Monday, March 31, 2014

Sikh Immigrants Become Truckers, Drive Down Industry Wages, Then Protest Driving Down Wages.

Is there a word for "irony" in Punjabi?

The same thing is afoot here in southern Ontario.

If you need an example of immigrants lowering the living standards of Canadians look no further than Sikhs in trucking.

This is a modern example of why Canada had a head-tax in its past which reminds me; we need another head-tax.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Why Doesn't The Canadian Labour Congress Push For Less Immigration?

14.2%, 27.7%, and 40%. These are the respective real unemployment numbers nationally, for the nation's youth, and for recently arrived immigrants/aboriginal youth combined if underemployment is to be factored in. This is according to a Canadian Labour Congress report. These figures are double the official rates that come out of Ottawa.

Also noteworthy is that 72% of new net job created between 2008 and 2013 can be classified as precarious work. This is an employment situation affecting half of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Hamilton, ON workers. (Incidentally, Toronto and Hamilton city councils voted to make their cities "sanctuary cities.")

Of the demands the CLC is seeking; better reporting of the underemployed, better counting of the underemployed, and official acknowledgement of the numbers of Canadians economically struggling; the CLC fails without surprise to acknowledge that immigration is also a problem and prime contributor to the precarious workforce. If the CLC is sincere in it's concern for the economic well being of working Canadians it should question the government's rational for continuing a mass immigration program when underemployment figures are so high.

And young Canadians need to smarten up. Being forced into precarious work, especially at a young age, can have a lasting impact on an individual's working life. With a real unemployment rate at 27.7%, it's odd how they can be so supportive of immigration when it's not in their interests to do so. But then again they did have to suffer through years of being indoctrinated to the orthodoxies of the state's official religion in the nation's public school system. Perhaps some time in the real world will open their eyes but by that time it may be too late.

Related.
There are now 6.3 unemployed people per job vacancy, up from 5.7 unemployed people per vacancy a year earlier, StatsCan’s data shows. The number of unemployed people has stayed stable, at 1.2 million, over the past year, but the number of jobs available has shrunk, causing the ratio to go up.
Even in Alberta and Saskatchewan, the number of job-seekers per job is increasing. There were 2.4 job-seekers per job in Saskatchewan in December, up from 2.1 in August, 2012. In Alberta, there were 2.3 job-seekers, up from 1.7 in August, 2012.
The skills shortage and the labour shortage are myths.  We don't need more immigrants.  Not now and not for years to come if we ever needed that many at all.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Chinese Millionaires Crying Over The Loss Of The 'Screw Over Canadian Tax-Payers' Investor Program.

Aw, poor babies! Don't excuse me while I don't shed a tear for them. Because I don't care if you would or not. And it seems little compassion is being sent their way in the comments as well. Here too.

It can't be said enough why the "investor class" immigration stream was eventually deep-sixed. It was because these wealthy "investors", mostly from China, paid little in taxes, couldn't bother themselves to learn English or French, and were less likely to physically reside in Canada (which would explain their poor proficiency in either official language). They came to Canada to parasitically take advantage of our tax-payer funded social programs while paying as little taxes in Canada to support them. Who needs these people?!

It's debatable whether these "investors" benefited Canada at all. It's likely these wealthy immigrants reaped most of the benefits by having their health-care and education needs subsidized by Canadians thus freeing up funds so they can buy imported luxury items designed and made elsewhere. It's a case of the Canadian poor and middle-class subsidizing the lavish lifestyles of China's globe-trotting, parasitic rich.

If any benefits were had I'm sure it would be undone by the damage they have caused to the lives of Canadians by helping propel Canadian real-estate prices into stratosphere territory with the attendant economic dangers that come with bubble real-estate markets. Not to mention littering our city skylines with eyesore condo projects that have "made in China" written all over them (cheaply built, overpriced walk-in closets).

The flattering language and ego stroking they use in the article to pander to Canadians sensibilities is insulting in light of the behaviour of their "investor class" colleagues. Spare us!

Their motives are, and always were, selfish. They had no intention of contributing to or integrating into Canadian society. Canada was a place to park and launder their money while having us pay for the education of their children and care for their elderly. One has to wonder why one of the most tax averse people on the planet had such strong desires to move to a high tax regime like Canada in the first place if they didn't know of ways to game the system.

Good riddance and get lost! Try Singapore. I'm sure they'll love you there.

Ultimately the blame lies with Canada for implementing a program that witnessed fraud from the get-go and didn't do anything about it until now. We created and allowed the continuance of a program where wealthy individuals could practically buy Canadian citizenship and the benefits that go with it. And then eventually foot the bill to Canadian tax-payers. Who wouldn't take advantage of that? These people are opportunists pursuing their self-interest and Canada gave them an opportunity to maximize their benefits while minimizing their costs. It's our fault and while the scorn directed at the "investor class" is warranted it should really be directed at ourselves, more particularly those in power who created it and let it continue for so long.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Number of 'new Canadians' Up, Middle Class Down.

That's it Mr. Alexander. Just keep shoveling them in.

We'll just throw this surplus mass of warm bodies onto the growing pile of the disappearing middle class like we've been doing for years now.

Just bare in mind those making these decisions are sheltered from the economic consequences of mass immigration the rest of us have to put up with. Indeed, many of them benefit from it. They only know the middle-class is struggling because they hear about it, not because they are experiencing it.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hope You Have Better Luck With Your Immigrants Western Canada 'Cause They Didn't Help Ontario Much.

Oh no!

It looks like the job growth immigrants didn't bring to Ontario are not going to bring it out west either. Or anywhere in Canada.

Immigrants don't create jobs, they take them. They follow where the job growth is, they don't lead it.

Job growth arises due to investment from the public and private sectors in the face of opportunity or necessity. You can have immigration up the wazoo but a large and growing population in and of itself isn't enough to create jobs when proper investment from public and private sources is lacking. It's very real, as is the case for Toronto, that population growth can exceed job growth. To continue down that road is to sow the seeds of social unrest.

In any case, it's good to hear immigrants are ditching Ontario for oil soaked pastures out west. Toronto's full and the rolling hills and fertile soil of pastoral southern Ontario are too precious to sacrifice to the false gods of mass immigration and multiculturalism. It's time more provinces share the mass immigration burden. And hopefully as more Canadians are exposed to the unpleasant realities of the mass immigration system the more inclined they will be to pressure the government to enact changes to the system that benefit Canada and Canadians instead of letting it remain a tool to drive down incomes, deliver suckers to the economically dubious FIRE sector, and curry favour with ethic vote blocs.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Whites Reduced To 37% of Toronto's Population By 2031.

Remember, it's population growth not population replacement.

The question arises: are white Torontonians supportive of the immigration system now knowing that the inevitable outcome of it would be the reduction of its historic, traditional white population to a mere 37% by 2031 and steadily deceasing after that?

I doubt it.

Oh well, at least it will help them relate better to the native population becoming, in a sense, the new natives. The main difference being Canada's indigenous population had colonialism imposed on them where whites invited it, having failed to learn from history and thus becoming the colonized by their own hands and stupidity.

I guess they deserve it.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fake Sri Lankan Tamil Persecution Story Turns Out To Be Fake.

Well not necessarily fake. Mostly an exaggeration but more on that later.

So it's a new post for a new year but the "same old, same old" from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

ImmigrationWatchCanada.org has the following pic posted on their Facebook wall and it deserves to be circulated.



It sums up nicely the unspoken costs the immigration system imposes on Canadians. I will also add the environmental costs such as loss of arable land due to urban sprawl and loss of green spaces in our urban centers. This is to say nothing of gridlock, higher density, and the overall lowering of the collective quality of life in the nation's major cities that mass immigration brings with it. The alleged benefits of the immigration system don't nearly cover the costs it demands and creates.

Fun fact: Toronto's jobless rate is second highest in the nation after St. Catherines, ON. Here's the pertinent paragraph from the linked story:
Big cities also attract more young people and recent immigrants, who tend to have higher unemployment rates. As a result, Toronto’s population growth is outstripping its ability to create jobs.
So it is possible to grow your population beyond its capacity to create jobs. Who knew? But immigration is supposed to increase economic activity and by implication create jobs, or so we're told. I guess all those immigrants enriching Toronto with their colourful cultures and unique languages forgot to bring the job growth with them.

Related: youth unemployment in Ontario rivals the unemployment rate in the rust-belt states. That helps explain why Ontario's lame duck premier, Kathleen Wynn, (forced onto Ontario voters by her party on the identity politics card) bought 1,700 jobs from Cisco Systems for $220 million of taxpayer money.

Fun fact: retail is the biggest employer in Canada. That being so why do we need the wold's best and brightest again?

Speaking of which Ottawa plans to double the number of foreign students to be educated at Canadian universities. I don't have a problem with this on the conditions that 1) spaces allocated to Canadians are not surrendered to accommodate foreign students (and the higher tuition they pay) consequently denying Canadians access to higher education, and 2) these foreign students return to their respective countries to better their lives there, to build their communities, and help provide a better life for their countrymen with the education they received in Canada. This is more effective than foreign aid. Since it can't be guaranteed these conditions will be met I'm apprehensive.

If we permit these foreign students to stay then we're not just attracting the best and the brightest but poaching the developing world of its best and brightest. And they need them more than we because Canada is the world's most educated country. Letting foreign students stay in Canada after graduation will just saturate further an already over-educated labour market.

Now, about that "expat Sri Lankan Tamil goes back to her home country only to find out that claims of persecution are fabricated or overblown" thing. It appears the harassment that NDP MP and parliamentarian mouthpiece for the Sri Lankan Tamil independence movement in Ottawa, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, is more exaggeration than cause for concern. Sure, there was some official observation of her visit from Sri Lanka's government in Colombo. I can buy that. But from what I read it appears it's mostly nuisance making on Colombo's part and histrionics from Sitsabaiesan.

Her whole visit was political whether she cares to admit it or not. At first it was reported that she was there on a "fact finding" mission which means find biased information to embarrass the government in Colombo and for this she was allegedly placed under house arrest. Only she wasn't placed under house arrest. She was just followed around by men on bikes as she visited family and friends and that scared her so she hid in her hotel room and sought Canadian consular protection and oh my god I'm so persecuted they're going to take me away and kill me!

How could Colombo win? If the Sri Lankan government left her alone she could wander around Sri Lanka unmolested and find "proof" that Sri Lanka's Tamil minority are being persecuted. If government agents followed her, as they did, then, again that's proof Colombo is being mean to the Tamil minority and she could come back to Canada with the persecution story she went looking for. And that's what she got. It's all about optics. It's to make Colombo look bad while legitimizing the victim status of Sri Lanka's Tamils and validating their presence in Canada. And hopefully keep the asylum gates open to Sri Lanka's Tamils, a privilege they have enjoyed since 1989. It's good for her political career. More Sri Lankan Tamils in her electoral riding the more votes for her. Besides, if she was looking for a persecution story then I'd like to hear more about the forcible expulsion of some 72,000 Muslims by the LTTE from the Northern Province in 1990.

The irony is she proved why we should cut off Sri Lankan Tamils from entering the country as refugees (and repatriating the ones here) simply by going back to Sri Lanka and returning unscathed. She only got Colombo's attention because she is an elected MP from Canada. Were she just some anonymous Tamil returning to Sri Lanka on vacation I expect nothing would have happened to her. Any honest Sri Lankan Tamil living in Scarborough, ON will tell you that. If not, then it's curious why they frequently return to a country that allegedly puts their lives in danger.

This is joke and an embarrassment for this country. It's embarrassing enough that Canada allowed itself to be the mark of a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee con game (making Canada home to the largest collection of Sri Lankan Tamils in the world outside of Sri Lanka) but how we're letting the petty ethnic politics of that insignificant country seep into the affairs of Ottawa. It appears this Sitsabaiesan woman is going to waste parliament's time and tax payer money advancing the cause of her people in our nation's capital when she should be focusing her attention on issues that affect all Canadians. That's what we expect from our politicians, not to be leading the charge for an independence movement in a country most Canadians couldn't locate on a map.

Colombo's attention to her visit is understandable. It's not the first time some uppity Canadian politician decided to stick his nose in their affairs. Besides, how would Canada react if some foreign dignitary came to the country on a visit, official or not, only to stir up the passions of, say, the Quebec independence movement?

Oh, wait!

Well, that was just one incident. I mean they're just words right? It's not like Canada acted in a high-handed manner to an aggressive separatist act with threatening military action.

Hmm.

It seems we Canadians have more in common with the Sinhalese majority in Sir Lanka than we do with the Sri Lankan Tamils who reside in Canada and consider themselves as one of our own.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Nipping Asylum Shopping In The Bud.

This story appeared in today's Toronto Star. It concerns an asylum seeking family from North Korea whose claim was rejected by a refugee appeal tribunal.

In classic Toronto Star fashion the story sides with the family by pandering to the reader's emotions while under representing pertinent details that would lead one to conclude that Ottawa was in the right to overturn the family's asylum claim.

Some facts need presenting. Firstly, the family traveled to Canada via South Korea. This means that they landed in South Korea first prior to trying their luck with Canada's refugee system. South Korea grants automatic citizenship to any defecting North Korean. Therefore these people were automatically entitled to South Korean citizenship. South Korea is a democratic, industrialized, first world nation with a standard of living on par with if not better than Canada's.

Second, while the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (CRSR) places responsibilities on the signatory nations - Canada and South Korea being signatory nations - it also places responsibilities on those seeking asylum. One responsibility is to seek internal flight within one's homeland before seeking shelter in another country. If that is not possible then the asylum seeker is expected to ask for asylum in the first nation of safe passage. In this family's case that would be South Korea. If internal flight is possible but not chosen by the asylum seeker prior to looking for asylum elsewhere; or if internal flight is not an option and the asylum seeker arrives in a safe country but chooses not to ask for asylum there wishing to find asylum in a third country then the individual is guilty of what is called asylum shopping. Thus, the third nation is well within its right to refuse asylum to that person on the grounds that they had other avenues to find safety but opted not to follow them hoping to gain entry into another nation of choice. In other words they are trying to immigrate via a nation's asylum system. And those nation's with the most generous social benefits tend to be high on the list of the asylum shopper.

Third, granting asylum to these people is an insult to our ally and trading partner, South Korea. It implies South Korea is a nation of human rights abusers. The asylum seeking family claim they suffer from job discrimination and suspicions of being spies in South Korea because they are North Korean. But these aren't good enough grounds to grant anyone asylum in Canada. It's tantamount to French Canadians claiming refuge in the United States because Anglophone Canadians are mean to them.

Canada has been the target of waves of asylum shoppers before. There were Punjabi Sikhs in the late 1980s, Sri Lankans and Somalis all through the 1990s and into the 2000s, Mexicans in the early 2000s, and of late it has been Roma out of Europe. In all cases Canada was flooded with asylum claims from these and other countries. When word got back to the home country about the relative success of asylum claims suddenly, it seemed, everyone there was a refugee in need of Canada's protection. According to the article it appears this is what's happening with South Korea as claims from that nation have been steadily creeping up with news of acceptance rates of 50% and more. We need to put our foot down now and send a message before things get out of hand like it has several times before.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Maybe It's The Immigration System That's Failing Canada.

Ever give that a thought?

In a Toronto Star op-ed piece the familiar argument is made that Canada is failing to utilize it's immigrants to expand the nation's economic horizons beyond the U.S. and European markets. The authors believe that as Canada's population diversifies due to immigration then so too should it's economic interests into the countries from whence these immigrants came. The assumption goes that a large and diverse, foreign born population is of great benefit to the country because, purportedly, immigrants will create or maintain economic ties to the lands of their birth. In doing so they will open doors to foreign markets where Canada had little to no exposure thus promoting job growth in the country. Why this hasn't happened yet to the satisfaction of the authors is baffling to them. For them, not only is it a failure on Canada's part to use this "comparative advantage" to its benefit but also an example of how Canada is failing it's immigrant population by wasting their skills and talent.

The op-ed piece is problematic on it's own because it offers no evidence to support what the authors believe should be happening - that immigrants expand economic opportunities into foreign markets for the receiving nation - would be happening in the first place. That it fails to do so is because it's difficult to substantiate that position. Were it true then the U.S economic expansion into China wouldn't be possible without the participation of a large Chinese population in the U.S.; the Chinese economic expansion into Africa is because of the participation of the large African population in China; and the Japanese economic expansion into Canada is because of the large population of Canadians in Japan.

That's because no strong evidence exists beyond the anecdotal and if any exists then I have yet to see it. Besides, if any existed I'm sure the authors would have cited it. Instead of hard data linking economic expansion with immigration to substantiate the authors' position we get assumptions; and like most arguments favouring the maintenance of the dysfunctional immigration system this one is heavily dependent on assumptions.

If Canada's large foreign born population is indeed a cause of increase in trading activity between Canada and their respective native countries it's doubtful it's a trading relationship that favours the Dominion. The more plausible scenario is that they have opened Canada as a market to import the exported cultural and agricultural goods of their home nations leading to a negative trade imbalance for us. I don't think importing another million more Chinese is going to make a dent in the $13 billion negative trade imbalance we have with China nor will importing millions more Asians have a positive effect on the some $48 billion negative trade imbalance we have with the Asia Pacific region as a whole.

Perhaps it's not an issue of Canada failing it's immigrants but of immigrants failing Canada. Perhaps the issue is that we are importing the wrong people and too many of them at that. It's a plausible argument but of course can't ever be considered for doing so would shine a light on Canada's problematic immigration system.

Having a large foreign born population in your country does no open overseas markets nor will employing a diverse workforce based on ethnicity, gender, race, or religion help expand your firm abroad. Having a good product or service that is desirable for consumption or can help generate positive cash flow for interested overseas parties does. They don't care who you have working for them. All they care about is if they like what you offer or you can help them make money.

But the op-ed piece isn't really concerned with any of this. It's actually a veiled plea to hire an immigrant over a Canadian using the language of international trade. Actually, it's a plea to hire non-whites over whites since white immigrants will only give us more of the same which is continued trade with the U.S. and Europe and to the authors this is trade Canada should be less reliant on. Put another way the authors are saying that non-whites make better employees than whites because the inherent magical powers of their particular race will open doors and create opportunities for your business overseas so hire them first and foremost. It's specious and racist reasoning but if this is what is being promoted to policy makers and business leaders it begs white Canadians to consider what financial interest they have in supporting the immigration system at all if they are to be relegated to the second tier of the hiring process because employers have embraced the dubious claims that diversity in one's workforce creates opportunities abroad.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

So, What You're Saying Is We Need Another Head Tax?

Temporary foreign workers (TFWs).

What to do, what to do?

In today's Toronto Star, columnist and social justice advocate Carol Goar opines on the matter.

She has problems with the program as do the majority of Canadians; it's not far fetched to assume they wouldn't be.

So she offers some solutions. She suggest, rightly so, the cancellation of the provision that allows employers to pay TFWs 15% less than the going rate. She also suggests a requirement for employers "to submit a firm plan to replace their temporary foreign workers with Canadian workers over time" as well as "demand proof that companies are not using the program to outsource Canadian jobs."

She also suggests this: charge a $275 per worker fee for using the program.

Or in other words a head tax.

Immigration lawyer Richard Kurland made a similar suggestion to Sun News by offering the opinion that employers should be paying a 15% premium per TFW instead of being allowed to pay them 15% less than the going rate. He calls it a premium but a head tax is a head tax by any other name.

So, if offering the advice to charge someone a fee or premium per imported worker is now allowed in polite conversation then I ask what was so wrong with Canada charging a head tax on imported Chinese workers in the past? What's the difference between then and now?

How is a Chinese controlled mining company in B.C. importing Chinese workers to work for less pay than readily available Canadian workers different from the steady importation of Chinese labourers into B.C. some 100 years ago. The difference is a span of about 100 hundreds years. Aside from that there is none.

The response to the problem is also the same. Labour unions in B.C. tried through the court system to stop the arrival of the Chinese labours. In the left leaning Toronto Star it is suggested we charge a fee for every imported TFW.

What we have now is context and the context is the same. Like then what we have now is the steady importation of foreign workers into Canadian society that consequently is having a negative economic impact on the domestic workforce and incomes. In the past the government issued a head tax to deal with the problem and protect the livelihoods of Canadian workers. Now, near identical proposals are being made today to deal with the same problem by people left of the political spectrum no less!

With that said, was it wrong then for Canada to issue a head tax? No. Should the government have apologized for it? Definitely no! Imported Chinese workers were causing a problem then and the government of the time acted for the benefit of Canadians and dealt with it by issuing a head tax. Today it should do the same with TFWs.