SwordMaster wrote:Im not sure I follow you. Why does Canada have a desperate need? In what scope of talent? Leadership? Politics?
Canada is a nation of middle management and risk aversion, generally speaking. Which leads to our infamous "brain drain." Most of our home grown talent invariably moves south of the border or globally. Why? Because nations like the U.S. breed risk takers and innovators. They have a system which encourages and fosters those willing to bet their talent against the risk involved in whatever venture. Science, technology, music, film and many more industries simply are not aligned in my country to seize advantage of the plentiful natural talent of the Canadian people. You have an entire nation with some of the best education in the world, plentiful personal freedom and incredible cultural diversity, but no institutions to seize advantage of these talents. It's one of the worst flaws of my country.
However, Canada's unique position means we don't have
to do anything. As an allied neighbour to the worlds super power, we enjoy one of the most profitable trade economies in the world. On top of that, Canada is a country literally bursting with rich, plentiful natural resources and a tiny population utilizing only a small portion of them. As a result we export billions to other countries eager to pay good money for our top end goods. This has created a Canada which is insanely rich and ridiculously comfortable. In light of this microcosm we've built, most feel there is little sense in spending lots and risking much when we can simply afford to buy anything we could ever want. Someone invents technology, we buy it. Someone sells entertainment, we buy it. There appears to be little incentive for us to risk and innovate on our own since it's so much easier to simply buy everything we need with our big fat wallets.
Which brings into focus the Canadian dilemma. There is more to be gained by risking and innovating that just a comfortable, well-provided life. There is pride. And since Canada doesn't spend enough on research and development or risky ventures in any of a number of industries, nor does it have a strong cultural export industry, Canada has very little pride beyond the basics in life. But having free medical care, a comfortable job and money in the bank is not what inspires people. Without inspiration, our generations grow up without any great need to innovate and become complacent with increasingly inefficient systems.
The best and the brightest Canadians who cannot abide the limitations inherent in our stifling systems simply leave. Our aviators and engineers get hired by NASA. Our scientists move to European and American companies. Our doctors are lured to higher paying jobs outside the country. Our musicians move to better cultural scenes. Our actors and directors go to Hollywood. This leaves our industries in Canada without the best of our generations and as a result, our pride suffers.
Hence, we need to encourage risk and innovation. We need to spend more on R&D. And most importantly we need to change our way of thinking so that our industries cultivate the new generations that will risk, innovate and achieve for ourselves.