In a half-full Canada.

How many attractive countries are there to help alleviate the overcrowding, the poverty and the tensions of so many countries of this world? And of one of the more desirable outlets is Canada. The truth is that Canada needs at least three times its present population.

In the next 60 to 80 years, Canada needs to aggressively bring to our shores those who can adopt our freedoms, appreciate our rights and grow and prosper in a dynamic and progressive country. We need these people to claim and utilize our northern lands. We need their enterprise and imagination. We need new technologies and high-speed, green transportation.

We have the resources. We have the will. We can no longer hold our position in the world as a land half-full.

If we are going to keep our claim to those islands of the Arctic Circle, we need to use them. We need land access to the mineral wealth of our north. It could be a case of use it or lose it.

We hardly need military might to prove our claims, we need our people to be there. We need their loyalties.

Thinking back to a hearing on Canada’s constitution by MPs and senators in the early 1990s, I remember hearing from a person who had obviously been a citizen for just a short while. The gentleman was telling the parliamentarians of what Canada had done for him. He was an emotional person and he spoke from the heart. There were tears rolling down the man’s face as he told them what being Canadian meant to him. It was not easy for this man and his family. For in learning about their new country, there was much to unlearn from the old. It was not an easy experience for them.

But he saw the future for his children and their children. Maybe in those future generations, some would be taking this wonderful country for granted. Others might be looking south for the warmer climate. Yet, it is those who recognize the challenges, who will build Canada’s future greatness.

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