Do you regret moving to Canada?

Updated on : January 17, 2022 by Rory Fox



Do you regret moving to Canada?

It was the right decision at the time when China was not a good place to be. Now that China has overtaken Canada in many ways, moving here is starting to seem like a big mistake. I have been in Canada for more than 20 years, but I have not changed that much unlike other countries. Here are some major issues:

1.) Taxes are very high and progressively increase as you earn more money. So success basically produces diminishing returns and effectively punishes success and rewards failure. This led to a huge brain drain problem where the most industrious Canadians move to the US, where they are better treated.

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It was the right decision at the time when China was not a good place to be. Now that China has overtaken Canada in many ways, moving here is starting to seem like a big mistake. I have been in Canada for more than 20 years, but I have not changed that much unlike other countries. Here are some major issues:

1.) Taxes are very high and progressively increase as you earn more money. So success basically produces diminishing returns and effectively punishes success and rewards failure. This led to a major brain drain problem in which the most industrious Canadians move to the United States, where they are better treated.

2.) Universal healing is very inefficient. I once waited in the emergency room for 15 hours. Getting a specialist could take months. Checkups are not covered. You cannot even opt out of this system, as private health insurance has been outlawed.

3.) No matter how much stellar work experience you have in other developed countries, you will not be recognized. I think they do this to protect local Canadians so they don't have to compete with international talent. Very ironic, as they set a very high bar for skilled immigration when they don't even use those skills. There are doctors from Russia who end up as taxi drivers because their license and experience here is null and void. For me, this is institutional racism.

4.) Culture is deeply rooted in all the traps of left-wing ideology. You are taught from a very young age to view wealth and upward mobility with suspicion. There is a general mentality of victimization and entitlement. If it doesn't succeed, it must be the fault of the corporations or the rich. The government is supposed to solve all your problems. I find this very demoralizing and depressing. I don't think this is the message you should send to young people.

5.) There is a drug problem on the streets. I've never seen so many meth heads anywhere else in the world. I'm not sure what caused this. Perhaps the laws are too lenient on drug trafficking and drug use? In the main cities of the center, you will find a lot of drug addicts begging for money. Especially young people.

6.) The media is very biased. Almost everything reported about China and any other non-OECD country is 100% negative and no one questions its validity. The exception is the United States, they are also seen as evil. People here see themselves as the good guys and the rest of the world is problematic or just plain unethical.

I think when we left China we thought we were escaping from an oppressive regime to live in a democratic utopia. What we learned is that democracy may not be the best form of government (even though you are trained to believe it is) and the western media does a good job brainwashing its own people. The narrative that Canada sells is not necessarily a reflection of reality. Maybe freedom is just a concept.

Edit: I just want to add that I think the reason Canada sits on its high horse of ethics and points the finger at others is because they only have one neighbor and they are friendly. They have many natural resources and little population. They never have to worry about starvation or invasion. It's easy to be ethical when you don't have to make tough decisions to defend your turf and secure resources. It is not fair that they judge.

No, I moved here (Vancouver) from the UK, and while I wonder what it might have been like and sometimes long for where I grew up, I'm generally happy with my luck.

I've noticed a lot of very pervasive comments here, particularly from Sharma. It seems that t9 has become something between Canada and the United States. Individual circumstances will always be different, there are always winners and losers.

Suggesting 9 hours of waiting in the ER is ridiculous, although I suppose there could be extreme cases. It will vary considerably, but the national average is 4 hours for non-life threatening injuries, so there is room for improvement. I guess that's what you get

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No, I moved here (Vancouver) from the UK, and while I wonder what it might have been like and sometimes long for where I grew up, I'm generally happy with my luck.

I've noticed a lot of very pervasive comments here, particularly from Sharma. It seems that t9 has become something between Canada and the United States. Individual circumstances will always be different, there are always winners and losers.

Suggesting 9 hours of waiting in the ER is ridiculous, although I suppose there could be extreme cases. It will vary considerably, but the national average is 4 hours for non-life threatening injuries, so there is room for improvement. I guess that's what you get when all residents have coverage. I guess if we cut 10 percent and cut another 15 percent, things would get better ... damn socialism.

Are 90 percent of Canada's jobs in Toronto and Vancouver ??? Actually??? Given that that's roughly 15 percent of Canada's population, I guess the other 85 percent must really be struggling.

Income taxes are not 50 percent. I earn 150,000 a year and pay a functional tax rate of 30 percent. I also receive a 20 thousand year veterans pension and do not pay taxes on that. Those who earn less pay considerably less than the US And those who earn more, as they should be. Also, medical expenses are covered by taxes, so for an accurate comparison to the US, medical costs should be included.

Do Canadians Really Pay More Taxes Than Americans?

Plus, social programs cost money. The United States pays more as does Europe in general, especially Scandinavia, where taxes are much, much higher. Canada is not really a place with excessive taxes when compared internationally.

Canadian taxes lower than most in the world: OECD report

I have family in Washington state and California and the property taxes are much higher, as are the county taxes, not to mention tolls, user fees, and copays.

Sales taxes are high, but those who earn the least get rebates that lower them.

Savings, I doubt there is little difference between Americans and Canadians, both need improvement. I have done well and have saved between 40 and 50 thousand a year. It appears that Canada is around 4.4 percent and the United States is 5.5, although state pensions are higher in Canada.

Is the savings gap a generation gap or the result of low rates? | CBC News

Gasoline prices are expensive compared to the United States, not the rest of the West, and Canada has gas at a very low price. And using Vancouver as an example is misleading. Metro Vancouver desperately needs transportation and fuel taxes are levied to invest in public transportation. Currently 7,800 million are allocated to expand traffic. Currently, the NDP is reviewing gasoline prices.

Do Canadians Really Pay More For Gasoline? Yes and no - Canadian Fuel Association

Public transportation is reasonable and high enough (to be properly expanded and maintained.

Eating out is cheaper than major hubs in the US By comparison, the eyes of Los Angeles, SAN FRAN, and New York made me watery.

Wages I do not know. The currently lower dollar is skewing things, although once crude rises next year and NAFTA is resolved, it will improve. When searching on Google, the average salary in Canada is CAD1000 per week, while in the United States it is USD865 per week. The minimum wage tends to be higher in Canada. Certain professions are higher paying in the US, such as high tech and the medical field. firefighters, police officers, teachers, and the military are better paid in Canada. Personal field and circumstances will dictate. I do better here, but that's me.

Infrastructure roads are a gamble in many areas due to winter weather, but overall the infrastructure is very well maintained and is constantly being expanded and replaced. By comparison, the US is a mess with high bills going forward. The OECD gave American infrastructure a close failure. Those pesky taxes again ... come to Canada without schools, hospitals and community centers and stop improving the infrastructure for God's sake.

America's infrastructure is about to fail, says report

And there is homelessness, poverty, racial intolerance, social mobility, oligarchy marching as democracy, all very poor in the United States.

No place is perfect, but the American dream is most achievable in Canada.

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