Canadas Brain Drain Issue Essay

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Canadas Brain Drain Issue What is a brain drain? It is the emigration of highly educated and skilled Canadians to the United States. Does Canada suffer from a Brain Drain? This is a question that economists have been trying to answer for a decade now and have conducted different studies resulting to different conclusions about this issue. There are some economists that believe that yes Canada is suffering from a brain drain if not now it will be soon, amongst those economists are Don DeVortez and Samuel Laryea who prepared a study of C.D howe Institute. They claimed that Brain Drain is real and is costing Canada Tax Payers millions of dollars. Then on the other side of the debate we have economists like John Helliwell, who …show more content…
“I believes in the queen bee theory, that one real talented leader, can create all kinds of enterprise and wealth” said the CEO of a major corporation in Western Canada. “ If you lose that one person or that small group of people to places that they would rather be, they’re not going to come back and you’re going to lose a tremendous amount of wealth creation” He was responding to Helliwell’s theory saying that the flow of migrants from Canada to the United States, whether overall or only among the highly educated, are less than a quarter as large as those in the 1960’s. The CEO is trying to say that maybe the flow of migrants are less but we are losing key players and that in the long run it will definitely hurt our nation. If the talent is moving away from Canada because of better benefits less tax then the companies will follow the people that drive success and hence the low number of migrants will eventually add up to millions of dollars of loss, and at this point millions of dollars is definitely a problem that the government needs to address and fast.

Helliwell argues that over the last 30 years, there has been a steady continuation of the century-long downward trend in the number of Canadian–born residents in the United
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