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By Rudyard Griffiths

Faced with one more minority govt, Canadians truly can't come to a decision who we need as a pace-setter. In Who we're: A Citizen's Manifesto, Rudyard Griffiths injects a welcomed ardour into the way forward for Canadian politics and what it capability to be Canadian. He explains the idea of a countrywide identification at a time whilst Canadian nationalism and team spirit are a central authority precedence, following the Harper government's construction of a sub-ministerial cupboard portfolio with the name Canadian identification.

Clearly and thoughtfully, Griffiths addresses international warming, immigration and an getting older inhabitants, and argues that the "Canada lite" version ends up in a lifeless finish: irrelevancy at the global level and divisive strife at domestic. He reminds us of who we're, what now we have entire and why a loyalty past the neighborhood and private is vital for Canada's survival.


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After a long time of relative complacency, are we liable to jettisoning the cultural capital which can end up decisive in making universal reason and assembly those matters head-on? Will our decreased degrees of social harmony have the ability to maintain the rustic whether it is gripped through a chronic situation? international warming and an getting older inhabitants are only concerns that would necessarily try out our skill to formulate long term nationwide ambitions and make collective sacrifices for destiny generations. DEMOGRAPHICS IS future Canadians love Florida. The lengthy, sandy seashores, the sprawling interstate highways, the huge purchasing centres and the bustling streets of multi-ethnic Miami are only a number of the Sunshine State’s leading points of interest. yet evidently, most vital to winter-weary Canadians is the reliably hot climate, in itself a draw that has made Florida one in every of our favorite international locations. regardless of what number Canadians stopover at or stay briefly in Florida each year, familiarity with America’s such a lot southern country turns out to be useful in discerning what lies forward for Canada. No, I don’t imagine Canada’s near-term destiny comprises hurricanes and emerging sea degrees, rampant unlawful immigration or a full-on, Florida-style meltdown in housing costs. relatively, Florida can function a photograph of a fast-aging society; that's what makes it instructive—and alarming. we know, or can simply think, what it's like pulling off Florida’s Interstate ninety five right into a Denny’s eating place to capture the early-bird specific. first thing one notices isn't the outsized foodstuff parts or the occasional accomplice flag on a baseball cap; it's the complex age of one’s fellow diners. One in 5 Floridians this present day is over the age of sixty-five, and this graying of the kingdom has already had an immense effect at the caliber of lifetime of Florida’s negative and needy in addition to at the destiny spending means of federal and kingdom governments. Florida has the third-highest according to capita Medicare charges (Medicare being the U. S. medical health insurance software basically for individuals over sixty-five years of age) in all of the US. Prescription drug revenues in Florida also are one of the optimum within the usa on a consistent with capita foundation, totaling a few $10 billion every year. The never-ending health-themed shops, every one chock-a-block with inner most clinics for cataract surgical procedure or melanoma remedies along supersized pharmacies, are the hallmarks of a society the place complicated age isn't just a demographic reality—but a truly massive company. however the genuine problem posed to policy-makers by way of Florida’s graying inhabitants isn't really spiralling health and wellbeing care budgets. it's the misplaced profit that effects from a shrinking staff. such a lot, might be all, of the aged buyers on the Denny’s I’ve frequented have been having fun with not just the meatloaf and occasional yet everlasting retirement, too. Florida has the fewest humans of operating age of any nation within the U. S. In different phrases, it has the least variety of full-time staff whose taxes can be utilized to pay for the social entitlements and merits of these elderly sixty-five and over, or eighteen and lower than.

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