There's a Globe and Mail editor (I can't remember which one yet) who thinks Canada 
should deliberately aim for a population of around 200 million. All it would take is 
tripling our current input of immigrants from 200K a year to 600K a year, and, he says 
(and I haven't checked themath), by 2050 we'll be a major player. We'll never "catch 
up" to the US because our country simply consists of, well, let's not call it 
inhospital land, let's just say it's more expensive to inhabit certain areas (look at 
Ketchikan, for instance; while it looks like a very idyllic spot, there's the added 
expense involved just to leave town. In the diamond mines in the NT and the drilling 
rigs of the
Beaufort Sea, life is very comfortable for the workers, but eggs cost $3.00 a dozen 
(US$2.00), and every TV requires a local satellite dish (which, I guess, isn't all 
that expensive anymore), and you have to build houses on stilts lest the warmth from 
the house melt the permafrost underneath and your house gradually disappears. But I 
could see how major centres such as Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary/Edmonton 
could (and probably will) get much larger than they already are. Vancouver's almost 
reached its limits imposed by geography: the border on the south (when you from White 
Rock to Bellingham it's like leaving the city for a small town); the city is expanding 
slowly up
the Fraser Valley, displacing fruit orchards, and there are hundreds of First Nations 
claims to deal with.

ObLDS: for a while, Sister Sparrow (can't remember her first name), was a chief of one 
of the Vancouver tribes, and was fairly prominent locally. She's active LDS.

Mark Gregson wrote:

> > in such a meagerly populated nation as yours? They might even outnumber
> > you!
> Is Canada a small country population-wise?
> I get bored and annoyed hearing about how "small" our population is.  Let's get the 
>facts straight.
> Populations of Some Countries (in millions)
> =============================
> 1.) China 1300
> 2.) India 1000
> 3.) United States 285
> (yes, that's right, the US has the world's third largest population.  That puts a 
>lot of things into perspective for me.)
> 4.) Indonesia 231
> 5.) Brazil 176
> 6.) Pakistan 147
> 7.) Russia 145
> 8.) Bangladesh 133
> 9.) Nigeria 130
> 10.) Japan 127
> So where is Canada in the great heap of nations?  There are 235 countries, more or 
>less - it gets tricky in some cases.

Yeah -- is Liechtenstein really a country? We consider it to be one, but it probably 
has less autonomy than, say, the Basque Region of Spain, or Quebec, or 
Texas....[Liechtensteiners use SFr and depend upon the Swiss Post for their mail. The 
Swiss control the border from Austria into Liechtenstein, it's not Liechtensteinian 
border officers. I don't think Liechtenstein even has a customs and immigration 

> 35.) Canada 31
> That puts Canada in the top 15% of all countries in the world by population.  So 
>Canada is not a small country by population; it is only small compared to the US who 
>just happens to be its nearest neighbour.
> (Have a look at this interesting graph of country by population size: 
> )
> Canada does have one of the lowest population densities in the world (about 224th) 
>at 3.36 people per square km.  Compare that with Bangladesh at 949 (12th) or the US 
>at 29.77 (172nd).
> Oh, and as an interesting side note, proven oil reserves have increased over the 
>past decade.  In other words, the world continues to use oil at a phenomenal rate (75 
>million barrels per day = about 28 billion barrels per year) and yet the amount left 
>over continues to _increase_ (from 1 trillion to 1.05 trillion in about ten years).  
>At this rate, we will never run out of oil but will rather have more and more all the 
>time.  A barrel is equal to 159 litres (42 gallons).  And the proven reserves do not 
>even include the Alberta Oil Sands which have more oil than the rest of the world put 
>together, one quarter of which is believed to be economically and technically 

"Proven oil reserves," as Mark knows, is a very precise term that does not include 
certain types of reserves. Our premier, affectionately known as Emir Ralph from the 
blue-eyed sheikdom of Oilberta, is fond of pointing out that in actual fact we have 
more oil reserves than all of Saudi Arabia, and at present prices it's very 
cost-effective to produce oil from the tar sands, and in fact, tar sands and "heavy 
oil" deposits currently account for almost half of Alberta's crude oil exports. We 
also export very large amounts of natural gas, to places from Chicago to San Francisco.

> (BTW, Gary, I'm laughing with your jokes here, so this wasn't an angry outburst 
>against this statement of yours.  I just found it an opportune moment to go off on a 

Another mathematical poke in the ribs, eh? Well, don't you know that's a sin? Of 
course, now you've got me doing it, so it's a cosin[e]. And if we exaggerate it, I 
guess we're performing hyperbolic functions (Help! get me out of this x^2 + y^2 = a!! 
Math puns are the negative root of all imaginary evil....)

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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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