Canada’s accidental brain drain

Adam Crymble, University Affairs, Jan 26, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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According to this article, "Canada has relied upon its supposedly self-evident and enduring allure to bring expats back," it is losing too many of its best and brightest, and "ending the brain drain should be a priority for the federal minister of innovation." I don't agree. First of all, many if not most of the Canadians who remain are (ahem) also its best and brightest. It's not like those who immigrated or who remained here are somehow not good enough. Second, it is natural and valuable for the flow of students and academics to be two-way, bringing in expertise from abroad and exporting the Canadian perspective in return. Just as we welcome those who arrive here from elsewhere, we should enthusiastically wish the best for those who decide to leave.

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