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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Stuck in Upper Canada

Posted on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 10:15 PM

So we want to move back east. We love it there – the people, the landscape, the way of life.

We see a handful of jobs in our fields, realizing that due to the smaller population, professional positions are not as frequent as more populated areas of the country. We know it will be a bit of a hunt to find a job opportunity that is right.

We inquire about the pay for these jobs, knowing that we are going to take a pay cut, of course – the houses are cheaper there, few other things are cheaper, but its an acceptable trade off for us.

However, the fact that jobs there that require masters degrees and higher pay under $37,000 is atrocious. It is the one and only factor that will keep us and our tax dollars from the east coast. And its not just private industry, professional government jobs, Lawyers, Accountants, Management jobs requiring decades of experience, paying low 40’s. What an insult. No wonder the governments of the Atlantic Provinces are in shambles – no one in their right mind would work for them at these rates of pay. So you get unqualified, inexperienced people running the civil service, under the direction of inexperienced politicians who –with the support of experienced people might stand a chance of running the place properly – run the place into the ground. You simply won’t and can’t win.

So until you start making the place an attractive option for experienced professionals who want to go there but simply can’t afford to live off your pennies a day, you will continue to follow this vicious cycle of failed governments and brain drain.—Stuck

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