Need a job my American buddies? Go north young man. You heard me right. That's the advice being offered by popular website The Huffington Post who last week in a front page story counselled unemployed Americans to seek employment across the border in the great white north.
In what sounded like a pitch from some midnight television snake oil salesman, the article begins...
"Stubbornly high unemployment rates got you down? Not sold on the economic recovery? Look no further than America's polite neighbor to the north, where job numbers are surging and home prices have been rising steadily for nearly a year."
Well, first thing you Americans have to learn is how to spell. There's a "u" in neighbour. Not necessarily a USA but a "u".
Granted our economic recovery seems to be on the fast track, having created 93,200 jobs last month. That's 10,000 more jobs than the US, eh. (Ha, ha, get it? USA, US eh)
We're #1! We're #1!
And we have poutine and May Wests that set us apart from "nos amis Americains". Oh that's right, we speak 2 languages up here, too. Bien sur!
Canada's basic food group: poutine, May West and a Pepsi!
Now HuffPost included a little poll in their article that asked the following question:
Would You Consider Moving To Canada For A Job?
- Yes, I'll follow the money.
- No, I'm staying in the States.
- It depends on salary -- or how long I would have to be unemployed.
As of Sunday, 61.67 per cent would follow the money. Only 13.44 per cent of those who voted would stay in the States.
Should the threat (no insult intended) of such an exodus come to pass what would this mean for Canada? I already have to watch their TV shows and movies. I'm inundated by their sports and entertainment figures - both the good and the bad. And I'm influenced by their politics. The only change I could see would be Americans would start mowing my lawn, caring for my garden, driving my taxis, welcoming me to Wal-Mart and serving me fast-food.
I wonder if my friends in Arizona can give me some advice?