Saturday, 20 December 2008

Economic Downturn A Test To The Legitimacy And Necessity Of Imported Temporary Foreign Workers.

With the economic downturn the call for temporary foreign workers in Canada will be dubious if it wasn't already. With a majority of Canadians already opposed to the foreign worker program it will be a tougher sell when thousands of jobs are being lost including those being performed by imported temporary labourers as brought to our attention by this Toronto Star report.

Imported workers face uncertainty

A growing number of temporary foreign labourers now jobless, vulnerable in recession
Dec 17, 2008 04:30 AM
Nicholas Keung
IMMIGRATION/DIVERSITY REPORTER


The sudden layoffs of 70 imported labourers at an Ontario mushroom farm this month highlights the precarious future for a growing pool of unemployed temporary foreign workers as the economy plunges into recession.

The federal program, massively expanded in the past two years, was designed to import workers on a temporary basis in response to labour shortages and an ever-changing labour market. There are now more than 300,000 temporary foreign workers in the country.

[...]

Many don't speak English well, are unaware of their labour rights, and could become further exploited in low-wage jobs or disappear underground.

Experts are calling on the government to halt the program immediately until it comes up with a contingency plan on what to do with the workers already here and facing unforeseen hardship.

Not only should the program be halted immediately but Canada may want to halt all immigration into the country as well.

An unprecedented number of foreign workers have arrived in recent years – 103,400 in 2003 to 165,198 last year. The number is expected to surpass that in 2008. Half are in technical and skilled trades, lower-skilled clerical and labour jobs, including farm workers and nannies.

To date, the federal government has not come up with a plan on what to do with temporary foreign workers in the event of a slowdown and layoffs. Nor is there an "exit control" scheme to ensure the workers' departure when their time is up in the country.

A gentleman associated with the U.S. based Center for Immigration Studies remarked that "there is nothing more permanent than a temporary worker". Though these individuals are only in Canada on a temporary basis if trends are any indication (migrant Hispanic workers in the U.S., Caribbean and South Asian "temp workers" in post war Britain, Moroccan and Algerian "temp" labour in post war France) many of them will not leave the country and the fact that the Canadian government has no "'exit control' scheme" nor a plan on what to do with these individuals in an economic slowdown further cements this likelihood. If the number of temporary foreign workers lingering in Canada becomes too large to handle I predict a general amnesty will be granted which is why we need to bring the temp foreign worker program under control now.

However, here's the paragraph in the report we need to pay closest attention to:

"The pressure is on the federal government to cap the size of the temporary foreign worker program," said University of Victoria labour law professor Judy Fudge, an expert on migrant workers and law. "This will be a big year ... testing the legitimacy of the program. How can an employer say they don't have the people to do the job?" she asked. "If the number of foreign workers remains strong despite the slowing economy, it'd show that Canadian employers are simply addicted to low-paid workers without rights."

The importation and use of temporary foreign workers in Canada is a double edged sword. Not only is it the abuse of the desperation of those living in the developing world it is also an assault on the wages of Canadians and their standard of living. In effect, the immigrant's pursuit of a "better life" in Canada means the imposition of a "worse life" for a Canadian.

If Canada maintains it current regime of high immigration numbers complimented with the steady importation of temporary foreign workers during a recessionary period touted as the worst in the post war era it will just prove how sacrosanct the program is and how it has become divorced from serving the real needs of Canada and Canadians. It is immigration for immigration's sake; to employ those in the immigration industry with a steady and ever increasing stream of clientele; to keep wages down and party contributions from the business community up; to pander to ethnic voting blocs and satisfy their neo-colonial aspirations by assuring them that the steady influx of their countrymen will continue unabated, further cementing their permanence, prevalence, and perhaps dominance in Canadian society.

In the end, of course, it is Canadians who will end of sacrificing the most, even losing their country.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Opportunism Or Conviction, Iranian Immigrant Actively Seeks Dissolution Of Canada.

Remember when erstwhile Parti Québécois Leader Jacques Parizeau blamed the "ethnic vote", along with money, for defeating Quebec's chance at separating from Canada in the last sovereignty referendum? Well, it looks like he can count of them after all.

Amir Khadir was elected to Quebec's national assembly in the recent provincial elections and he is the only elected official to represent the leftist and soverigntist party Quebec Solidaire in the provincial legislature. Also, he ran federally for the seperatist Bloc Québécois party in the 2000 federal election. Did I mention he is an immigrant from Iran?

This just may be political opportunism. He may be satisfying his personal ambitions by abusing the prevailing political mood in the province. Or it actually may be conviction to the cause. Whatever the case is, with immigrants like Amir Khadir who needs sovereigntists?

One thing I would like to ask Mr. Khadir? Would he have a problem with someone like myself promoting the dissolution of Iran? Didn't think so!

It's nice to see Canada can count on its immigrant population to "stand on guard for thee". As for the citizenship ceremony, we can all understand it is just some perfunctory step between an immigrant and his or her Canadian passport and full entitlement to all Canada has to offer. How seriously they take the citizenship oath is anyone's guess.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Ontario May Lose 517,000 Jobs In Five Years, Almost Equivalent To The Number Of Immigrants To The Province Over The Same Period.

The lost 517,000 jobs number is derived from a worst case scenario if the Detroit Three (Ford, GM, Chrysler LLC) went out business. I think at least one will be allowed to survive for the sake of American pride and the U.S. economy and if I had to guess which one it will be GM (conversely if anyone will fail it will probably be Chrysler LLC). It is the largest of the three employing the most people. Also because my guess, anyone's actually, is almost as good as any Economist's or Senior Market analyst's at any Bank or financial institution because it really is all guess work isn't it? When it comes to market projections it seems the so called "experts" don't really know what they are doing or what is going on. If they did we wouldn't be in this mess now would we becuase they would have seen it coming and steer us in the direction to avoid the economic ice burg. But I digress.

Read the bad news here care of the Toronto Star.

517,000 Ontario jobs at risk

If Big Three automakers go out of business, the entire economy will be devastated, report says
Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson

Queen's Park Bureau
Dec 16, 2008


Ontario would lose 517,000 jobs within five years if the Big Three automakers went out of business, according to a new provincial report obtained by the Star.

The review, prepared for the Ministry of Economic Development and to be released today, warns the collapse of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler would send lasting shock waves through the economy.

If auto output by U.S.-based manufacturers in Canada were cut in half, at least 157,400 jobs would be lost right away, 141,000 of them in Ontario. By 2014, job losses would rise to 296,000 nationally, including 269,000 here.

If production were to cease completely, 323,000 jobs would be lost immediately in Canada, including 281,800 in this province, rising to 582,000 nationally and 517,000 in Ontario by 2014.


[...]

"This report suggests that even under a scenario where half the auto sector is lost, our economy (in Ontario) basically craters and brings the whole rest of the (Canadian) economy with it," Bryant said.

The damage would extend well beyond the auto and related parts industries to housing and a broad range of consumer spending, said Jayson Myers, an economist who is president of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

[...]

Nor could Japanese-based automakers like Toyota and Honda, which already build cars and trucks in Ontario, be expected to fill the void left by GM, Ford and Chrysler.

If Ontario does lose 517,000 over five years (582,000 nation wide) that number is almost equivalent to the number of immigrants who will settle in the province over the same time period. Ontario will be increasing its working population in tandem with a decrease in the number of jobs available in the labour market. Essentially we we will be importing unemployment.

Which reminds me. Remember last year or maybe a year and a half ago or was it two years ago that we were told that we needed more immigrants, particularly non-English speaking illegal immigration from Portugal, to fill vacancies in the construction industry? It's turning out we really don't need them that desperately anymore. Predictably, like the dot come bubble Toronto's condo boom is heading for a bust.

By the end of September, there were 33,919 condos under construction in the Toronto metropolitan area – more than three times the city's annual average – said economist Will Dunning in a report on the rental and condo markets.

"This very large pending inventory is setting the stage for a substantial correction," Dunning said in an interview yesterday.

The warning comes on the heels of figures yesterday showing sales of existing homes in Canada continued to slide in the year's fourth quarter. Declines were steep amid the lowest level of monthly activity in almost eight years as investors worry about the faltering Canadian economy.

"In the short term, condos are the most vulnerable aspect of the market," said CIBC World Markets senior economist Benjamin Tal. "I think there is a lot of oversupply, especially in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver."

Already, some prominent developers have warned some condo projects being marketed may not make it to completion. In a tight credit market, as falling sales hit the new home market, speculators and investors take cover.

[...]

"It appears that this process – excess supply in the condo sector and owners acting to sell the units – may be underway already."

The above story can be read in the "Gee, I didn't see that coming" section of the Toronto Star. (Market analysts with Economics PhDs, what would the world do without them?) I remember in the midst of the dot com bubble Canadians were being told that we needed more immigration to fill projected, meaning assumed, vacancies in the IT sector. Now an IT specialist from India can't get arrested in this town yet we still hear calls for more immigration. After the dot com bust it was the condo boom. What's next?

Doom and gloom economic projections are just as reliable as bullish market forecasts. Neither may come to pass becuase like I said it is all guess work.

What is clear now more then ever is that Canada has to reduce its immigration intake, if the country is unwilling to halt all immigration to the country temporarily, to weather the economic downturn. It is only fair to Canadian workers and their families. To continue to allow an unacceptably high number of immigrants into the country especially in these dire economic times smacks of indifference to the plight of many hard working Canadians. It is a direct assault on their standard of living and their national birthright. I cannot see how one could still say the nation needs to import so many people when laid off Canadians can be retrained to fill vacancies in other sectors of the economy. Allowing so many people from outside the country to settle in Canada at this time can only make the situation worse.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Canada Should Halt All Immigration In These Uncertain Economic Times.

Trying to get Canada to reduce its immigration intake is one of the main reasons why I established and maintain this blog. I am not particularly fond of blogging but since there is little discussion allowed about immigration, aside from state approved discourse, I feel compelled to do something. And any reduction, even a small one, is a step in the right direction.

Given the trying economic situation Canada and much of the industrialized world finds itself in I have to modify my position, albeit temporarily, and say that Canada should halt all immigration into the country (genuine refugee cases notwithstanding). I do not support a total ban on all immigration but desperate times require desperate measures and a stoppage on all immigration into the country, at least for the foreseeable future, is what Canadian workers need right now.

Much has been printed of late about the consequences of the economic downturn, often described as the worst since the Great Depression, that makes me feel that more immigrants into the country is not what we need right now and will only make things worse. Below are a collection of articles that should persuade anybody to my reasoning. And if you consider a temporary moratorium on all immigration into Canada as a bit extreme then surely a decrease in the numbers is warranted.

Ontario has long been considered the economic engine of the nation and the prime destination for almost half of all immigrants into the country. So what is to become of the nation if the manufacturing power house goes out of business? Such is the grim prospect as Ontario faces "have not" provincial status. Ontario's prosperity relied heavily on the auto industry but North America's "Detroit Three" are seeking a (U.S.)$25 billion dollar bailout to stave bankruptcy. In response every assembly plant in Ontario is facing cuts. Oshawa, Ontario is home to many auto workers and that city recently experienced a 96.4% spike in EI claims.

The housing sector of Ontario is also on shaky ground. It has been credited for "pulling the Toronto area out of the previous recession" but "can't be counted on to be an engine of growth as the economy stumbles."

According to Statistics Canada 71,000 jobs were eliminated in November, the largest monthly net loss in 26 years and pushing the nation's jobless rate to 6.3 per cent. Off those 71,000 lost jobs 66,000 were in Ontario pushing the province's unemployment rate to 7.1 per cent.
And this likely won't be the end of gloomy unemployment reports. With Canada's economy poised to contract, said CIBC World Markets economist Krishen Rangasamy, "things will certainly get worse before they get better." He sees the unemployment rate "creeping up steadily toward 7 per cent," with another 100,000 job losses expected over the next few months.

Since peaking in 2002, according to the report, Canada has shed 388,000 manufacturing positions. Since 2005 Ontario has lost 190,400 manufacturing jobs, a number that should be compared to the yearly intake of about 150,000 immigrants into the province. Also Canada has witnessed substantial job declines in warehousing and transportation. What is pertinent to point out here is that these jobs were the life lines keeping low skilled Canadians and new immigrants above the poverty line. And now what do new immigrants have to look forward to? Retail sales jobs? Fast food counter help? Domestics? Temporary and contract work?

So what is someone living in Ontario to do? To which province can we look to as an excuse to justify importing 260,000+ immigrants and an equal number of foreign workers into Canada? Booming Saskatchewan whose premier was in Ontario this year trying to attract immigrants to his province to fill job vacancies, jobs that he said most of which the immigrants were overqualified for? (This, you understand, means his province needs workers to fill vacancies in low paid service jobs). Should we look to Alberta, a province that was humbled by having to readjust its budget surplus to (CDN)$2 billion down from an $8.5 billion dollar estimate? An oil rich province having to deal with oil prices below (U.S.)$45 and where some projects are being put on hold? A province experiencing layoffs in construction as housing starts fall?

If you are looking for work or if you are a potential immigrant investigating Canada then I suggest you move to Mexico for that's where many of Canada's jobs are disappearing to. These are jobs that once paid $18 an hour in Canada are now being performed at $2 an hour in Mexico. And, as well paying Canadian and American jobs are being exported to Mexico as a return gesture Mexico is exporting its surplus labour north of the Rio Grande afflicting a double whammy on Canadian and American workers.

The reality many Canadian now face is not very pleasant. It is one full of uncertainty with little guarantee that even playing by the rules will get you anywhere as outlined in this Toronto Star report. University educated the woman described has been a contract worker for nine years with no stable job prospects. How many times this story is repeated across the country is anyone's guess but keep in mind that it is estimated that a third of all jobs in Canada now are temporary and contract work. How are Canadians supposed to rear a family if they are barely able to support themselves.

The consequences of this is an unstable society, one divided by rich and poor and increasingly the signs of poverty are being born by immigrants. The 905 area that rings Toronto (so called by its telephone area code) has seen child poverty soar. I'm sure the fact that the 905 area has also witnessed a likewise increase of its immigrant population (not to mention crime rates and gang activity) is purely coincidental. I'm also certain that the increases in poverty rates in Toronto have nothing to do with the fact that much of these increases rose with Toronto's immigration population and can be witnessed in immigrant heavy neighbourhoods.

Canada, for the sake of ethnic block votes and to keep those in the immigration industry happily employed, may have imported a superfluous population, a "reserve army of the unemployed". This Toronto Star report though spun as a sob story shows what is wrong with the system. The couple described worked for auto parts supplier Progressive Moulded Products. The company employed mostly immigrants. Why it couldn't find Canadian workers is beyond me since it paid a decent wage. But that doesn't matter now since the company had to close. Such is the business cycle and people losing their jobs happens. But most of those employed were immigrants who have a poor command of the English language. (In a related note the Sri Lankan woman in the child poverty link above cannot speak English at all and needed a translator). Fluency in either of Canada's official languages is key to success in this country yet we seem to be bringing in people who cannot speak either. How that Indian family got into the country with poor language skills should raise questions. The most likely answer is that they were sponsored by relatives. In the case of the Sri Lankan woman she is probable a refugee. In both classes of immigrants the applicant does not need to speak a word of English. And the fact that the couple were able to reside in the country for so long without having to learn or speak much English is troublesome.

The real problem facing immigrants is jobs and the truth is Canada is bringing in immigrants for whom there are no jobs waiting. That is to say jobs in their related fields. That appears to be the sentiment behind this Toronto Star report. The immigrants highlighted in it speak of a fear of bringing in more skilled immigrants because they know that the job market is fierce in Canada which is especially so for newcomers. After all, Canada has the highest educated workforce in the industrialized world.
They also describe a new reality not factored in: fierce competition from Canadians who are far better educated than a generation ago.

Full-time university undergraduate enrolment has grown from 69,000 students in the mid-1950s to over 600,000 today – when the population only doubled.


The changes to the system, which were legislated this summer, place a heavier emphasis on jobs skills.

After sending out five to 15 resumes a day, every day for two years, she realized she wasn't going to find a job as a graphic designer, despite a degree from the University of Tehran and 12 years experience.

"Toronto has the biggest population of graphic designers in Canada. And companies now think they have the software, so they can do design themselves."

[...]

"We didn't have much, ... but Canada was very different then," said Chakraborti, 60, who lives in Vaughan. "Earlier immigrants certainly faced the same difficulties as the next ones who came, but the job market has also become so much more competitive."

[...]

"You hear stories (in the Philippines) about how nurses make $50 an hour (in Canada), when it's the exact opposite. Nurses work as caregivers, professionals are working in factories."

In this Toronto Star report on Ottawa's poaching list, er I mean shopping list for foreign trained immigrants, a member of the Council for Access to the Profession of Engineering states that of its 1,820 members "60 per cent are underemployed or underutilized in Canada."
"You can't keep bringing people into the country you aren't going to employ," said Bambrah. "Not only are they forced to go on to welfare, so they are a burden on society, but it's also that you are killing all their creativity," she said. "You have to go back and ask what is the focus of your immigration policy, and why are you particularly targeting these people?"

Adding to this we read that more Ontarians are turning to food banks, crisis looms in welfare rolls, 30 per cent of Toronto Families live in poverty, and of a warning from the Bank of Canada that many Canadians may lose their homes.

Now tell me, anyone who is reading this, why Canada should continue to bring in so many immigrants especially in a time like this? Please tell me. I'm so depressed right now from writing the above I could use a good laugh.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Somalis In Canada Help To Bankroll Pirates In Somalia For A Cut Of The Action.

Somalis, like Sri Lankan Tamils and other post Singh Decision refugee communities, fully abused the most lax and gullible refugee system in the world to their advantage. That's why Canada has one of the largest Somali communities in the world outside of Somalia. And now members of this community, numbering at some 200,000 probably more, are complicitly funding Somali pirates for a cut of the take. Here is the Toronto Star article.

Somali pirates get help from expats in Canada

Cut of ransom ends up in North America via money-wiring services
Dec 11, 2008 04:30 AM


MOGADISHU–A dramatic spike in piracy in African waters this year is backed by an international network of mostly Somali expatriates stretching as far as Canada, say law enforcement officials, researchers and the pirates themselves.

The expatriates, including reputedly some among the 200,000 Somalis living in Canada, offer funds, equipment and information in exchange for a cut of the ransoms, according to those familiar with the phenomenon.

With help from the network, Somali pirates have brought in at least $30 million (U.S.) in ransom so far this year, they say.

[...]

Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Centre, an organization based in St. Paul, Minn., with ties to Toronto, says the network is "an open secret within the (Somali) community."

"We know the money flows through the east coast of the Gulf of Aden to Mogadishu, and eventually ends up in North America through money-wiring services," he told the Star's Nick Aveling.

The RCMP was unavailable for comment when contacted last night.

The deals with "investors" appear to be fairly informal, with family or clan networks stretching overseas.

Most refugees to Canada nowadays are the mobile middle and upper classes of the developing world because it costs money to travel to Canada to make a refugee claim and these people have access to the funds to do it. Somalis are no exception. When we thought we were providing refuge to a desperate and war weary people of the conflict stricken Somalia we were most likely providing a life line to the people and their relatives responsible for starting the civil war and for Somalia's inability to organize a stable government. It was no accident that Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aideed's second wife, Khagida Gurhan, and four of his children were living in Canada and on welfare in London, Ontario. I deeply suspect that many of the Somalis that Canada granted refuge to and eventual citizenship have clan and family ties to warlord leaders in Somalia.

The above story only further cements my suspicions. Who else would have the contacts to the pirates to send them funds in exchange for a return on their "investment." What's more disconcerting is that the Canadian tax payer is unwittingly supporting the Somali pirates because the Somali community in Canada is still dependent on welfare payments to a certain extent. So it goes like this. Canadians give their money to support the families of Somali warlords living in Canada who then send this money to Somalia to not only fund the conflict but to support the operations of the Somali pirates. Now not all Somalis living in Canada are doing this but it has to be a significant number if Canada is singled out in the Associated Press release.

I don't know how the RCMP is going to approach this if the allegations in the story are true. If they are then charges should be laid and deportations ordered if a connection to the pirates can be established but that may be a lot harder then it sounds so I expect nothing will be done.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Recommended Reading.

It's been a while since I updated this blog but I should because it has never been more important to get the word out to lower immigration targets if not temporarily stop all immigration to Canada outright since we may be in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression (and here's to hoping it won't last long).

But here is a post I wanted to do for a while. I list the books that "converted" me, if you will, from once indifference and casual acceptance of multiculturalism and mass immigration to reformer. This is to bring to the attention of anyone reading this of the existence of these books if knowledge of these books wasn't previously known. They are not racist in any fashion, are well thought out, are not surrendered to rhetoric, and are compelling in their arguments. If any warning should be given it is this: they may make you angry!

"Betrayal and Deceit: The Politics of Canadian Immigration" by Charles M. Campbell.

Campbell's book is a must read for any immigration reformer. And if you are not an immigration reformer it will make you into one. If it doesn't it's probably because you are an immigration lawyer (or immigration consultant or anyone promoting the neo-colonization of Canada).

"Who Gets In: What's Wrong With Canada's Immigration Program - and How To Fix It" by Daniel Stoffman.

This is another necessary read for anyone wondering why Canada's immigration system is not working. Here is a Globe and Mail review of the book.

"Selling Illusions: The Cult of Multiculturalism in Canada" by Neil Bissoondath.

This book is a critique of multiculturalism and what it is doing to Canada. What makes this book problematic for multiculturalism proponents is that the author is non-white and is an immigrant from Trinidad thus depriving them of the opportunity to dismiss the books attacks by accusing the author of being a racist. So Mr. Bissoondath is best ignored by them then acknowledged.

"Cold Terror: How Canada Nurtures and Exports Terrorism Around the World" by Stewart Bell.

This book illustrates how Canada's immigration system, particularly its lax and gullible refugee stream, has been abused by terrorist groups like the LTTE (or Tamil Tigers) and how they have made Canada a funding base for their operations often with the soft support of expat refugee communities.

You can either purchase these books or, I am certain, these books can be found in your library system. If you have not read them then read them.

There are other books I know of but I haven't read them so I don't know what to say. Perhaps I'll just get a list going of material on the subject of immigration reform whether I have read them or not just of the sake of compiling a list for research purposes.

Added on Saturday, March 7, 2009.

The Truth About Immigration : Exposing the Economic and Humanitarian Myths by Mike Taylor.

Here is a quote from Amazon's product desription:

The only way to eliminate illegal immigration is to alleviate the world poverty that generates it. Right now, western leaders plot enforcement policy as if there was little or no connection between world poverty and illegal immigration. They drag their feet on cancelling insurmountable third world debt while continuing to pump billions into stopgap enforcement measures. They view the problem as a police action and blame the human smugglers, when it is actually a problem they help create with their own elite selection criteria. We are no longer a sanctuary for the world's poor and huddled masses -- we now criminalize them, targeting the best and throwing back the rest.

The west has the wealth, technology and resources to drastically reduce world poverty if it wanted. Why doesn't it? Because, bottom line, in doing so it would destroy its competitive advantage in the global economy. If all people had a decent standard of living, how many would come to fill our 'skills shortages' and help sustain our population and labour force levels? How many multinational corporations would be able to exploit cheaper labour and lower taxes in less developed countries? Not many, in either case, because the enabling poverty would no longer exist. But we would still make do. The sky will not fall when the boomers leave the labour force any more than it fell when they entered it -- the market adjusts.

The Effects of Mass Immigration by The Fraser Institute.

You can read this online for free here or download it here. You can buy it here.

"Mayday! Mayday! Curb Immigration. Stop multiculturalism. Or it’s the end of the Canada we know! by Lowell Green.

The title says it all.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Martin Collacott Responds To The "Canada Needs More Immigrants" Crowd And Exposes The Underlying Deception.

Martin Collacott is another name one should watch for among immigration reformers. He, like James Bissett, is more knowledgeable about the subject than any Ottawa politician or Toronto based journalist whose only experience and research with immigration is eating diner at an ethnic themed restaurant. I don't feel the need to comment because Mr. Collacott's piece in the Ottawa Citizen says it all. I came across the article at Immigration Watch International.

Martin Collacott. Immigration is not the key

Martin Collacott, Citizen Special
Published: Thursday, September 25, 2008


In taking issue with James Bissett's concerns about current immigration policy, many of the assertions made by Anne Golden in an op-ed this week ("We do need many more immigrants," Sept. 22) are problematic to say the least.

She claims there is no evidence immigration pushes down wages for Canadian workers. But this is hardly consistent with last year's Statistics Canada study which concluded that immigration played a role in the seven-per-cent drop in real weekly wages experienced by workers with more than a university undergraduate degree in Canada between 1980 and 2000.

[...]

Some of Ms. Golden's statistics are also open to question. Her assertion that, "in 2006, 55 per cent of the principal applicant immigrants to Canada (138,257 persons in all) were admitted under the economic class of immigration" is not, in fact, correct. The figure of 138,257 is the total number admitted in the economic class and, of these, only 57,275 were principal applicants. Immigrants who were fully selected on the basis of their qualifications under the points system (skilled immigrants -- principal applicants), moreover, comprised only 17.5 per cent of the 251,643 immigrants admitted in 2006.

[...]

Don Drummond, chief economist of the Toronto Dominion Bank, notes that when business leaders tout immigration as the key to Canada's economic success they are doing so on the basis of information at least 25 years out of date.

According to Mr. Drummond, because of their weak economic performance, recent immigrants are "pulling the economy down." Such a conclusion is entirely consistent with Mr. Bissett's contention that current immigration programs are extremely costly for Canadians rather than beneficial.

[...]

The fact is, however, that our prosperity does not depend on labour force growth or population increases but on sound economic policies that promote continued increases in productivity and effective use of our existing labour force. On the latter point, renowned economist and labour market specialist Prof. Alan G. Green of Queen's University has concluded that Canada now has the educational facilities to meet our domestic needs for skilled workers in all but extreme circumstances and that large inflows of skilled workers from abroad will have the effect of discouraging Canadians from acquiring the skills needed in the labour market.

In the circumstances, we should be concentrating on making the best use of existing manpower resources in the country by upgrading the skills of Canadians, retraining the many thousands who have recently lost their jobs and encouraging new entrants to join the workforce -- not on continued mass immigration as proposed by Anne Golden.

I have to hand it to the Ottawa Citizen. It seems to be one of the few newspapers in the country that is willing to play watchdog to Canada's immigration system and offer balanced opinion on the matter.

It's disappointing the Toronto Star is unwilling to do the same since immigration has affected the city of Toronto more so than anywhere else in the country. It seems our moral and intellectual superiors on the Toronto Star editorial board are more concerned about selling ethnic audiences to advertisers than it is with encouraging a lively and democratic debate concerning immigration and Canada's demographic future. After all, the newspaper feels that it plays an important role in the democratic process by informing (and indoctrinating) the citizenry, making sure they don't harbour opinions that may hurt profits.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Canada Needs To Reduce Immigration Targets To Protect Canadian Families and Recent Immigrants As Global Recession Hits.

The OECD just said what every western politician knows but is afraid to say: the world has entered a global recession. You can read about it here at the Calgary Sun.

Thu, November 13, 2008

Global recession declared

UPDATED: 2008-11-13 09:47:03 MST
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


LONDON — The world’s developed economies, hard hit by the financial crisis, have slid into recession and will shrink further in 2009, a top international organization said Thursday.

In its latest economic forecasts, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said gross domestic product was likely to fall by 0.3 percent in 2009 for its 30 member countries, representing democracies with market economies.

It said the U.S. economy would contract next year by 0.9 percent, Japan’s by 0.1 percent and the euro area by 0.5 percent.

Additionally, it was the first time since 1974-5, when they were suffering from the Arab oil embargo and a severe bear market for stocks, that the U.S., Europe and Japan have fallen into recession.

This time, all three are shrinking in the same year;
in the wake of the first oil price shock in 1973, Japan saw negative growth in 1974 followed a year later by the U.S. and Europe.

I don't think I need to remind anyone about the job losses the Canadian economy is currently experiencing and these are not just any jobs but jobs that one can raise a family on. Just recently Nortel Networks anounced job cuts and may go into bankruptcy. CanWest Global Communications will cut 560 jobs from its workforce. Ford Motor Co. plants in Oakville and St. Thomas, Ontario, among others, will be idled for three weeks in December. Even Bay Street jobs are being axed. This is to say nothing of the jobs that have been lost.

Of course, we are told, that other parts of Canada are doing fine. Perhaps, but to what extent? What jobs are available there and are there enough for those who are out of work in hard hit central Canada?

What is clear is that this is no time to be bringing in over 250,000 immigrants and an equal amount of temp workers. Canadian families and recent immigrants need to be protected to help weather the storm and cutting immigration targets is one way to do it.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Ontario's 'have not' Status A Clear Call To Lower Immigration Targets.

Once considered Canada's economic engine Ontario's economy has taken a terrible beating due to the downturn in the manufacturing sector. And now it has joined the ranks of "have not" provinces. What this means is that for the first time Ontario will be accepting more in federal transfer payments than it contributes to federal coffers. This is part of a federal equalization program where all the provinces and territories contribute money to a central fund and from this fund money is doled to the provincial and territorial governments to meet their needs and social obligations. And since some economies are more robust than others some provinces end up paying more than what they receive. This has been true for Ontario for much of its history but not this time. And since some 40% of all immigrants to Canada are destined to settle in Ontario such numbers will only make the situation worse.

The following is from the Globe and Mail.

Struggling Ontario joins have-not ranks

Province sees new status as a 'short-term phenomenon,' but Ottawa's prognosis is much grimmer

By KAREN HOWLETT AND KEVIN CARMICHAEL
Tuesday, November 4, 2008


TORONTO -- Ontario will officially become a poor cousin of Confederation next year, and it is not at all clear whether Canada's most populous province will ever reclaim its status as the country's economic powerhouse.

[...]

Ontario's share of the equalization pie will amount to just $27 for every man, woman and child in the province. But it signifies a dramatic reversal of fortune for Canada's manufacturing heartland, which has in the past helped propel the rest of the country to prosperity. After decades of propping up the rest of the country, Ontario will now be on the receiving end of the subsidy program designed for the country's poorer provinces, collecting $347-million in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010.

Mr. Flaherty told reporters after a meeting at an airport hotel in Toronto with his provincial counterparts that he does not rejoice in the fact that Ontario has fallen on hard times. The province's struggling economy has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs, with no end in sight to the bleeding.

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The program is designed to give money to Canada's poorer provinces so they can provide social services comparable to those of the richer ones. Mr. Flaherty said the federal government will distribute $14.2-billion to every province except British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador in fiscal 2010, up 4.4 per cent from the previous year. It will be the first time Newfoundland has not collected equalization since the program was introduced in 1957. Quebec will receive the lion's share, totalling $8.3-billion.

Despite the changes to the program announced yesterday, it is likely there will be pressure to reform equalization further, because observers have said it is politically unpalatable to have smaller regions subsidize a province that produces about 40 per cent of the country's economic output. When Ontario was eligible for payments in the 1970s, when energy prices were soaring, Ottawa changed the equalization formula, and retroactively clawed back the province's payments.

This time around, Ontario is on the verge of "have-not" status because its prosperity is declining in comparison with that of the energy-rich provinces, leaving its standard of living below the national average.

It is apparent mass immigration cannot keep an economy forever robust. Once a selling point it is no longer feasible to say that immigrants create jobs (though they do keep those in the immigration industry happily employed). Such a remark has been quietly swept under the rug.

With almost half of all immigrants settling in Ontario it is unwise to keep immigrant numbers as high as they are now. To do so is an attack on the quality of life and the economic prospects of those who reside in Canada's most populace province. To keep immigration numbers high could only exacerbate the social problems that plague Toronto, problems that have now spread out to the city's surrounding communities.

Ontario may very well come out of its economic downturn but not in the immediate future. Ottawa has to cut immigration targets for the sake of those who live Ontario. Not to do so is just foolish.

Malton, Ontario: Too Many Immigrants, Not Enough Jobs.

The social problems that now plague Malton, Ontario could have been avoided, if not diminished, if Canada had a saner immigration system. Because of mass immigration a heavy influx of primarily South Asian immigrants into the community outpaced job growth and now Malton is witnessing rising crime rates. Read it here at the Toronto Star.

Malton battles its demons

Corner of Mississauga dealing with high crime, changing demographics, few job opportunities
Oct 31, 2008 04:30 AM
Kenyon Wallace
Staff Reporter


It's a refreshing outlook. Pride in Malton – the small, geographically isolated suburb in northeast Mississauga – is scarce these days. The modest neighbourhood, bordered by Brampton, Rexdale and Pearson International Airport, has seen an increasing number of homicides and other violent crimes over the past year.

[...]

But crime statistics give many residents and politicians pause. This year, five of Peel's 24 homicides occurred in Malton, many gang-related. According to Peel police statistics, violent crimes in 21 Division, which includes Malton and south Brampton, have increased steadily over the past three years, second only to Brampton's 22 Division. And while Peel saw an overall decrease in violent crime between 2006 and 2007, the decline was less than Toronto experienced.

Malton is a yet another example of a suburban area caught in the crosshairs of violent crime in a ring of lower-income neighbourhoods surrounding Toronto's more prosperous core. Some blame geography, arguing that gangsters from Rexdale and Brampton use Malton as a meeting ground for drug deals. Others say there aren't enough social services to keep immigrant kids occupied while their parents work two jobs.

Malton, once a centre for aircraft building and war pilot training, has been a community of working-class newcomers since the early British wave that settled in after World War II.

But the demographics have changed noticeably, as has the local economy. Postwar Italian and Polish immigrants have given way to those from South Asia and the Caribbean, and immigrants now comprise more than 64 per cent of Malton's population, according to a 2006 report by the Social Planning Council of Peel.

[...]

Joyce Temple-Smith, executive director of Malton Neighbourhood Services, says the area's biggest need is jobs.

"Not just any jobs, but jobs that pay enough to live a dignified life,"
she said.

That's wishful thinking since much of Canada's job growth is in jobs that won't pay for a dignified life and are often part time or temporary. But someone's got to do them and that's where immigration comes in particularly third world immigration because who else will do jobs that Canadians won't do at that pay? Such is the racism at the root of the "Canada needs more immigrants for job growth" crowd.

There is a connection between rising crime rates and mass immigration. Since much of the jobs immigrants were imported to fill are either non-existent or low paying Canada is effectively importing poverty. And poverty and high density are a potent mix.

I should also add that the Rexdale neighbourhood of Toronto as well as South Brampton are also immigrant heavy areas particularly South Asian immigration. And, like Malton, are home to similar social ills such as high density, few job opportunities, and low income families.

The social problems that now plague these communities can be controlled if we lower immigration numbers as one of many avenues to take. If we had never let Canada's immigration system get out of control in the first place then these problems could have been avoided altogether.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Diversity Is Our Strength: Racial Tensions Between Blacks and South Asians A Reality For Brampton.

When reading this article from the Toronto Star keep in mind that only whites are racists.

I also want to warn all "progressives" that the linked article doesn't gel with the multicultural, multiracial Utopian fantasy land that exists only in their heads and where the rides are free (but white males have to stand at the back of the line 'til everyone else gets their turn). So you better skip this and put your heads back in the sand.

Brampton wrestles with teen solitudes

Tensions in high school reflect divisions between blacks and South Asians
Nov 01, 2008 04:30 AM
Sandro Contenta
Feature Writer


The day 14-year-old Ravi Dharamdial was stabbed to death, police entered Brampton's Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School looking for a young black suspect.

Students were on edge. Some of the school's black pupils were especially concerned: They feared a backlash from students of South Asian background, says Brathwaite youth worker Everton Clennon.

"The black students in the school are scared to begin with," Clennon says. "They have to watch their backs when they're walking around the school."

Dharamdial's killing was the 24th in a record series of homicides in Peel Region this year, and raised questions about racial tensions in Brampton. Strains are being fed by a sharp increase in visible minorities, culture clashes in the home, "seething anger" from black youths feeling discriminated against, and a dearth of services and activities to channel restless young hormones.

It's often said that schools reflect their community. Clennon, for one, sees tensions in the hallways of Brathwaite, a 6-year-old school of 1,500 students in north Brampton. They culminated like a scene from a Greek epic poem, with each group selecting a "champion" for a one-on-one battle, Clennon says.

[...]

Seven years ago, whites were 60 per cent of the population. By 2006, visible minorities were 57 per cent. South Asians are the largest visible minority: 32 per cent of the population, more than doubled in the past five years. Blacks are second at about 12 per cent – up by 66 per cent. No other minority forms more than 3 per cent.

Some refer to the city's South Asian and black communities as "two solitudes." But Nurse, who represents north Brampton, says high schools are spearheading bridge-building efforts.

"If we do not keep pushing towards greater understanding on both sides, we could run into a problem in the future," she says. "I think there's enough smart people in this area who recognize it could turn into something explosive."

Race matters! We can pretend it doesn't but let's live in the real world shall we? And the more racially diverse this country gets the more racist Canadian society will become.

I argue that the best way to fight racism is to maintain the strength of the racial host majority with a collective visible minority population at no more than 15% of the populace. This way the host majority will not feel threatened of being turned into a racial minority group within their country and will be more accepting of racial minority groups. Otherwise you turn society into a combat arena with each racial group vying for economic and political supremacy and influence because after all, demography is destiny. Canadian society becomes fractured and clannish and Brampton is an example of that.

This report reminds me of a few summers ago when Italian youths of Woodbridge, Ontario clashed with South Asian youths from the Rexdale neighbourhood of Toronto in a series of altercations. These two communities are separated by Steeles Avenue with Woodbridge to the north and Rexdale to the south. I can't imagine that relations have improved since then.

Canada's immigration system should take into account that the host majority is predominately of European origin and it should protect that, not replace it. This is something I support for every country. No immigration system should threaten to turn the racial majority of a country into a racial minority. It's bad social policy.

What is clear is that the multicultural model is being proven unworkable by those who are supposed to show that it works. The alleged racial and cultural harmony of Toronto's streets is largely a facade. It's superficial. Each ethnic group tolerates each other so long as "the other" stays on his or her side of the fence. A friendly "hello" will suffice but don't you dare let your son date my daughter. Any cultural exchange happens mostly in the workplace but hardly is any of it social.

The social "progressives" have turned Canada into a pet hobby of theirs eager to prove to themselves and the world that they are right, that you can cram people of every racial, religious, and ethnic group into a society and make it work even though they still haven't got it right on a global scale. Canada is my country, not some "progressive" elite's social experiment.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Labour's Quick Reversal of An Earlier 'get tough' Approach On Immigration Is Nothing Short of Cowardice.

I wish I didn't have to report this but a reader brought it to my attention. This follows on the heels of this earlier report out of the U.K.

Tories get tough on immigration after Labour's U-turn on foreign workers

By Matthew Hickley
Last updated at 10:09 AM on 20th October 2008


The Tories today issued a new call for tougher curbs on immigration as they warned that more than 80 per cent of migrants to Britain since 1997 came from outside the EU.

Shadow home secretary Dominic Grieve said that official figures showed that 2.3 million people have moved here since Labour came to power. Of these, 1.96 million, or 84 per cent, came from outside Europe, where migration can be controlled, while only 374,000, or 16 per cent, had come from the EU.

Mr Grieve said the figures showed that the Government had displayed a " failure to control economic migration from outside the EU" and called for a " fundamental change in approach" that would restrict the numbers arriving from outside Europe.

The Tory attack follows the comments by the new immigration minister Phil Woolas who caused controversy at the weekend by suggesting that he wanted to curb migration to prevent Britain's population spiralling to more than 70 million - as official projections have suggested it will if the current rate of arrivals continue.

On Saturday, Mr Woolas had said he would make it harder for immigrants to come to Britain.

[...]

But when challenged over the detail of his proposals on Sunday, Mr Woolas appeared to be in full retreat.

He played down talk of a cap on immigration - as promised by the Tories - and apologised if people had been 'confused' by his statements.

Sometimes making the "tough" decision is the right decision and when it comes to immigration matters it appears that those on the "progressive" left are not only too cowardly to do the right thing but also impotent as well. It never seems to get into their heads that an out of control mass immigration system also hurts immigrants along with the labour movement and the working and impoverished classes. That's why I am totally baffled with Canada's labour friendly New Democratic Party whose criticisms of the immigration system is limited to advocating for greater numbers. The U.K.s Labour Party is equally disappointing and baffling with this latest reversal.

Fortunately for the U.K. they have a Tory Party that will openly demand decreased immigration numbers along with more controls. Here in Canada we get none of that.

Canada Needs Smarter Immigration, Not More Immigrants.

Despite a downturn in the world economy and mounting evidence that immigrants are having a tough time finding agreeable work, here in Canada, where up is down and right is left, we produce reports advocating increased immigrant numbers. The latest one was produced by the Conference Board of Canada. You can read about it here at the Toronto Star.

Economy will need more immigrants

Report says newcomers help fuel Canada's growth, but policies should make it easier for them to stay
Oct 25, 2008 04:30 AM
Nicholas Keung
Immigration/Diversity Reporter


Immigration levels in the country will have to go up significantly for future economic growth, the Conference Board of Canada reports.

To meet long-term domestic labour market needs and to remain competitive in the global search for talent Canada will have to increase its number of immigrants from the existing 250,000 to 360,000 annually by 2025.

The report highlights what should be done to meet the country's economic needs through immigration, including measures to allow the growing number of temporary foreign workers the option to become permanent residents. It also suggests increasing refugee intakes to maintain a well-balanced immigration system.

[...]

"Our policies are not just about what we want," Watt said in an interview. "Migrant workers and immigrants also have wants.

What about what Canadians want and what Canada really needs? As usual such concerns are never considered in Canada's high jacked and one sided (and non existent) immigration debate.

"Transparency about how the temporary and permanent systems actually work is crucial," cautioned the report, titled Renewing Immigration: Towards a Convergence and Consolidation of Canada's Immigration Policies and Systems, which looks at the immigration system from the perspective of Canada's economic needs.

[...]

With the increasing numbers of skilled immigrants and temporary workers, the report states refugee admissions, which have flatlined, should also be raised to meet the country's economic needs.

This report is nonsense outside of the concerns of the Conference Board's members and it reminds me of the one produced by the Royal Bank of Canada that called on Ottawa to increase immigration levels to 400,000 a year. The goals this report aims to achieve can be accomplished within the existing immigration system. All Canada has to do is make our immigration system smarter. Also, if Canada enacted policies that encouraged the natural growth rate then the nation's labour market needs can be satisfied by 2025.

It states that Canada will suffer a labour shortage in the ensuing years. How dramatic that shortage will be and its character is up in the air because no one really knows and thus such alarms are speculative (and effective in scarring a Canadian public to accept an immigration system it finds itself uncomfortable with). So, to fight this Canada needs more immigrants. Hogwash!

Only 20-25% of all immigrants to Canada are selected based on skills and labour market needs. Making up another 25% is their spouses and children. The other 50% are largely humanitarian (refugees, sponsored relatives). Therefore 75% of all immigrants to Canada do not enter the country to satisfy any particular job shortage. They are here for immigration's sake. If a looming skills shortage is on Canada's economic horizon then Canada can tweak its current immigration system to address this.

One way it can do this is to select young and single immigrants picked to relieve a particular sector of the labour market. This will eliminate excess immigration by importing spouses and children so Canada can focus squarely on labour market needs. Or it can allow immigrants with spouses and children to enter Canada along with their nuclear families and leave it there putting an end to "chain migration" via the family reunification stream which has mostly burdened Canada with unskilled workers.

Canada can modify its current immigration system so that if focuses more on importing needed workers instead of the paltry 25% of immigrants who, I might add, are having a difficult time finding jobs in their fields. By doing so Canada will not need to increase its immigration intake.

I am immediately suspicious of a report produced by a business advocacy group whose members want Canada to increase its immigration targets yet refuse to hire the immigrants already here. If the 25% of immigrants to Canada are having a difficult time now in finding related work in their fields, why does (and would) Canada need more immigrants? It's rediculous!

I think this report has more to do with increasing Canada's consumer base then it has to do with making Canada more competitive. Most consumer demand, and thus profits, are generated in the advanced industrialized societies. But these societies are dying and their consumer bases are shrinking due to an aging population coupled with a low birth rate. However the birth rates in the developing world are through the roof but these people are too poor to purchase the products made by western based companies. To keep consumer demand in the west forever increasing and buoyant it makes business sense to import consumers into a society that will enable them to consume in some fashion instead of leaving them in poorer societies where their capacity to consume is severely limited. It doesn't matter if they are on welfare or in low waged jobs they are better off here as consumers than they are in a poorer country.

The assumption is that increased consumption leads to jobs. But what if those jobs are outsourced to countries where wages are so low the workers cannot afford the products they make? Will there really be enough jobs in the future to accommodate an increased immigrant intake? I doubt it very much at least not the ones that will throw a life line to the ever shrinking middle class.

Again, read the comments to the news piece.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Canada should take note as the U.K. moves to cut immigration amid rising unemployment and fears of racial tension.

Harsh economic and social realities have compelled the United Kingdom to lower immigration targets amid rising unemployment and fears of increasing racial tension. What makes this announcement all the more astonishing is that it is a Labour Party government in London that's doing it. This is like an NDP government in Ottawa cutting immigration numbers but unlike their U.K. counterparts such talk will never come from the NDP who are just as dependent on "ethnic votes" as are the Liberal Party and increasingly the Conservative Party. This is ironic since immigration has always been, and still is, used as a weapon to attack the labour movement and any gains it has made for the working people of Canada over the past century.

You can read the story here at the Times Online.

Immigration to be cut as unemployment soars

Phil Woolas tells Times of urgent need for policy change to ease racial tension
Richard Ford, Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson


Strict limits are to be imposed on immigration amid fears that unemployment rises in the economic downturn will fuel racial tension.

[...]

In what many will see as extraordinary remarks for a Labour minister, he told The Times that the economic backdrop changed everything. “If people are being made unemployed, the question of immigration becomes extremely thorny . . . It’s been too easy to get into this country in the past and it’s going to get harder,” he said.

[...]

Until now the Government has shied away from curbing levels of immigration, which have reached record levels under Labour.

[...]

With immigration still a big issue of public concern, Labour is under pressure to toughen its approach after the Tories revealed plans for annual limits on numbers entering the country.

[...]

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, which argues for balanced migration, described Mr Woolas’s comments as a potential breakthrough. “It is the first time that a government minister has actually linked immigration and population. If they succeed in delivering, they will have done our country a considerable service,” he said.

It's unfortunate such frank discussion is rarely voiced by Canadian politicians especially from those whose party forms the current government. Those who do are typically denounced as racist or bigoted or xenophobic in the media and then told to shut up by party leaders when the only crime they committed was being patriotic.

What we really learn here is that there is such a thing as too much immigration and the United Kingdom has been forced to accept this fact whether it wanted to or not. Like Canada, public discourse concerning immigration in the U.K. has been dominated by multiculturalist rhetoric where the sky's the limit when it comes to setting immigration targets. But this is all fantasy. Focusing on the superficial benefits of mass immigration, like the diversity it brings and the many ethnic restaurants you can eat at, distracts us from addressing the more pertinent and pressing concerns that mass immigration imposes onto a host society. Such concerns are employment, poverty, crime, integration and assimilation, ethnic enclaving, transformation of Canadian public spaces to foreign ones, reducing the host population to minority status, immigrant as colonialist, threats to the environment, increasing density, traffic congestion and pollution, etc.

The U.K.'s recent reversal follows on the heals of Spain's immigration problem where boom times turned bust burdening that country with a superfluous immigrant population imported to feed the period of growth. And now the country doesn't know what to do with them. Australia revamped its points system that effectively weeds out immigrants before they land, a move that is enjoying remarkable success.

Of course we are told that Canada is suffering from a job shortage and therefore Canada's situation is different from the U.K. And so restricting immigration numbers it harmful to the current and future health of the economy. But what kinds of jobs are going unfilled is rarely made clear. When the details do creep out we learn that many of these jobs are part time or temporary and low waged. We are told immigrants are needed to sustain job growth even though many, many immigrants to Canada have failed to secure employment in their fields. The premier of Saskatchewan was in Ontario recently trying to attract immigrants to his "booming" province but admitted to the Toronto Star that many of the immigrants are overqualified for most of the jobs going unfilled leaving us to speculate as to what he means by that. Also, Canada has the highest educated workforce in the industrialized world, more so than the United States, Germany, and Japan so why more immigrants? Also, many immigrant communities are plagued by poverty rates and chronic underemployed yet if Canada is desperate for skilled workers then why are these immigrants skilled being passed over by Canada's business community? Can systemic discrimination always be the reason or is it becuase Canada's job shortage is mostly in low waged, low skilled, part time and temp jobs?

These lessons fall on deaf Canadian ears. The move to reduce immigration targets in the U.K. was barely mentioned in the Toronto Star (but generating many comments illustrating immigration is a hot topic for Canadians). As there are global examples that uncontrolled mass immigration is a problem, and that some countries are acting to control and restrict immigration, Canadians are still being told we need even more immigrants, the reasons being speculative and assumptive. As the U.K., Spain, and Australia seek greater control and restrictions to their immigration systems Canada is still being burdened with the highest immigration intake in the world and if some people have their way that burden will become heavier, economic and social realties be damned.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Importing the Third World Model: Mass Immigration Contributes to Canada's Income and Inequality Gap.

Canada's well indoctrinated journalists always fail to connect increasing poverty rates with Canada's mass immigration numbers even though there is much evidence to connect the two. That's because their brains have been programed not to. That's why they are working journalists. Canadian newspapers are first and foremost profit maximizing businesses overseen by a board of directors that pays close attention to stock quotes. And a newspaper's audience base is it's prime revenue generator becuase it is these figures coupled with circulation numbers that a daily uses to set prices to charge to potential advertisers.

Mass immigration increases population numbers and thus is a source of potential growth for Canada's journals of record. That's why they are almost all pro mass immigration and rarely offer dissenting views that have the potential to influence public opinion and policy makers that will result in lower immigration numbers. No journalist critical of mass immigration will get his or her work regularly published, let alone get hired, in any of Canada's newspapers becuase opinions supporting the reduction of immigration numbers is an attack on profits. That's why in this Toronto Star article no mention is made of how mass immigration may be contributing to the growing income gap.

Income gap growing wider

Canada lags behind 17 developed countries; has no detailed plan to fight poverty, study finds
Oct 21, 2008 04:30 AM
Laurie Monsebraaten
Social Justice Reporter


Poverty and inequality rates in Canada have been on the rise since 1995 and are now higher than the average developed nation, according to a new study.

The income gap is growing throughout the developed world, but the gap between rich and poor in Canada widened more dramatically than in most countries between 1995 and 2005, according to the report released in Paris today.

The above is made all the more clearer when mass immigration is taken into account. Over the past twenty years Canadian immigration policy has shifted away from meeting Canada's real economic needs and more to a humanitarian program where more unskilled immigrants enter the country than skilled immigrants. Canadian immigration policy is effectively divorced from economic necessity where downturns in the economy no longer compel governments to lower immigration targets. It was in the late 1980s (1988 I believe) when the Progressive Conservative government upped the immigration levels by 100,000 a year. It was also in the 1980s (1985 I believe) when the Singh decision was made granting Charter protection to anyone on Canadian soil prompting a flood of economic migrants to Canada's shores to pose as bogus refugees and abuse the asylum system. Being flooded with waves of superfluous people imported to fill vacancies in low wage part time and temp jobs, effectively attacking any gains made by the labour movement for fair pay and pay equity, it should be no surprise to learn that poverty and inequality rates have been on the increase since 1995. And now Canadian rates are higher than the average industrial nation. This too is no surprise. Canada has the highest immigration intake in the world doling out citizenship the way treats are given away on Halloween. If we include foreign workers and illegal immigrants (which includes failed refugees and those who have no intention of leaving after their visa expires) then it is likely Canada is taking in between 350,000 to 400,000 people a year.

"After 20 years of continuous decline, both inequality and poverty rates (in Canada) have increased rapidly in the past 10 years, now reaching levels above the OECD average," says the report.

As in other countries, more single-parent households and people living alone are contributing to income inequality in Canada.

And wages for the rich are increasing, while they have been stagnating or dropping for middle and lower income workers, the report says.

Most affected have been young adults and families with children.

Canada spends less on cash transfers, such as unemployment and family benefits, than other OECD countries and that may be one of the reasons the country fares worse than others, the report suggests.

The report echoes concerns raised by Canadian social research groups about growing income disparity in Canada at a time of strong economic growth.

What do I mean by "importing the third world model"? It is something I have borrowed from American lefty dissident Noam Chomsky and applied it to Canada. What it means is that advanced industrialized countries such as the United States and Canada are adopting the characteristics familiar with third world countries and their economies.

One key characteristic of the third world model is the high amount of foreign ownership of a third world economy. Here Canada can consider itself an honorary member as our country's economy is the most foreign owned of all the G8 nations.

The other key characteristic is great wealth disparity and it seems Canada is on track to satisfy this one as well. It is more than accepted now that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer in this country. The attack on the middle class is happening on several fronts and one of the key weapons is mass immigration. It makes no sense to be importing people into Canada's economy when all that awaits them are insecure jobs and poverty wages. It makes no sense to import people who flood labour markets and hinder or reverse wage and salary gains. It makes no sense to keep immigration levels high when poverty rates and inequality rates have been consistently increasing for the past ten years. It makes no sense to keep immigration levels high when the economic outlook is gloomy.

Such a study by the OECD should stop one to think about the situation and look to see what are its causes so the problem can be rectified. One of the major causes for Canada's poor performance is becuase of mass immigration. A chart accompanied the print edition of this piece and all the major immigration receiving nations (the U.K., the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada) fared relatively poorly. We are importing poverty.

If poverty activists are serious they should pressure the government to reduce immigration targets because large immigration levels hurt the most economically vulnerable of Canadians. Wages can be kept low, illegals can be exploited, and immigrants lured here on lies and materialistic fantasies of excess often find themselves in desperate situations when the harsh reality of Canada's labour market forces them to take any job just to survive. If Canada maintains its high intake of immigrants despite the warning signs suggesting that the numbers are too many then poverty rates will barely change and most likely keep increasing. Reducing immigration numbers is one of the issues we must address if we wish to get serious about poverty.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Mass Immigration Brings Record Murder Rate to Ontario's Peel Region.

Peel Region is on Toronto's western border and home to the cities of Mississauga and Brampton. Suffering from the spill over effect from Toronto caused by rapid population growth these once safe and relatively crime free cities are experiencing big city problems. But these towns are not that small anymore as immigrants unable to find affordable accommodations were forced to look at Toronto's border communities to find housing. And with them they brought over population and poverty, the kind of mix crime thrives in.

Here is a Toronto Star piece about the recent spat of violence that in the Peel Region pushing its murder rate to a record high.

Why so many murders in Peel?

Oct 16, 2008 04:30 AM
Robyn Doolittle
Bob Mitchell
Staff Reporters


In the wake of the deaths of four young men on the suburban streets of Mississauga and Brampton since Saturday, community leaders are warning of a potential explosion of youth violence in Peel Region.

They say the window of opportunity to gain control of the problem is rapidly closing as Peel's total homicide tally reached a record 24 on Tuesday.

[...]

"When you've got 30,000 new people coming into your community every year and a third of those are youth, and we don't have the capacity to provide the services (and) they're not getting the support they need, something is going to break and this is the tragedy," she said.

[...]

Tony da Silva, a trustee with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board, says the major fear is that as Peel gets larger and larger, urban issues such as guns, gangs and drugs are moving into the region.

"We want to address those early so they don't become larger issues, like some of the troubled communities in Toronto are having to deal with,"
he said.

[...]

When Raymond Caldeira moved to Brampton from Port Credit 15 years ago, he was looking for the quiet, family sitcom-style life.

"Brampton used to be a really nice place. Now it's just overpopulated big time," he said.

"It doesn't matter where you move. You can't shop. You can't park. You can't do anything. Everybody is just very inconsiderate – pushing and shoving."

Over the past five years, Brampton's population has swollen by 33 per cent. It's a similar story in Mississauga.

Of Peel's current population – 1.2 million – about 10 per cent live in poverty, said White.

With poverty comes crime.

Driving that population growth is immigration particularly South Asian immigration from the Punjab region of India. This is especially true for Brampton. Judging from the news reports many of the violent offenses that occur in Peel has a South Asian twist to it. Indeed, it seems Peel's Punjabi community is fearful of "Vancouver Style" teen violence as reported by this Toroto Star article.

Punjabis in Peel warn of teen violence

Say recent stabbing death could herald rise of a `Vancouver scenario' with teen gangs doing battle
Mar 09, 2007 04:30 AM
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San Grewal
staff reporter


The stabbing death of a Punjabi youth five weeks ago, allegedly at the hands of another Punjabi teen, has members of the community around Peel fearing a "Vancouver-style" conflict.

Atinder Singh, 18, of Brampton was killed after attending a house party in London Jan. 28.

Kulvir Grewal, 18, is charged with second-degree murder.

The incident underscores a deep problem within Peel's Punjabi community, say organizers of an anti-violence rally held last month.

"We don't want to see the Vancouver scenario here," says Rajveer Singh, referring to the more than 100 deaths in B.C. over the last 10 years involving Punjabi-on-Punjabi, gang-related violence.

Singh co-founded "End The Violence" an organization now active around Peel, in hopes of stopping escalating tensions within the region's Punjabi community.

At a rally last month at the Dixie Gurdwara, the largest Sikh temple in North America, more than a thousand students, many from rival groups, showed up, Singh says.

The tensions are "not as bad as Vancouver and it's not really organized here right now, but it's getting there," he said.


Here is a related news article.

34-month sentence 'nothing,' father says

31-year-old gave hoodie to alleged shooter still wanted by police in slaying of woman
Oct 15, 2008 04:30 AM
Bob Mitchell
Staff Reporter


A devastated father doubts the man who murdered his daughter Amretta four years ago will ever be caught.

But even if police arrest Vijayarajah (Vijay) Manickavasagar, a.k.a. "Bullet" – believed to be hiding in Sri Lanka – Jairam Singh wonders if justice will be served after yesterday's sentencing of a third man involved in his daughter's slaying.

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An Interpol alert remains in place for Manickavasagar, who police say fled to Sri Lanka within days of the deadly shooting. Now 27, he remains one of Canada's most wanted fugitives. Police say at the time of the killing, the man known on the street as "Bullet" was affiliated with three Sri Lankan gangs in the Greater Toronto Area: the Guilder Boys, the Kipling Boys and the VVT, an offshoot of the Tamil Tigers, a pro-separatist group in Sri Lanka.

Three Sri Lankan street gangs. And we gave refuge to these people. But if you read this blog you'll know I believe that most Sri Lankan refugees to Canada are bogus refugees anyways and the presence of three Sri Lankan street gangs on Toronto's streets is more proof to that.

Mass immigration has not been good to Peel Region as it has not been good to southern Ontario as a whole. There is a connection between mass immigration and rising crime rates in Canadian cities and that's because Canada is no position to absorb, socially and economically, the numbers of immigrants the country receives. And because of this immigration is sustaining existing poverty rates in Canada as well as creating poverty where there was none to be found. Canada accepts too many immigrants and if we wish to tackle poverty, the father of crime, then we need to accept this as fact and reduce the numbers.

See also:
As Canada's foreign born component increased so did it's number of gangs in Peel.
Calgary Centre MP Lee Richardson blames immigration for rising crime rates. Is he wrong?

Saturday, 11 October 2008

The truth to September's 'record job growth' is that most of those jobs are part-time.

While the headline "Record number of jobs created in September" may reassure mass immigration advocates that Canada's unacceptably high immigrant numbers are needed to fill job vacancies they should temper their enthusiasm with a dose of reality, an act I know is strange to them. Here is the Toronto Star article. While reading it keep in mind that 1/3 of all jobs are temp jobs.

Record number of jobs created in September

'Seems like everyone has a paper route these days,' economist says
Oct 11, 2008 04:30 AM
The Canadian Press


OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper leapt on the news that Canada created a record 107,000 new jobs last month as evidence his government has the right policies for the economy.

The massive number – the largest since Statistics Canada began tabulating labour statistics in this manner in 1976 – shocked economists who had been forecasting a modest pick-up in the 12,500 range.

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However 90 per cent of last month's new jobs – 97,000 – were part-time, and the official unemployment rate remained at 6.1 per cent because more Canadians were looking for work.

"It seems like everyone has a paper route these days," commented CIBC World Markets economist Avery Shenfeld. "How else to explain how Canada created 97,000 part-time jobs in a single month, during a period of severe economic strain across the country?"

The Canadian Labour Congress said the "low-quality" new jobs offer "an omen of tough economic times."

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Statistics Canada concedes the survey of 53,000 households has an error factor of plus or minus 43,500 jobs from the 107,000 number, 90 per cent of the time.

Is it just me or does there seem to be a lot of franchises going up all over the place. Is this the future job growth Canada is producing and needs immigrants for?

Mass immigration 'eating away at prime farmland'.

The actual title of this Toronto Star article is "Sprawl eating eating away at prime farmland" but I figured no point in dodging the real issue.

Sprawl eating away at prime farmland

At the same time, demand for locally grown food is on the rise, says Agricultural Action Committee
Oct 09, 2008 04:30 AM
Moira Welsh
Environment Reporter


Prime farmland in the greater Toronto region is being gobbled up by urban sprawl at the same time that consumer demand for locally grown food is on the rise, says an agricultural expert.

"Assuming sprawl will continue, it will eat up the better land in the GTA," Elbert van Donkersgoed, executive director of the Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee, said yesterday.

The greenbelt protections in the GTA – forbidding development on a tract of land that rings the region – do not protect much of the best quality farmland, van Donkersgoed said at a breakfast session of the Canadian Urban Institute.

"We have created a protected countryside. We have also left a whole chunk of the countryside unprotected."

Yet another report yet warning about the environmental consequences associated with urban sprawl and yet another report that fails to mention that mass immigration is the prime driving force behind it.

I'm going to say this again. No environmentalist can be taken seriously if he or she refuses to discuss mass immigration as a prime threat to the environment. If you really want to do something to protect Canada's farmlands and natural habitat then demand a reduction in Canada's immigration intake. This is the most cost effective solution that will produce the most immediate environmentally positive results. Doing so is a step in the right direction since Canada accepts far more immigrants than it really needs.

Private Member's Bill C-362 Is An Attack on Old Age Security and Canada's Seniors.

Here is a Toronto Star "pity piece" concerning the financial plight of immigrant seniors. These are not immigrants to Canada who became seniors while living and working in Canada. These are people Canada imported when they were at or above the age or retirement.

Many immigrant seniors `penniless'

10-year wait for benefits leaves them vulnerable and isolated, report says
Oct 09, 2008 04:30 AM
Nicholas Keung
IMMIGRATION/DIVERSITY REPORTER


At 73, Balkar Singh Bajwa cares for his two grandsons, taking them to school, parks and doctors' appointments.

At times, the Brampton man, a retired principal from India, gets calls to work as a certified Punjabi translator. The little money he makes is his sole income.

"Many of us, immigrant seniors, are penniless. If you need money, you have to put your hands out and ask your children for money," sighed Bajwa, who came here in 1999 under his son's sponsorship and is a naturalized citizen.

Doing the math this gentleman was allowed to come to Canada at the youthful age of 64. The question is why did Canada allow him to immigrate at such an old age when the nation has an aging population. According to the article, he was sponsored by his son who is legally obligated to met his father's needs. So why is the man needing to to ask his son for money when it is his son's obligation to do so? Did his son import his aged father to dump the financial obligations of caring for him, including publicly funded health care, onto the Canadian public? This Punjabi immigrant may feel embarrassed to extend his hand to his son for financial aid but he seems to have no problem extending his hand to the government.

Unlike their Canadian-born counterparts, most immigrant seniors are not entitled to government income supports, such as old age security or the guaranteed income supplement, until they have lived in Canada for 10 years.

In order to receive the maximum monthly benefits of $1,100, elderly immigrants must have lived in Canada for 40 years and arrived by the age of 18 to qualify.

That makes sense, so obvious in fact that I don't think I need to explain why.

Immigrant seniors from the 50 countries that have reciprocal agreements with Canada are not bound by the residency limit, but most of today's newcomers are from the developing world and lack any social safety net. About 2.3 per cent of Canada's annual 250,000 landed immigrants are seniors.

Doing the math again 2.3% of 250,000 is 5,750 a year. Over two years that's 11,500 seniors added to Canada's aging demographic by immigration. Over three years that's 17,250. In five years it's 28,750 extra seniors added. Rounding up, Canada adds an additional 30,000 seniors to its aging demographic every five years with an estimated 100,000 seniors waiting in the backlog. If our immigration system is supposed to combat Canada's aging population then why is it adding to it by importing 30,000 retirement age immigrants every five years?

This next part I consider an attack on old age security and Canadian senior citizens:

A private member's bill aimed at reducing the old age security residency requirement to three years died when Parliament was dissolved. It would have to be re-introduced under the new government.

The private member's bill mentioned above is Private Member's Bill C-362 and it was tabled by Liberal Party MP Ms. Colleen Beaumier. The riding she represented was Brampton West but with the dissolution of parliament Andrew Kania is the new Liberal Party nominee. Brampron Springdale is the eastern neighbour of Brampton West.

The city of Brampton resides within the Greater Toronto Area and has a significant immigrant Indian population particularly from the Punjab region of India, home to the majority of India's Sikhs. In Brampton, many of these Indian immigrants have settled in the relatively new urban-sprawl housing developments that make up the Brampton West and Brampton-Springdale ridings. The names of the directors of the Brampton West Liberal riding association are telling. The photo accompanying the Toronto Star article shows a Sikh gentleman in the picture.

I suspect political opportunism is at play here coupled with a sense of entitlement and not fairness to Canadian seniors. It seems some immigrants see Canada as a retirement plan, contributing little, if anything, to the country yet expecting to collect old age security and benefits. Also, some immigrants regrade Canada as a nursing home for their parents dumping the financial obligations onto the Canadian tax payers. We cannot afford this.

The apparent penniless state of immigrant seniors tells us of the sham that is the family reunification act. We are told immigrant communities, particularly South Asian cultures, value family above all else yet once their parents are imported it seems their obligation to them disappears and now their parents become burdens to the Canadian public. And now these seniors want access to Old Age Security after a mere three year residency. If given that will they demand the maximum benefits denied them becuase they did not immigrate here at the age of 18 and have resided in the country for 40 years? How will this affect Canadians seniors on a fixed income? Will we have to divert money out of other public services to fund immigrant seniors sense of entitlement?

It also shows how Canada's immigration system worsens the aging population problem while claiming to alleviate it. Furthermore, were are informed how the family reunification scheme has no real benefits for Canadian society if immigrants are importing their parents who then go on social assistance because their adult children reneged on their obligations to take care of them.

Regarding Private Member's Bill C-362 our sense of fairness tells us it is wrong and should be defeated. MPs representing ridings with significant immigrant populations may support it but that is due to political opportunism and not what is good and right with Canadians, especially Canadian seniors.

It seems many article commentators agree.

See Immigration Watch Canada here and here for more.