Instead of an exodus, Atlantic Canada needs a population infusion. The region needs to attract tens of thousands of young workers (immigrants and migrants) over the next 20 years just to meet emerging labour market needs. In addition, the economies in the region need to grow to ensure they have the fiscal capacity to fund public services.
I agree. Domestically, moving to Alberta or Saskatchewan makes sense. Globally, funneling Canada's immigration to the population challenged is a smart move.
Make Halifax the gateway and encourage more internal geographic mobility. New Brunswick is short of immigrants. The Prairie Provinces command migrants. Don't cut off one leg to save the other.