Saturday, 23 February 2008

Members of the Immigration and Refugee board make $112,000 a year.

Nice job if you can get it.

Do you think that is too much? I do considering the fact that these are political appointments often serving as rewards for loyal service, lobbying, or just good old fashioned tokenism. Whatever the case may be many of the appointees lack the knowledge or credentials to adequately serve as impartial and objective members of the IRB. As a recent Toronto Sun article pointed out complaints were filed that two new appointees to the IRB are in positions of conflict of interest. You can read the whole article here. In some cases the appointees may be immigrants or former refugees as well. How can these people be impartial when assessing the files of fellow countrymen seeking entry to Canada?

Should it be of any wonder then that Canada has the highest refugee acceptance rate in the entire western world and the highest immigration acceptance in the whole world? Can you see why many critics call Canada's immigration system an industry when positions commanding salaries of $112,000 a year are at stake? Can you see why Canada's immigration and refugee policy needs reform?


Anonymous said...

In some cases the appointees may be immigrants or former refugees as well. How can these people be impartial when assessing the files of fellow countrymen seeking entry to Canada?

Other areas of concern to me are international airports where customs and immigration guessed it...are also recent immigrants themselves!

As a Canadian-born white man, there is nothing more irksome to me when disembarking from an international flight in my own country, then being interrogated by the same people whose recent 3rd world roots, originate in the country I just traveled from. At these times, it becomes necessary to double-check whether I have landed in Canada. Looking down at other check-points, there are few white faces deployed, which leads me to question the government's intent in this situation. Is this a surreptitious attempt by government to demonstrate to world travelers how 'tolerant' and multicultural we are?

Perhaps, these vital customs and immigration jobs are those that unemployed Canadians aren't interested in doing, so they go to new immigrants. Or, maybe we're trying to impress visitors that Canada is "we are the world" and we're so multicultural and tolerant. (Along the same mindset when a Black immigrant Haitian woman was given the prestigious title as the Governor-General of Canada)

Anyhow, one must wonder, how a new turban-wearing immigrant setting foot in Canada for the first time, must be thinking when the first "official" he meets up with....looks like him!

I don't have a rational explanation for this phenomena but it's NO coincidence this just's designed this way. As you've already implied, PaxCanadiana, the fox has been employed to guard the hen house.

Anonymous said...

Oh....I see that I repeated my sarcasm.

No harm done...sometimes it takes several times before it sinks in.

Or quoting German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer:

"All truth passes through three stages.

First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

PaxCanadiana said...

If Canadian hiring practices are compelled by law to discriminate based on gender and race to reflect the diversity of society then can we not apply that same principle to our immigration policy? If 82% of Canadians are white then shouldn't 82% of our immigrants be white as well?

Anonymous said...

What did Ex PM Mulrony say about Salaries?
To attract the best you got to pay up, way up...
We know what he meant, he couldn't resist some extra cash-hush-cash himself..
PM sets examples, that simple...
A rotten fish stinks from the head down..
if immigration here and actually lots of other places boggles your mind google Kevin McDonald and read for yourself....

Anonymous said...

Let's be honest. Among nations that are predominantly "white", where does Canada really rank as a place that's popular for emigrating to? I'm not talking about the 1800's or the early 1900's - I'm talking about right now. Canada is only popular currently amongst people in countries where the government and/or the economy suck. Africans, South Asians, Mexicans, Central and South Americans, the Caribbean, China, the Philippines, the Middle East, and Eastern Europeans. If Canadians could reproduce more, or manage to convince the kind of people that it really wants to move to Canada, then it wouldn't have to resort to scraping the bottom of the barrel. Also, the reason why you see so many ethnic Border Services Officers and members of the IRB is because they're the only ones willing to do the dirty work. $52,000/yr for a BSO and $112,000/yr for an IRB member is NOT a lot. White Canadians these days want the high paying Bay Street jobs, not being a glorified security guard at the airport or dealing with refugee claimants who barely speak the language and are probably lying anyway. Truth be told, there are many white BSO's and IRB members, dedicated, loyal, public servants, but there are also those qualified enough who would rather make more money doing something less stressful, or who would love the job(s) but just don't have what it takes. The immigrants are just happy to fill in the gaps.

Anonymous said...

By virtue of the fact that contributors to this blog have a) located it; and b) took the time to leave a comment suggests that they hold strong opinions about immigration. If that is the case, do they really want to have persons who are willing to perform quasi-judicial work for LESS than 100K a year? I am quite familiar with the process and can tell you that, if done PROPERLY, the job requirements are no push over. The position demands a thorough knowledge of immigration law, immeasurable patience, and superior communication skills. If anything, the beef shouldn't be with the salary so much as the appointment process. The suggestion that members assessing the files of "fellow countrymen" [ie. non-white persons] can not be impartial, suggests that only a) white Anglo-Saxons; b) white French-Canadians; or c) Aboriginals need apply. Using the same logic, we should not have white judges hearing the cases of white persons etc. That level of analyses lowers the level of debate, and will render Canada a non-player in the new global community.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the lot of you are unemployed bigots!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe the amount of ignorance and blatant racism I see on this blog. What a disgrace to Canada and to humanity.

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