I live in the Maritimes, I'm unemployed and I'm broke. I'm about to lose my car, my TV, my computer and my dignity.
Or, next week I could be earning 60 grand a year somewhere in the prairies.
The choice is obvious. As soon as I hear the words, I'm gone. What ever doesn't fit in the car will be at the curb. Or I'll have an "Alberta sale" to pay for the gas.
Poverty sucks. Never again. How did this happen? How did Alberta become my potential savior? I guess a couple of bad career moves on my part. Maybe one too many pleasure trips I couldn't really afford. A really bad investment in Corel way back when. At least I have my health. And at least I CAN move to Alberta. No visa required.
The USA is right next door. Like a five minute walk from where I live. No, Madawaska, Maine, could not end my poverty. In fact, the good people of Madawaska are in a bad shape financially. If there are any Americans reading this, you can buy a house in up-state Maine for about $25,000. A cheap place to live if you can afford it.
Florida has plenty of jobs in my field. As a professional I can work there temporarily under NAFTA, but not permanently. I'd rather live in Florida than Alberta. I'd rather live in North Carolina or Virginia. Those places are growing to. Those places are much closer to where I live. But they are in a different country. Unlike New Zealand and Australia, Norway and Sweden and unlike most of the European Union, Canada and the USA don't have a mobility agreement, other than the very limited provisions of NAFTA.
So the unemployed of Montana can't drive up the road to Calgary to work. And I can't drive down I-95 to do the same. I have to go to the other side of the freaking continent. Alberta is closer to Mexico than to New Brunswick! The Province of New Brunswick is significantly closer to Florida than to Alberta!
Poverty sucks, but so does distance.