Name ban longer than decade
MP, retired bureaucrat cite cases of immigrant Indian name-changes going back to early '90s
Jul 28, 2007 04:30 AM
A current MP and a former Canadian immigration officer in New Delhi say the practice of having Indian immigration applicants change surnames Singh and Kaur has been going on for a lot longer than 10 years.
After the World Sikh Organization criticized the policy this week, prompting the department of Citizenship and Immigration to drop it, the department said the name-changing had been in place for a decade.
Note - Why does the World Sikh Organization care? No one is entitled to come to Canada despite what some people might think. Frankly the have no business interloping in the affairs of Canadian immigration policy.
"I had cases going back to the early '90s of people with the name Singh or Kaur being told by CIC in New Delhi to change their surnames," counters Jim Karygiannis (MP Scarborough-Agincourt). "I've had tonnes of cases, not just in my constituency."
Note - Jim Karygiannis' riding is predominately South Asian, mostly Tamils. He, like Ruby Dhalla, do not represent Canadians but mostly represent a foreign people with Canadian citizenship.
Karygiannis says the older generation of immigrants put up with the policy, not wanting to rock the boat. But a new generation of immigrants doesn't feel the same way.
Read it all here.
This is yet another article about a single topic written by the same Toronto Star reporter. The Toronto Star, as a profit maximizing business, has an interest in immigration because almost half of all immigrants to Canada settle in the Toronto area. That is an increase in readership potential and thus advertising revenues in a troubled business sector that has experienced decreasing readership (because of the internet), stagnant stock prices and unimpressive ad revenue. South Asians are well on their way in surpassing the Chinese as the second largest ethnic group in Canada and are more likely to read the Toronto Star than the Chinese. Being aware of this demographic trend and the materialistic, status conscious culture of the South Asian community the Toronto Star has sponsored the publication of a magazine that targets the South Asian community. It is not in the Toronto Star's business interests that Indian immigration to Canada is hindered in any way.
I have already written on this Singh "ban" issue but what I what I would like to add concerns that last line in bold above. I have noticed that many older generation immigrants were grateful to come to Canada and did little to nothing to "rock the boat". They desired to fully assimilate into Canadian society oftentimes by anglicizing their names. They took jobs, worked, paid taxes, and lived their lives, religion, and culture without any imposition on the rest of Canadian society. This "new generation", I have found, are more militant (for lack of a better word). They have an attitude of entitlement; they feel that it is their right to immigrate to Canada; that Canadians must do whatever we can to make them feel comfortable; that we must tolerate and accommodate them but they do not have to tolerate and accommodate us. Multiculturalism encourages these attitudes. It rewards people with all the rights and benefits of being a Canadian without being Canadian. Why work when you’re going to get paid anyway? Canada does not need this "new generation" of immigrants. They are divisive, unaccommodating, and intolerant. Canada needs immigrates who desire to assimilate and call themselves Canadians and not hyphenated Canadians.
Therefore Canada should be encouraging the influx of immigrants who will most likely assimilate fully into Canadian society. If Canada fails to do this, as it is failing now, then the result will be a more intolerant and racist and divided society of the future and it won’t be because of Canadians. How can you be racist and intolerant when you are the minority?
Oh, and as a reminder there are more Sikhs in Canada than anywhere else in the world outside of India. If this were a ban it sure seemed to be ineffective. Also, this complaint is coming from a community that has attacked Canadian laws and culture on more than one occasion. You can't blame some of us if we don't have a sympathetic ear for you now can you?