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Thursday, March 27, 2008

And the winner is...

Which province boasted the strongest growth in population during the last three months of 2007? According to a Statistics Canada report made public today the province is -- wait for it -- none other than the formerly shrinking basketcase of Saskatchewan.

"Its population has been in constant growth since April 2006, when it hit a 25-year low of 986,900," StatsCan notes in addition to confirming that the number of Saskabushers is now well in excess of one million.

What a final quarter year it was for the province: First, it finally dumped its NDP government. Then its beloved Roughriders won the Grey Cup. And then it topped the country in population growth.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on March 27, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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Let's see, we take a place with 50 people and add 25 people, that's 50% growth.

We take a place with 500 people, add 100 people, that's only 20% growth.

Which place grew more?

Posted by: Speller | 2008-03-27 5:03:37 PM

Figures don't lie, but liars figure.

Posted by: dewp | 2008-03-27 7:42:03 PM

Sask's growth, according to StatsCan was 0.01% higher than Alberta's population growth.

From Alberta Government website:
>"As of April 1, 2007, Alberta's population is estimated to be 3,455,062. This represents a yearly increase of approximately 102,800 persons (or 3.07%) for the twelve
months ending April 1, 2007."

Let's take StatsCan at it's word.
>"Saskatchewan's population was estimated at 1,006,600, up by 3,300, a growth of 0.33%."

Who really has more growth?
Is growth a percentage of population or is growth actual numbers of people?
(ex. 25 people is more than 5 people)

StatsCan gives us the actual number of people the Saskatchewan population increased by, but neglects giving actual numbers for any other province.

Saskatchewan is said to have a population increase of 0.33%(3,300 people) and Alberta is said to have an increase of 0.32% with a population of 3,455,062, that is an increase in Alberta of a mere 11,056 people over the last year.*

That is a sharp drop from a year earlier when Alberta's growth was 10X as many people as StatsCan says came in the last year,(and I'd say such a drop was incredible, as in "not credible") but still, 11K people is more than 3.3K people.


*housing prices in Alberta have dropped slightly and leveled off but don't reflect the kind of growth slow-down that StatsCan claims

Posted by: Speller | 2008-03-28 12:53:15 AM

Let's take StatsCan at it's word.
>"Saskatchewan's population was estimated at 1,006,600, up by 3,300, a growth of 0.33%."
Posted by: Speller | 28-Mar-08 12:53:15 AM

If Saskatchewan's population is in fact 1,006,600 then it has just returned to the level it was in 2001.

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-03-28 9:34:41 AM

Despite the use of that number, living in Saskatoon you can see the incredible and probably unprecedented growth...lose the NDP and all hell breaks loose! I hope that this place continues to haul itself up, and I'll be sticking around to help out. Working that is.

Posted by: pongo | 2008-03-29 10:19:37 AM

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