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Here's how much Canadians love to buy Florida homes
 Sarah Aslam, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal, Aug 21, 2017

While we've been distracted by Canada's Hollywood exports in the form of Ryan Gosling and Ryan Reynolds, investors from the North have been busy snapping up homes in the U.S.

Canadians retained their spot as the No. 2 international investors in U.S.  property, with Florida coming in as the most popular state among this  investor group, according to the 2017 National Association of Realtors‚Ä™  International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate Report.

Despite the weak Canadian dollar, (one  Canadian dollar will get you 79 U.S. cents) Canadians remain key  homebuyers. Of the nearly $20 billion in U.S. real estate purchases, $7  billion were in Florida alone. Other popular states include Texas,  California, New Jersey and Arizona.

Canadians have more than doubled their spending on U.S. properties. Between April 2016-March 2017, Canadians spent $19 billion on U.S. real estate, up  from $8.9 billion the previous year.

In Canada, house prices rose by 10 percent in 2016, compared to 5 percent  in the U.S. In particular, Vancouver housing prices rose sharply over  the past year by 17 percent. The U.S. housing market saw modest price  growth compared to Canada‚Ä™s housing markets, which may have played a  role in increased spending on U.S. properties.

(https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2017/08/21/heres-how-much-canadians-love-to-buyflorida-homes.ht ml?ana=e_me_set3&s=newsletter&ed=2017-08-21&u=qHeD5fTcdNCAgAA3r4AFveQtGi&t=1503323697&j=7872 5451)


2017 Best Countries Report
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/overall-full-list

Best Countries is a rankings, news and analysis project created to capture how countries are perceived on a global scale. The rankings evaluate 80 countries across 24 rankings drawn from a survey of more than 21,000 global citizens, measuring 75 dimensions that have the  potential to drive trade, travel and investment and directly affect national economies. {U.S. News in partnership with Y&R's BAV and Wharton}

Overall

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Germany
  5. Japan
  6. Sweden
  7. United States
  8. Australia
  9. France
  10. Norway

To Headquarter a Corporation

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. Australia

Most Powerful

  1. United States
  2. Russia
  3. China

For Education

  1. Canada
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Germany


Canada's Ambassador to the United States
 Presents His Credentials to President Obama

Washington, DC (March 7, 2016) Canada's Ambassador to the United States of  America, Mr. David MacNaughton, presented his credentials to President  Obama on March 3, 2016.

"I am honoured to have presented my credentials to President Obama and  to have shared this special moment with my family. I look forward to  advancing our shared priorities and celebrating later this week when  Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, arrives in Washington, DC for  an official visit."

As a seasoned entrepreneur and political strategist, Mr. MacNaughton  brings a unique set of skills and experiences to his new role as Ambassador.

In the 1980s, Mr. MacNaughton transformed the public affairs industry by building an organization that comprised government relations, public  opinion research and public relations. After selling his business in  1989, Mr. MacNaughton became President of Canada's largest government  and public relations firm and subsequently North American President of  the world's largest public relations firm. From 1995 until 2003, Mr.  MacNaughton was President of Strathshore Financial and was an advisor to one of Canada's leading investment banks.

Mr. MacNaughton's public sector experience includes work at both the  federal and provincial levels, including as advisor to the Minister at  the Departments of Transport, Industry and Foreign Affairs. He was  principal secretary to the Premier of Ontario from 2003 to 2005 and the  Chairman of StrategyCorp from 2005 until his appointment.

Active in community affairs, Mr. MacNaughton has served on the boards of the North York General Hospital, the Stratford Festival, the National  Ski Academy, TV Ontario, the Toronto French School and the Toronto  International Film Festival.

(Source: Connect2Canada <connect2canada@canadianembassy.org>  Tuesday, 8 Mar 2016)


Canada appoints new Consul General to Miami
 Ottawa Citizen Published on: January 17, 2016

Global Affairs Canada announced the appointment of veteran diplomat Susan Harper, 62, to the post Saturday. She  replaces Louise Leger, who had been interim consul general in Miami since last April.

Harper, who joined External Affairs Canada in 1983, held trade positions in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, and in Paris and Buenos Aires before becoming Canada's ambassador to Uruguay in 2001.

She has also held a position at the Embassy of Canada in Washington  and most recently was director general and senior arctic official at Global Affairs Canada's Ottawa headquarters.


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