I haven't been here since I posted "Oh Canada". Don't know what to say, after reading so many emotional posts. Anyway, if there are 1000 immigrants, there will be 1000 Canada.

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I only speak my mind. If someone thinks differently, they speak theirs. I think it's also good for new comers to read these debates, coz they are also going to experience these frustrations like numnum or fish or everyone of us has. Not too long ago, I also complained quite a bit about "stupidity" around me.
What I found is that complaining didn't make me smarter, it didn't change my condition of life, it only push me away from positve people. I know if I keep doing this, I will only kill my potentials and make my life miserable. There are isolated incidents of discrimination or glass ceiling, but there are also enough opportunities out there, where if you play by the rules, you will be recognized.

No society is perfect. Even if it's the best for most of people, it might be a living hell for you. Take the example of Walkerton. But still I think the Canadian government is relatively efficient. I haven't lived in the US long enough to make a comparison, but the attitude of their customs officials is enough to put me off.
Another counter-argument to "Canada's tax system is punishing hard working people like Chinese" is, if you look at Chinese immigrants as a whole, and compare it to the whites (who are the "decision makers" as someone here put it), I don't think we are paying more tax than they do. Why? They probably have more high income jobs, and less people earning cash income and pay no tax at all, and still enjoy free one-tier health care, subsidized education, day care, language class. We Chinese are smart people. We know how to play the system: land in Canada where living expense is lower, get credentials and passport, then make big bucks in the US. And we turn around to call the Canadians sucker because they can't even figure out how to keep our tax cheque. Smart, right?

Maybe that's why back at home we screwed up almost everything: environment, welfare, social justice, morals... (I won't say this to any of my Canadian colleagues, but it's more steadfast fact than "Canadian government is weak and clumsy".)

China is not hopeless, but only if we can get rid of that kind of smart.
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