My final week at AIMS was a true summary of the 5 preceding it. From more fireworks and multiple barbecues catching up with all of the amazing people I had met along the way, to another frantically busy week in the AIMS office.
It’s hard to believe that I have been in Canada since June – the time has absolutely flown by. I’ve learnt so much and have been provided copious lasting memories and experiences. I feel my time in Canada was made all the better by the warmth and generosity extended to me by everyone with whom I crossed paths.
My last week was already off to a good start, with Monday being a public holiday for Natal Day; the anniversary of Nova Scotias founding. I was busy finishing off research projects I had begun the week before, and making final edits to an article I had written titled, The Case For Lower Business Taxes. The article touched on how fortuitous Canadian provinces were in being able to adjust their fiscal policies and tax rates independently of the federal government. Unlike Australia, however similar to the USA, Canadian provinces and territories set all their own tax rates; from consumption tax, to personal and corporate income. This offers them the perfect opportunity to create economic environments conducive to growth and prosperity, especially in relation to their neighbours.
With this blog to be my last, I would like to thank Marco and all the fine folks at AIMS for hosting me in such a kind manner. The patience, understanding, and willingness to share knowledge and experience ensured my internship would leave a lasting impression.
Finally, I would like to thank Ron Manners, Paul McCarthy, and all of the wonderful staff at Mannkal. Without them, the opportunity to both travel overseas and grow intellectually, with a broadened scope of knowledge both politically and economically, would never have happened.
As I sit in my hostel room in New York, gazing inquisitively at the flurry of passers-by, I am reminded of just how fortunate and appreciative I am to have been given this opportunity… Thank you Mannkal.