Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Elections Day, Bioinformatics and Immigration

Elections Day in the USA... MY GOD its a complicated process! Up here in Canada we vote for our deputy... and thats it. They vote for their president, senator, governor, house representative, a few state-dependant bills... by punch card, electronic voting booth... Honestly, I'm looking at the various maps on CNN.com, and I wouldn't have a clue if I had to explain the whole system. Canada 1, USA 0!

Important stuff aside, it seems that the province of Quebec wants to develop its (economic) relations with India, especially in the bioinformatics area. The article state an obvious barrier : Indians can speak English (not fluently, but oh well; personal judgment, from most indians posters in bioinformatics boards), but can they speak French fluently? Immigration laws in Quebec favorise (by far) french speakers with a good skill set; for this reason, most Indians coming in Canada choose Toronto or Vancouver. Even if they wanted to come here, quite frankly, I don't know what to think about it. Wouldn't be more productive to exploit the pool of non-working IT workers (coming from the dotcom era) up here than to go fetch some across the globe? Globalization they say... I'm not sure its a good thing in the long term.

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