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Immigrants key to economic growth

posted Mar 18, 2012, 4:43 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 4:43 PM ]
By Megan Harris Toronto Sun

First posted: Sunday, March 11, 2012 02:48 PM EDT | Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012 02:54 PM EDT

To those who argue that the Canadian government should substantially reduce the net inflow of immigrants into the country in order to effectively tackle our stubbornly high unemployment rates are both misinformed and dead wrong.

The reality is the combination of Canada’s demographic profile and low fertility rate means future economic growth will depend entirely on a steady flow of people willing to uproot themselves and families to move to our shores.  Simply put, Canadians are getting older and having fewer babies.

If you want to grow your economy, you need a stable cohort of young people who are willing to work.

That is not to suggest Canadians are not willing to work. It’s just that many of us grew up expecting to dictate our terms for giving employers the honour of paying us for our labour.

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