diluvienne: (molecular biology)
What I am gonna express here applies for sure to Quebec, but may apply to Canada as well. If the hat fits... I have nothing to do with that type of political crap.

Thinking about how things are being taken here for educated people makes me angry actually. You know, when educated people have a hard time to stay employed and if they are, they do so at such a low salary, it makes me wonder, is Quebec aiming for mediocrity?
Master of Science
Master of Science
Originally uploaded by diluvienne.


Quebec treats educated people really badly. Ever heard about the exode of the brains (exode des cerveaux)? You know, it is all those doctors, Masters and Ph.Ds leaving the province for US or elsewhere where they'll be recognized with respect, after having the opportunity to be educated on the Quebec Government's arm at a cheaper fee than anywhere else, because of Quebecois taxes. Well, guess what, I'll do it, and without a hint of shame.

What I do can save people's life. It is important, there is a need for it. It is specialised (hell, the regular folk cannot just go and operate a chromatograph, design a new way to purify an antigen from a strain of pandemic influenza or studying HIV drug resistance mutation patterns, the subject of my thesis). I have a Masters from a recognised and internationally renowned university, but my situation is not rewarding and on the top of that, precarious (being somewhat over-educated). Considering the Quebec market in my field, I should have done a DEC and remained a tech. Quebec doesn't know what to do with the brains they produce and cannot pay them rightly. Hence why they go. Hell, when a not so old secretary at Hydro-Quebec earns more than I do, it makes me wonder why the hell am I not in some places where they'll value my possibilities!

HIV research
HIV research
Originally uploaded by diluvienne.

There are 4-5 universities in the general Montreal area. Hell, Montreal could really be a super powerful brainiac region, but we are too (yes, I'll dare to say it) loosers to really be ambitious. Yes, I go again bashing my own kind, but it is true, Quebecois, we are wussies. We are scared of success, of being assertive. We could do so much more with our knowledge, but instead we'll let those people leave.

So be it. I had to accumulate an awful sum of debt to reach this level of education (and I am still paying god dammit), so I don't consider it a given from my dear Government of Quebec. And to think that I could earn twice more in Europe, and that is before the exchange rate (1€ = 1.51 $ CAN), makes it so tempting, don't you think?

And the beauty in this is that I will leave out of pure strong attraction to England. Being a cheap labour here made it feel like I don't have much to lose by going, even if it is for one of the most expensive places in the world.
diluvienne: (molecular biology)
What I am gonna express here applies for sure to Quebec, but may apply to Canada as well. If the hat fits... I have nothing to do with that type of political crap.

Thinking about how things are being taken here for educated people makes me angry actually. You know, when educated people have a hard time to stay employed and if they are, they do so at such a low salary, it makes me wonder, is Quebec aiming for mediocrity?
Master of Science
Master of Science
Originally uploaded by diluvienne.


Quebec treats educated people really badly. Ever heard about the exode of the brains (exode des cerveaux)? You know, it is all those doctors, Masters and Ph.Ds leaving the province for US or elsewhere where they'll be recognized with respect, after having the opportunity to be educated on the Quebec Government's arm at a cheaper fee than anywhere else, because of Quebecois taxes. Well, guess what, I'll do it, and without a hint of shame.

What I do can save people's life. It is important, there is a need for it. It is specialised (hell, the regular folk cannot just go and operate a chromatograph, design a new way to purify an antigen from a strain of pandemic influenza or studying HIV drug resistance mutation patterns, the subject of my thesis). I have a Masters from a recognised and internationally renowned university, but my situation is not rewarding and on the top of that, precarious (being somewhat over-educated). Considering the Quebec market in my field, I should have done a DEC and remained a tech. Quebec doesn't know what to do with the brains they produce and cannot pay them rightly. Hence why they go. Hell, when a not so old secretary at Hydro-Quebec earns more than I do, it makes me wonder why the hell am I not in some places where they'll value my possibilities!

HIV research
HIV research
Originally uploaded by diluvienne.

There are 4-5 universities in the general Montreal area. Hell, Montreal could really be a super powerful brainiac region, but we are too (yes, I'll dare to say it) loosers to really be ambitious. Yes, I go again bashing my own kind, but it is true, Quebecois, we are wussies. We are scared of success, of being assertive. We could do so much more with our knowledge, but instead we'll let those people leave.

So be it. I had to accumulate an awful sum of debt to reach this level of education (and I am still paying god dammit), so I don't consider it a given from my dear Government of Quebec. And to think that I could earn twice more in Europe, and that is before the exchange rate (1€ = 1.51 $ CAN), makes it so tempting, don't you think?

And the beauty in this is that I will leave out of pure strong attraction to England. Being a cheap labour here made it feel like I don't have much to lose by going, even if it is for one of the most expensive places in the world.

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