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by Daniel Gloade on September 9, 2013

There is a good recent article in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record.  You can find it at  In essence, the article states that approximately ½ of graduates want to start their own business in the future.  This is encouraging news.

In the 80’s my high school economics teacher lectured us as to why Canada was failing.  He said that Canadians lacked an entrepreneurial spirit and wanted a cushy job until retirement instead.  I don’t know if my teacher’s criticism was accurate then.  It is certainly inaccurate now.

My generation had to deal with many financial upheavals.  I was a child when Canada was in a period of stagflation.  I remember the upheaval and concern arising from the Canada/U.S. Free Trade Deal.  I survived a recession in the early 90’s and the cost-cutting of the Liberal Government in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.  In my opinion, Canadians rose to the occasion and handled these problems with relative prudence.  I believe that Canadians have done a good job in positioning our country in a globally competitive world.

That is why I don’t take much credence of articles that allege that the younger generation are lazy, narcissistic or fail to have marketable skills.  There are always complaints that the younger generation are not as praiseworthy as previous generations. This allegation has been made since the beginning of time.  I think that people are similar throughout history.  If they have a shortfall then it is because they have been shaped by their circumstances.  Similarly, they will soon acquire the character and skills necessary because I believe all people strive to live productive and meaningful lives.

Sorry that I am “preachy” today, but that is how I feel.

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