martinibuster - 9:11 am on Aug 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
the SF Bay Area in the US is by far, hands down, the best place to immigrate
It's great if you don't have children or they're grown and not an expense. It's expensive to raise kids here. I appreciate the diversity of cultural experiences and other recreational opportunities, but I think it's fair to be realistic and note that it's very expensive to live out here.
Re access to healthcare and low taxes, I may be wrong but I always thought that "access to free or low-cost healthcare" is in opposition to "low or average taxes." Someone has to pay for that health insurance, the money has to come from somewhere. It's either going to come from high taxes on income or sales or it's going to come out of your nose when paying health insurance premiums yourself.
In Canada it costs around $21 US Dollars for a six pack of beer. JUST a six pack. How is that webmaster friendly? LP
From wikipedia (FWIW):
A great bulk of the retail price of cigarettes and alcohol are excise taxes... Canada has some of the highest rates of taxes on cigarettes and alcohol in the world.