. And we all get along with each other very well.

canada-most-tolerantMost countries have a pro and an anti-immigration party. In Canada, each party claims to be more pro-immigrant than the rest.

Canada is bordered by three oceans and is very far away from anywhere except the U.S. Therefore Canada gets very few illegal migrants seeping through its various borders. It’s easier to be tolerant when you don’t get millions of people desperate to get in, as the U.S. and Europe do.

Canada’s cultural geography is also different. Canada was originally a union of French and English, who had been at war in Europe for much of the past 800 years. So the only way to make the dominion work was for each to give each other plenty of breathing room. This respectful distance made it difficult for Canada to gel as a nation, but it also prevented immigrants from feeling they were outsiders in a nationalist club. Thus multiculturalism became the greatest gift of Canadian Constitution.

But things are still far from perfect. The legacy of intolerance and abuse by the Europeans toward the aboriginal community is Canada is a shame. But there is hope. In Inuvik, the Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and non-aboriginal populations (the town is about one-third each) get along remarkably well.


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Canada’s Unemployment Rate Equals the USA Rate

Canada’s Unemployment Rate Equals the USA Rate Using Comparatives

The unemployment rate in June rose by 0.1 percentage points to 7.1% as more people were searching for work in Canada.

Compared to last year, employment increased by 72,000 or 0.4%. It was the lowest yearly growth rate since February 2010. Little changed in the number of hours worked in the past 12 months.

Canada Unemployment rateAmong youths aged 15-24, employment declined by 44,000. However, their unemployment rate was not affected much and stood at 13.4% as fewer youths participated in the labour market.

In age group 25-54, employment declined by 26,000, mostly among women. The unemployment rate rose 0.3 percentage points to 6.1%.

Employment increased by 60,000 among people aged 55 and over, bringing their unemployment rate down 0.4 percentage points to 5.8%.

In Ontario, employment fell by 34,000, raising the unemployment rate for the province by 0.2 percentage points to 7.5%. In Newfoundland and Labrador, employment fell by 2,900 in June. It increased by 3,800 in Manitoba and by 2,700 in New Brunswick.

From the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014, employment in Yukon was little changed and the unemployment rate fell from 5.3% to 4.3%. During the same period, employment in the Northwest Territories declined by 1,500 and the unemployment rate increased from 7.3% to 9.6%. In Nunavut, employment was little changed and the unemployment rate was also unchanged at 13.6%.

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Canadian Economy Points to a Better Second Half of 2014

New Indicators Point to a Better Second Half of 2014 for Canadian Economy

A manufacturing report in Canada and strong employment trends in the United States indicate better economic prospects for Canada in the second half of 2014.

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Growth rates of 1.2% in the first quarter and anticipated 2% in the second quarter are well below the predictions made by the Bank of Canada at the beginning of the year. However analysts are suggesting that the second half of 2014 will put the Canadian economy back on track, mainly because the US economy is now leaping into the best stretch of expansion since the 2008-09 recession.

“There are some signs of improvement in the external background, especially the US. About 50% of Canadian manufacturing sales are exported and the bulk of that is going to the United States,” says Nathan Janzen, an economist with the Royal Bank. His bank’s manufacturing purchasing manager’s index for June shot up to 53.5 following consecutive contractions in April and May.

The manufacturing report was uniformly solid with stronger output and new orders providing the biggest boost. New export orders also rose, along with an increase in the backlogs of work and the quantity of purchase indexes.

Evidence of the strong turnaround appeared when private employers in the US added 281,000 jobs last month. According to CIBC economist Andrew Grantham, these strong numbers support the view that the American economy is picking up steam and that growth will likely stay strong in the third and fourth quarters as well.

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Top Ranking in Canada: Alberta Economy

Oil and Gas Sectors Push Alberta Economy to Top Ranking in Canada

As per a report by TD Economics, Alberta will be the only province in Canada to experience annual economic growth of more than 3% in each of the next two years. Alberta is expected to lead the way in 2014 and 2015 with sustained strength in the oil and gas sector along with rising activity in other sectors of the economy.top-ranking-in-canada alberta

Economic growth rate in Alberta is predicted to be 3.5% in 2014 and 3.2% in 2015. Whereas economic growth for Canada is forecast for 2.2% and 2.6% in the next two years.

Alberta is also expected to see improvement in its healthy differential over the forecast period. This would be due to commodity prices remaining at historically high levels.

“With commodity prices expected to hold up at close to current levels, the differential in GDP per capita . . . between the commodity-rich provinces and the rest of Canada is forecast to edge up. In 2015, we estimate Alberta will record GDP per capita at $88,000, an advantage of $35,000 relative to the rest of Canada,” said TD Economics

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Do you like Canada?

Canada is peaceful ,rich and warm ( because of the people). It is a perfect match for me because I love snow and winter. I always walk to work in the snow. I don’t understand and nobody would , why some Americans hate the Universal Health care System. It shows that America needs more love and compassion. If something good benefits everyone, why should I feel miserable as a decent human being? I am so proud to be a Canadian.

I was born in Ontario and now I live in BC and I’ve been in every single province in this country except PEI. I like it. I find that we’re not as uptight and as uninformed as the average US citizen. I find that the US is all about “We’re #1! We’re #1!”. Where as Canada is going “There’s a competition?” Canada has no intent on shoving it people’s faces how cool we think we are. We just want to hang out and drink good beer, watch hockey, and have good conversation with the rest of the world. Maybe that’s why Europeans like us so much – we just say that we’re Canadian, we don’t ram it down their gullets.

Oh yeah, we’re a lot better winners in sports competitions too on a global basis.

Now that doesn’t go to say that if I got a sweet job in the US that I wouldn’t move there. I find that the vast majority of people in the Northern states (i.e. Washington, Vermont, Minnesota, etc.) have similar view