the last issue on the Economist had a great special report on Canada.
some interesting stats:
– canada now has the second largest proven oil reserves (after saudi arabia). this is good news for the world
– canada has a really strong economy and is basically the only G8 country with no debt. it had had the highest growth of any G8 country in the last five years and it has tons of natural resources
but more importantly, Canada is very immigrant friendly. i think that is one of the most important criteria for future economic growth. i was in Toronto in August and i was amazed at the city’s diversity. Vancouver is also one of the most diverse cities in the world. the Pew Center did a polls of people in different countries and asked “Are immigrants a good or bad influence on your country?” — almost 80% of Canadians said they were a good influence (as compared to about 50% in the U.S. and only 35% in Germany).
forget China … if i was looking to move to a new land to strike it rich i’d choose Canada …