Gregory Bonnell, THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA - One-in-five people in Canada is foreign-born according to census numbers released Tuesday, an immigration surge unprecedented in a quarter-of-a-century and one that comes as the country grapples with acts of overt racism that fly in the face of Canada's reputation for tolerance.
The "overt racism" mentioned here, whatever is meant by that, is an over statement. Canadians are continuously insulted with accusations of racism no matter what it is we do. But any kind of racism in Canada shouldn't be surprising when we have an immigration policy more akin to government complicity in the colonization of its own citizens by foreign nations. Denied any avenue of protest, be it in the media of government, then acts of "overt racism" should be expected as citizens take their anger and frustrations out on immigrants when those most deserving of scorn are the nation's politicians, our moral superiors in the media, and those in the immigration industry whose livelihood is dependent on the legal trafficking of people and the sale of Canadian citizenship at rock bottom prices.
The only recourse available to many Canadians to escape the multicultural madness that is Toronto is to move away. That's why many immigrants may get the cold shoulder treatment and the cut-eye when outside of Toronto. It's not that Canadians have anything against the immigrant but they have a problem with what that immigrant represents: neo-colonialism or reverse colonialism. They do not want the town where they now reside to endure what has happened to Toronto. That's why they left Toronto in the first place. They want to live in Canada, not some multicultural wonderland so they may try to make the immigrant feel unwelcome and out of place and hopefully leave. If Canadians wanted to live in India they'd move to Mumbai.
While the "neo-racism" that infects society through subtle, systemic practices has largely been the focus of anti-racism crusaders, recent reports of assaults against Asian fisherman in Ontario and open anti-Muslim sentiment in Quebec have become the subject of inquiries and commissions.
What this writer calls "neo-racism", and trying to make himself look smart in the process, is actually a backlash that immigration and multiculturalism fosters. And the subtle racism that he talks about is quite prevalent in immigrant communities expressed towards those of the host population and other immigrants as well.
Canada garners kudos from around the world for laws promising equality for all, but experts say the true test of a tolerant nation is in day-to-day living.
The fact that he wrote that exposes the bias of the writer and the kind of article you're reading. Any article that says things to the effect that "Canada is a model to the world, we set than standard by which others pass or fail, and all the eyes of the world are on us" should be taken with a grain of salt and should be considered propaganda, not news.
Canada garnering "kudos from around the world" is what journalists, politicians, and immigrant groups who want to keep Canadian attitudes soft regarding the colonization of their country generally say. There is nothing to really prove that "Canada garners kudos from around the world". To think that policy makers and national populations the world over think of Canada when discussing domestic policy is narcissistic and self-congratulating. Canadians need to understand that NO ONE THINKS OF CANADA AS MUCH AS WE TELL OURSELVES THAT THEY DO. How often do you think of Chad let alone know where that country is? How about New Zealand or Chile? The truth of the matter is that we don't think of those countries often if at all. Should we expect to believe that the good people of New Zealand stop and ask themselves "how do they do things in Canada?" If you do then you I bet you also read the Toronto Star.
If you think that the plane loads of immigrants who chose Canada is evidence that Canada is doing something right then you should understand something: Canadian citizenship is one of the best deals in town. It is one of the easiest to obtain in the industrialized world with some of the fewest strings attached and it allows access to one of the most generous social programs in the world. It's a bargain and it says a lot about the immigrants this country receives. If Canada has had to continuously cheapen its citizenship requirements to attract immigrants then what kind of immigrants are coming here let alone say about Canada? Here is something to ponder: the vast majority of immigrants come from the third world and what's worse, living in Somalia or enduring six months of a Canadian winter? Canada also recognizes dual citizenship so it's not like you've totally left your country is it?
The latest census figures show that 19.8 per cent of the population in 2006 was foreign born, the highest proportion since 1931 and up 13.6 per cent from five years earlier. By contrast, the entire Canadian population grew only 3.3 per cent in the same period.
Almost two-thirds of the nation's foreign-born population resided in Canada's three biggest cities: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
The highest percentage of newcomers to Canada were from China (14 per cent), followed by India (11.6), the Philippines (7) and Pakistan (5.2). For the first time, the proportion of foreign-born immigrants from Asian and Middle Eastern countries (41 per cent) outstripped those of European heritage (37).
"The newcomers who came between 2001 and 2006, we have about 1.1 million of them, and they added to Canada's diverse population because they report coming from about over 200 countries," said Statistics Canada analyst Tina Chui.
"When you look at that, Canada is like a world within a country."
An aging population and the declining birth rate has Canada on track to becoming fully dependent on immigration for population growth by around 2030, Statistics Canada data suggests.
Among Western nations, only Australia had a higher percentage of foreign-born residents (22.2 per cent) than Canada in 2006. The United States had 12.5 per cent foreign-born.
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So Australia, of all Western nations, has a higher percentage of its population born abroad but I will not be surprised to learn one day that Canada has the highest percentage of foreign born residents. But of the G8 nations Canada has the highest percentage.
Here is a pertinent quote from wiki concerning foreign ownership:
Some estimates state that more than 50% of the petroleum and gas industry and more than 50% of all manufacturing in Canada is foreign-owned and foreign-controlled. In no foreign country does Canadian investment play a dominant role. Canada's largest foreign investment, which is in the US, gives Canadians control over only a minute portion of the US economy, in contrast to the very large fraction of the Canadian economy that is controlled by American interests.
Of note is that Canada's largest companies by value, and largest employers, tend to be foreign owned in a way that is more typical of a developing nation than a G-8 member. The best example is the automotive sector, one of Canada's most important industries. It is dominated by American, German, and Japanese giants. Although this situation is not unique to Canada in the global context, it is unique among G-8 nations, and many other relatively small nations also have national automotive companies such as Sweden's Saab or South Korea's Kia and Hyundai.
The high foreign ownership content of Canada's economy has attracted some concern from The Toronto Star and other leading journals. If the foreign ownership of Canada's economy warrants concern then why doesn't the foreign occupation of Canada's public spaces attract equal concern. What's the difference? Is this nation building or the surrendering of state? What will be said if Canada's population was 25% foreign born? What if it reaches 30%? Or 50%? How about 60%? How high is too high? Will it still be Canada? When will Ottawa put Canada and Canadians first?