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Canada's Ideal Population
What Is It ? And How Should It Be Achieved ? Population growth, is it desirable? So many things run through my mind when I ask myself that question. I believe that I would desire a higher population , but to an extent. Too high of a population would spell disaster in many ways. In each geography class I've taken, we have always covered the issue of our earths natural resources. And how if we're not careful and learn to conserve, we'll run out of them. Many people have been saying this for a long time, and I think to an extent they are correct. So the question I ask myself is this. How would an increased population affect the amount of natural resources we have? Well, to answer this I had to consider our present world population. With approximately 5.5 billion people in the world, it has been estimated that our natural resources will be used up in a few hundred years. Just think what an increase in our population would do to the level of resources. We would probably have our resources down to nothing in a matter of generations. What people are forgetting is that scientists will always be working on new inventions, and are bound to come up with some alternate manufactured resource that people can use as a substitute to all the gasses, gasoline and other oil products. Other problems that would occur due to an increase in population are, an increase in taxes. More people would be using facilities funded by taxes, like schools, school supplies, utilities, conservation areas, prisons, courts both provincial and federal, as well as other government services such as snow clearing, and lets not forget that the government has salaries too, and our taxes pay for them. I also believe there would be problems with a decrease in population. So Canadians probably wont be to pleased that population decline is likely to occur soon. Some of the problems of decreased population that would have disastrous effects are as follows. Taxes would go up even higher than if there was an increase in population because there would be less people paying taxes. The government would have to raise taxes because they would need to compensate for the loss. I also think the general quality of life and living standards would decrease because there would be less people working. After if there is a lower population there is less demand for goods and services therefore less jobs would be available. Prices of those goods and services would increase to compensate for the loss of business. On the other hand the natural resources wouldn't deplete as quickly if the population decreased. Because there would be less people living in any given area, more properties would become abandoned thus producing more area to ride recreational vehicles. I would really enjoy that aspect of a decrease in population. But who knows whether or not my friends would still be around to hang out with. With such a demand lost, probably all business would have to reconstruct their business to suit the situation. If population growth was deemed desirable which I think it should be, it would best be achieved through the use of many different methods. The decreased use of various birth control methods. Not only through the non-use of birth control can the effect be achieved though. After all not everyone can afford to bring new life into the world. Therefore I propose that serious financial incentives be introduced. Enough money to supplement the entire cost of the birth and the cost of raising the child for a minimum of sixteen years. Unfortunately killing birth control wont quite cover the amount of people that need to be brought into canada. It would be necessary to have more immigrants come into the country. That would mean lowering the level of standards already in effect for immigrants trying to get into our country. To complement this we would have to distribute the immigrants evenly throughout the country so the under developed parts of Canada have a better chance of survival. If the immigrant distribution has to be done correctly, meaning that everyone should be mixed in, including Canadians, so no one particular ethnic group, or people with different beliefs feel singled out. I think Canada's ideal population should include people from many different countries. That's why immigrants should be encouraged to enter from everywhere. Unfortunately, just like in the 1930's, immigration to Canada is at a very low rate. Back then almost all Canadians were antagonistic towards new immigrants because of the sacrity of jobs across the country. Now-a-day's most of our white population feels they're being discriminated against because their chances of getting a job are almost nil.....nothing.....ZIPPO !!!!!! Many people are too quick to turn away immigrants. I don't think we realize the potential behind allowing them into our country, and giving them a chance, Actually letting them speak. After all a white, black, and chinese man can all work the same job. One colour or creed shouldn't affect their work. As long as they're qualified for the job there should be no reason for declining them the position. But, not every person has the same ideas. Not everyone thinks the same way. Therefore it would be beneficial to everyone if we collaborated our ideas. It leads to a more beneficial conclusion. More beneficial to everyone because their ideas will be part of the conclusion. That is why it would be in everyone's best interest to increase the domestic natural increase rate. If immigration is encouraged, which would be beneficial to Canada, it should be stated in the agreement of acceptance to Canada, where that immigrant must live, and for the number of years he/she must live there. It would bring more population to the lower populated area's. Thus more business would be needed because of the increase in demand. Thus more jobs can be created further away from core area's such as Toronto and Vancouver. There would of course have to be an incentive to being placed where your going to live. Especially if it's a region where population density is only 0.1 people per kilometre like in the North West Territories. What I propose is that the government lower their monthly taxes for a period of time. As well as interest free loans for those who want to start or open their own business. Perhaps a 50% savings on the building of a house. Really the possibilities are endless since there are different types of incentives for different types of land. Once the incentives are started the government should continue to give them until an area is built up enough to support itself. To help the immigrants, the government could also offer incentives to Canadian citizens to move to a particular geographical location. It would be necessary to do this so the new developing regions aeronaut only immigrants. They would feel as if they were outcasts, probably end up revolting, and a war would start. There are many factors affecting Canada's population. Each as important as the next. Some are in favour of high population favourable, and some are in favour of low population. So it is very difficult to determine what Canada's ideal population should be. I think Canada's ideal population should be about 125,000,000. That way we would at least be pulling our weight for population density. There would be a lot more business being done in day-to- day activities. There would be no excessively poor areas if we are to completely mix our ethnic groups and immigrants. It would be necessary to use all forms of our population increasing procedures. Even some not mentioned in this paper. Although many of these approaches are costly, it would be very proficient for us all to have the whole country working collectively. With all of Canada operating together, we would reach our optimum efficiency. Only through the combining of our races will we be able to keep everyone happy. Only through combined ideas of everyone, including the immigrants and ethnic groups other than our own, will we be able to attain more productive processes. Only with these new processes will we be able to operate our businesses, assembly lines, and other jobs to our fullest potential. I also strongly believe that we will find new resources, or invent more efficient ones before we actually run out of the old. So I really don't think running out of resources is going to be problem in the future. That's why I think Canada's ideal population should be 125,000,000. And It can be accomplished through the methods discussed in this analysis. I imagine we can all get over being a little crowded as long as we're all kept happy. Which we will because of our countries new capabilities.

 



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