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Continuing to buck past notions of being a highly protectionist country, as of 2011, Canada has one of the lowest average tariff rates in the world.

The conservative Heritage Foundation ranked Canada as having the 9th lowest average tariff rate out of 183 countries, at 1%. Its southern neighbour, the United States, was ranked in 44th place, with an 80% higher tariff rate, and just slightly lower than Mexico’s, in 45th place.

Other notable countries are Hong Kong, Libya, Macau, Singapore and Switzerland, with a 0% average tariff rate.

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My recent correspondence with a prominent member of the liberty community on the H1N1 flu scam:

“You mentioned some H1N1 CDC statistics you had come across in December of last year.

You mentioned their claim of 12,000 H1N1 deaths in the U.S., and that is confirmed in their document here.

Then, you mentioned 0.8 per 100,000 deaths from H1N1 in the entire U.S., which would be approximately 2400 deaths, as you mentioned.

However, the only reference to that number that I came across in their documents is 0.8 per 100,000 deaths among whites who contracted H1N1, as you can see here, so if that was the statistic you saw then, their statistic of 12,000 deaths is possible.

As for those numbers, they are estimates, and the CDC says that 12,000 deaths is the midpoint between 8870 and 18,300, which is a variance of over 100%.

If the WHO’s numbers are also an estimate and have similar variance, then we could be talking as few as 8870 deaths in the U.S., and as many as 27,000 worldwide, dropping the ratio of U.S. deaths from 67% to 32%. Given that the cases emanated out of North America, specifically Mexico and the U.S. Southwest, and that the CDC reports a death rate 75% higher for Hispanics than whites, the seemingly outlandish number of 67% of all H1N1 deaths becomes less outlandish.

And as much as I don’t trust the CDC, I trust the WHO even less, given that they are further away from national and subnational control by the people, and that their founder was a eugenicist.”

Since then, I found that the WHO’s numbers are an actual count and not an estimate. They confirmed this on¬†February 24, 2010:

The global impact of the current pandemic has not yet been estimated. Typically, the numbers of deaths from seasonal influenza or past pandemics are estimated using statistical models.

By contrast, the currently reported counts of over 16,000 deaths from pandemic H1N1 represent individually tested and confirmed deaths, primarily reported from countries with adequate resources for widespread laboratory testing.

However, they make the seemingly bizarre claim that an estimate is better than an actual count:

This approach has never been used to count seasonal or previous pandemic deaths and results in a significant underestimate.

A more accurate assessment of mortality from the pandemic, using statistical models, will likely be possible in about one to two years.

Therefore, it seems reasonable to me that their latest count of around 18,000 deaths could be between 27,000 to 36,000 with their forthcoming estimate, bringing the ratio of estimated U.S. deaths to as low as 24 to 32% of all estimated deaths worldwide.

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On July 12, 2010, Dr. Stan Monteith featured a discussion on illegal immigration and mentioned Canada’s temporary worker program for agricultural workers from Mexico and Latin America, like the system the U.S. had back in the 1960s.

Minimum wage is now $10.25 an hour in Canada’s largest province, Ontario, where most of the workers work, and with a 96 cent Canadian dollar, vis-a-vis the USD, it doesn’t seem to put their farmers at an economic disadvantage.

Previously, I wrote about Australia’s minimum wage of $15 an hour, which is more than double the U.S. federal minimum wage, and that didn’t stop the conservative Heritage Foundation from ranking Australia as more economically free than the U.S. Both countries even compared very closely on the metrics that are most relevant to business freedom and wages.

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Big Four accounting firm, KPMG, released their “Competitiveness Alternatives 2010, Special Report: Focus on Tax” that ranks Canada as the second-most tax friendly country for business out of 10. They are: Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Italy, Japan and France.

In 2008, Canada was ranked third, while the U.S. was ranked fifth.

This report follows the conservative Heritage Foundation’s 2010 Index of Economic Freedom report,¬†ranking of Canada as more economically free than the United States, and is further confirmation of the pro-business climate in Canada today.

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According to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook Database, October 2009, NAFTA (United States., Canada, Mexico) regained the distinction of being the largest trading bloc in the world for 2009 by nominal and PPP GDP, and is projected to stay that way until at least 2014.

NAFTA: $16.451 trillion USD by nominal GDP and $17.279 trillion USD by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)
EU: $16.190 trillion USD by nominal GDP and $14.851 trillion USD by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)

This, despite the EU having a larger estimated population in July 2009 of 491,582,852 with the NAFTA-member countries at a population of 451,911,120.

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