Richard Saillant at MUN for Visiting Speaker Series

Memorial University, A2065, Arts and Administration Building

230 Elizabeth Avenue, St. John’s NL

Richard Saillant will be at Memorial University for their Visiting Speaker Series entitled: Newfoundland and Labrador in the Age of the Great Demographic Imbalance

Population aging is hardly a new topic—Canadians have been told for decades their country is aging fast. What they are only beginning to realize, however, is how unevenly Canada’s regions are doing so. This phenomenon, which Richard Saillant calls the Great Demographic Imbalance, is similarly nothing new; it has been with us for half a century. Yet until recently, few people had noticed it.

It can no longer be ignored. The Great Demographic Imbalance is producing two Canadas: one that can likely sustain the status quo despite feeling the pinch of demographics, and another in which provincial governments could be stuck between the financial abyss and the politically suicidal prospect of turning their residents into second-class citizens.

As Canada’s oldest, fastest-aging province, Newfoundland and Labrador will be the hardest hit by the Great Demographic Imbalance. Drawing from his new book, A Tale of Two Countries, Richard Saillant will explain how the Great Demographic Imbalance will result in slower growth and stronger pressures on the public purse in Newfoundland and Labrador than anywhere else in the country. He will also propose a path forward for ensuring Canada’s Great Demographic Imbalance does not lead to the balkanization of the welfare state in Canada.

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