Brain gain

It’s funny how rumours start. One person mentions that Gnomes is in Europe this week, something to do with the G8, and next thing you know everyone assumes that Gnomes is a leading figure in the anarchist movement. Well, I can confirm it. Gnomes is definitely in Europe this week.

The Brain Gain debate is a lot like that. One person mentions that their well educated friend is chasing a big salary in the land that socialism forgot and Canadian capitalists start to worry that the source of innovation in this country, Canada’s well educated, are going straight from convocation to the airport with a one-way ticket. It’s a scary thought. After all, the taxpayer helped subsidize their cushy grad-school lifestyle… kraft dinner parties, brand-name frisbees… you know what I’m talking about here. It’s no wonder that the brain gain debate has managed to permeate into all sorts of political debate in this country: tax cuts, health care, immigration, etc. Well, I can confirm it. There is a brain gain in Canada. That’s right, I said GAIN. In fact, Canada is a well oiled brain gaining machine.

Luckily for us there is another survey reassuring Canadians that our future leaders of industry and civil society are not running for the US tax haven. This study not only suggests that our grads are looking for and finding work in Canada, but that sixty percent of foreign students are planning on remaining in Canada! So, how do such nasty rumours get started? Through right-wing think tanks, bad journalism and the all powerful anecdote as Herb Emery pointed out nearly six years ago. So the next time you learn a friend is taking a job in the US, don’t fret… we’ve got his brain covered.



  1. O'Smiley said,

    Tuesday, 5 July 2005 at 5:48 pm

    Indeed, I feel that the brain drain is over hyped, even for non-PhD types. It is true that there are those that leave for the United States as soon as they get their degree or PhD, but as person who recently graduated and has observed friends and colleagues actions after graduating, I would say that it is not the norm. Even graduates of high paying fields such as Medicine, from my experience, generally try and find a position in Canada before looking else where.

  2. Toronto Tory said,

    Friday, 8 July 2005 at 2:27 pm

    20% leaving Canada is a LOT… and that’s only within “the first 12 months”.

    We should be concerned about that.

  3. Manatee said,

    Friday, 8 July 2005 at 3:31 pm

    Of that twenty only eight percent intend on moving permanently. That is 1.6% of grads considering getting out for good.

    I’m not too concerned.

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