The Canadian population is aging, and getting old sucks - for economies, as well as for people.
There is nothing that can stop an individual from aging. Not face cream. Not hot yoga.
But perhaps, for our economy, there is hope. Immigration could make us young again. New Canadians will kick start our economy, pay for our pensions and health care, and look after us in our dotage. Geriatric boomers can then devote themselves full-time to rest and relaxation.
What seems to have escaped immigration advocates' notice is that Canada is, for the most part, no country for old men (or women). The winters are cold. The summers are hot. Our vast country is mostly made up of rocks and trees and trees and rocks. And water. I love it now - but will I love it when I'm afraid to walk anywhere in winter because I might slip on the ice?
Canada is also expensive. We have some of the costliest health care in the world. The wages for other care workers, from home makers to night nurses, are also relatively high. Care that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars here would cost a fraction of that in India, Cuba, or Costa Rica.
So why import a young worker, and pay her tens of thousands of dollars a year to care for old folks? Why not export older Canadians, set them up in little retirement communities in the sun?
The basic issue is the ratio of old people to young people. Much policy discussion has focused on increasing the number of young people. This modest proposal would address the number of old people instead.