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Canadians’ standard of living slips further behind U.S.

As the usual smug-r-us routine kicks-in in liberal Canada (as led by the new liberal king, Michael Moore—an American and yet the irony is lost on them), which goes something like this: U.S. in desperate trouble in three Gulf states due to hurricane, so Canadians immediately say: we’d do better; our military is designed to save lives instead of kill lives for “imperialistic” purposes; there aren’t as many poor people here because we look after our poor; we aren’t racists; there are no guns in Canada and anyway we have a gun registry so there’d be no shooting or looting; we signed Kyoto and therefore we’re smart and they’re stupid and deserve hurricanes; they’re rich so they can stuff it; and besides they deserve whatever comes their way because of, um, Bush… and Halliburton!… (and that’s just from among the firmly committed intelligentsia of the liberal-left in Canada) …in actual fact, Canada is falling further and further behind the U.S. in its standard of living, as most of us who have friends and relatives in the U.S. already know.

Canadians’ standard of living slips further behind U.S.

Canada’s economy and living standards will continue to fall further behind the U.S. over the next few years, a Bay Street think-tank says.

“Over the 2003-2006 period, growth in Canada will fall short of that in the U.S. every year, and cumulatively this will add up to about 3.3 percentage points of growth over the four-year period,” Global Insight said. “That is more than one full year’s worth of growth over a four-year period. As a result, Canada’s standard of living will fall from 87 per cent of the U.S. level in 2002 to about 84 per cent by the end of 2005.”

It says Canada’s economy will grow by 2.8 per cent this year, a slight improvement over its previous forecast of 2.6 per cent, and again next year. The U.S. economy will grow by more than 3.5 per cent this year and more than three per cent in 2006, it says. The U.S. economy grew faster than Canada’s for the past two years.

It doesn’t mention the words “Liberal Party” or “liberal-left” anywhere in the article, but of course that and the liberal-left socialist programs including our North Korean-style healthcare system they forced us to suffer with, by law, for decades in suffering; excessively high taxation and regulation and cultural protectionism; asinine leadership or lack thereof; the carefully nurtured attitude of absolute dependence on the state now held by every Canadian for every facet of every Canadian life from the time of birth (if they make it that far without being aborted—with taxpayer funding!) to grave (and beyond), and the same kind of state dependence from among every corporate entity and every creative talent…—is among the liberal-left-derived problems. 

In a more balanced news medium, they might have mentioned and maybe even discussed the reasons, in the same way that they’ve dissected in 8 billion ways the reasons for the Conservative Party’s inability to win the latest election or their poor showing in the recent polls, or how Stephen Harper didn’t look good in his Calgary Stampede outfit this summer during his “image makeover tour” (words they used 9 billion times, just slightly more than “hidden agenda” last year).

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