The government – responding to a falling birth rate, looming labour-market shortage and shrinking tax base – had offered to give mothers $2,319 for each baby born after July 1 last year.Heck if the Aussie's can do it why can't we?
In announcing the payments in May, 2004, Treasurer Peter Costello told the country: “You go home and do your patriotic duty tonight.”
The father of three suggested that two children per couple was not enough to combat the effects of an aging population: “You should have ... one for your husband, one for your wife, and one for your country.”
I guess for Canadians it is just much easier, and more importantly much cheaper, to just pillage the intellectual capital of third world countries.
At least no one can say we aren't efficient.
Along the lines of this topic, have you ever noticed that those who want to make it easier for foreign professionals to immigrate to Canada are often the same people claiming we should increase the amount of foreign aid we provide?
If you are one of these people, have you ever considered that you are stealing the best and the brightest of the third world and all you are providing in return are a few token dollars? You get the doctor and they get $5 worth of medical supplies. Or alternatively, you get the entrepreneur while they get a microloan to start a business making sandals out of old tires.
Very gracious of us. Very gracious indeed.