No. There's an adage in developing countries, which is that in order to own your infrastructure you need to develop it yourself. Relying on experts from other countries without your own local knowledge base leaves you hostage come maintenance and expansion time. China learned this the hard way after the Sino-Soviet split, and this is also one of the points used by opponents of China to attack their Belt and Road initiative.cybercavalier wrote: ↑ So given the contemporary situations, Canada could secure SOME from the US to establish SOME manufacture infrastructure for some products? Then diversify to global network of third or above industries to bring in population, logistics, infrastructure, the knowledge and the money to build assets.... that include immigration and real estate, although the latter two are sideshows of the big picture.
I think you're underestimating the calculating nature of foreign governments and corporations. If America wants to assist in the building of infrastructure in other nations so that it can have a source of cheap goods, then it will definitely strive to maintain ownership of that infrastructure. A prime example is Canada's auto sector, previously comprised of mostly Canadian branches of US manufacturers, and now mostly Canadian branches of global manufacturers. Part of the industry - tooling, production (note the Americans have never shared their advanced knowledge with us) - have since moved to Mexico, and neither the Canadian government nor corporations were significant influencers in preventing this decision. Developing economies like Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan had already laid down the ground work for more advanced infrastructure through education and strategic investments when American companies came knocking on the door, and so were better able to chart their own course when their own industries started being off-shored.
There's also the need to justify time and potential. The above mentioned countries saw their own potential and bet on it hard. Everyone in that part of the world wanted a piece of the American pie as it was the quickest way out of post-WWII poverty and obscurity. They didn't see it as a chicken-and-egg problem, but rather a do-or-die decision. If Canada wants to invest money and resources over a long period to develop an industry and workforce, the potential has to be great enough, or the country has to be desperate enough. Right now the cost of labour, red tape, and conflict with our natural resources sector is preventing this from even getting off the ground, and our non-immigrant population growth can't compete with developing economies. Immigration may help, but cultural integration remains an obstacle, whether the problem lies with the locals or the newcomers. Are we as a people desperate enough to take manufacturing jobs, and would getting manufacturing jobs be better than anything we have right now? That we don't have an unequivocal answer means there's no potential within us to attract the foreign investment needed to jump-start manufacturing on our own terms.