Wednesday, 5 September 2007

How many of the more than 1,000 are related?

Huge crowd for crash victims

More than 1,000 pay respects to 3 Bramptonians and relative killed in wedding fete on B.C. road
Sep 03, 2007 04:30 AM
Ashifa Kassam
Staff reporter

More than 1,000 people turned up at a B.C. funeral home yesterday to mourn three Brampton residents and a relative who were among six killed when a pickup truck slammed into their pre-wedding procession.

The two-hour traditional Sikh ceremony in Delta marked the deaths of Damanpreet Singh Kang, 13, Rubal Kaur Gill, 22, and her 25-year-old brother Bhupinder Singh Kaler – all visiting B.C. from Brampton – and Satinder Kaur Mahil, 57, of Abbotsford, B.C.


He estimated more than 150 Toronto-area relatives and friends went to B.C. for the funerals. Many more were unable to make the trip, and instead were relying on him and his cellphone to provide them with updates throughout the day.

Read it all here if you want but this isn't really news.

First of all why were they on the road to begin with? Did they have a permit or did they think that they can just walk on the road and force the traffic to accommodate them? Hmmm. Kind of like multiculturalism don't you think? They can do whatever they want and everyone has to accommodate them. Sikhs have been thinking and behaving this way for years anyways, and getting their way too I might add, so I wouldn't be surprised if that's what they expected.

But that's beside the point. What amazed me was the number of those who attended. I am curious as to how many are related in some fashion as either blood relatives or in-laws. I recall reading about one funeral for a Tamil who had around sixty relatives in Canada. Family reunification is one area that needs to be fixed if any sanity is to return to Canada's immigration and refugee system. Because of it entire families have been imported to Canada with just one successful immigration application or refugee claim. For example a successful immigrant or refugee claim can import his or her spouse. That's reasonable. They can also import dependent children under 21 years, I believe. That's understandable. But now the spouse can sponsor relatives. This is how the brother gets in who then sponsors his parents who then sponsor a brother who then sponsors a nephew who then sponsor a sister who then sponsors a husband who then sponsors a parent who then sponsors a spouse, and so on and so on and on and so on and so on. You can see now why it is also called “chain migration”. It just takes one; just one, successful immigration application or refugee claim and you end up importing immediate relatives and extended family. South Asians, particularly Sikhs, are notorious abusers of this flawed policy.

The problem is that sponsored relatives do not need to meet any criteria to get into the country including language skills and relevant job skills. All they need is a relative already in Canada willing to vouch for them financially. That's it. Many of these sponsorships are immigrants who would not be able to enter Canada via the points system but they are of working age and in need of employment nonetheless. They end up flooding the labour market with unskilled labour and this hurts the working poor; one of the most vulnerable groups in Canada who need government protection yet immigration works more as a weapon against them. Because of this the family sponsorship program has been blamed for one of the reasons why productivity levels for immigrants have been decreasing yearly for the past twenty years and why it is taking longer for immigrants to reach income levels on par with the rest of Canadian society.

Another problem is that Canada now finds itself importing an ageing population as immigrants import their aged parents and relatives on both sides of the family. They become a financial burden for our health care system because they will use Canada's health services but have paid little into it if anything at all. They also increase demand for the limited number of hospital beds and health care staff. How does this help Canadians?

About half of all immigrants to Canada get in as a sponsored relative. That’s around 120,000 people a year. Do we really need these people? Isn’t immigration supposed to be a benefit to Canada and Canadians? The family reunification scheme does not benefit Canadians. It is costing us. It needs to be fixed.

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