Is Calgary, Canada in your stars after the U.S. election on November 8? According to The Loop, many Americans are contemplating a move to Canada if Donald Trump wins the presidential election. That is tantamount to throwing a serious shade at the Republican party nominee.
Besides, you and your family are celebrating the Fourth Of July today, too. Still, you may want to look ahead at your prospects even if it’s all speculation at this point. For seriously, you don’t want to be caught flat-footed when the presidential elections’ results come out after November 8. Also, you only have four months to plan a family or personal exodus to Canada, which is really pushing it.
If you are from USA, moving to Calgary, Canada is going to be a great option. Canada’s Cowtown is as country as Nashville. You will also be close to Stampede action during the summer. The Calgary Stampede is an annual event that showcases the best in country and cowboy living. Chances are you might have heard about it already, if not actually savored what is considered by organizers as the greatest outdoor show on Earth.
This year, the Calgary Stampede is going to be held from July 8 to 17. You might want to go to Calgary just for this spectacle if only to experience how you and your family will fit into a Calgary environment. Calgary is a small city but with a big heart. If you are used to big city living, you will immediately feel the difference when you move there.
Downtown is usually dead by 9 p.m. or even before that, a throwback from the early pioneer days of going to bed early. As Benjamin Franklin loved to say, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
The bars are usually still open until around 2 a.m. but shopping malls, fast food restaurants, and coffee shops are normally closed by 9 p.m.
Calgary used to be a prosperous city when gas prices were higher, but not anymore. In fact, the whole province of Alberta is on the verge of becoming a “have not” province. In Alberta’s days of glorious past, the province would dole out money to other provinces in the Canadian confederation.
Still, there are silver linings in this Canadian city’s horizon. Taxes in Calgary and the rest of the province have always been the lowest in Canada. It’s only five percent while the rest of Canada is usually taxed between 11 to 13 percent. Just imagine what that will do to your traditional shopping at a Walmart Canada superstore. Well, you win. All of a sudden you will find yourself able to afford so much more from your hard-earned cash.
This is why according to Huffington Post, Calgarians and other Albertans are among the most indebted people in Canada. Calgarians love to splurge and indulge in restaurant dinners because of the tax freedom they are getting. So consider this a cautionary tale. Don’t let low taxes lower your defenses against buying unnecessary stuff.
You may want to consider working hard and spending less to grow your savings and your fortune in this part of Canada. Lucky for you, there are a lot of jobs in Calgary. Most couples usually have two jobs each. Even better, Calgary offers the highest minimum wage in Canada: $12.20 Canadian dollars per hour which translates to $9.46 U.S. according to Metro.
Calgary currently has a moderate socialist government that aims to raise the minimum wage ultimately to $15 Canadian dollars. It is also decisively running a deficit, and hence would rather spend in order to salvage valuable government services. And as in most Canadian provinces, you get a free health card so you and your children do not need to spend on your medical bills.
This smacks of ObamaCare, but a mature one at that. It has been around for like forever.
An added perk of moving to Calgary, Canada from the U.S. is that you will only be two hours away by car from the Rocky Mountains. That means you can spend as much time as you want in Canmore, Banff, and Lake Louise. The disadvantage? Being close to the big mountains means that the weather here is the most unpredictable in Canada. As a result, weather reporters rarely make the right forecast.
So how about that? Moving to Canada and setting down in Calgary, AKA Cowtown brings you close to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. That means you can commune with nature as much as you can. You also get to pay lesser taxes so you will fall in love with shopping again. Best of all, living in Calgary means that you can wear a cowboy hat all year round because doing so never goes out of fashion in this part of Canada.
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