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Suburban Nation?

Census data released this month suggests that Canada’s population is surging towards the suburbs. In The Walrus’s November 2005 cover story, “Suburbia’s Last Stand,” Larry Frolick explored how Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region will deal with the population influx.

The National Post’s Joseph Brean greeted the census data with a consideration of the fact that almost two-thirds of the country’s population growth comes from immigration, a trend that looks set to continue. Pollster and pundit Allan Gregg considered what Canada’s multiculturalism policies will mean in the twenty-first century in his March 2006 cover story, “Identity Crisis.”

Do you think this census data suggests that the character of the country is shifting? What does the rural exodus and the increasingly urban/suburban/exurban distribution of our population mean for Canada? Are we becoming a confederation of city-states?

The floor is yours…