Speak up sonny, I cain’t hear yah!

I must be getting old. I have been missing a few juicy bloggable topics in the past week or so.

Like this.

According to Statistics Canada, only Newfoundland and Labrador has a lower percentage of young people in its population. 22.3% of our population is aged 19 and under compared to 27.0 in Saskatchewan. Following the current trend of outmigrating youth and old timers like me staying put, within a generation, New Brunswick will truly be one big old folks home.

I hope they have better food when I formally enter the old folks home, I have had some of it and it sucks.

But I digress.

I remember demographers screaming and crying in the 1980s about the looming population crisis in Ontario.

So they turned on the immigration tap and presto, no more population crisis.

I know many of you are quite comfortable with the quiet, anglo/franco world where you took comfort from the fact that there was a good chance that your neigbour would be named ‘Smith’ or ‘Leblanc’ but the day is coming when if you want a neighbour at all he/she will likely be named Gupta or Chang.

In my opinion, bring it on.

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0 Responses to Speak up sonny, I cain’t hear yah!

  1. scott says:

    I know many of you are quite comfortable with the quiet, anglo/franco world where you took comfort from the fact that there was a good chance that your neigbour would be named ‘Smith’ or ‘Leblanc’ but the day is coming when if you want a neighbour at all he/she will likely be named Gupta or Chang.

    My fellow New Brunswickers are sending me extremely bad vibes when it comes to reaching out to visual minorities and being open to immigration, especially the francophone community that seems too fixated [at the moment] on building from within.

    Hopefully, someday they will see the larger picture, which at the moment is global not local.