Thursday, 27 March 2008

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty supports the mass importaion of unskilled immigrants.

Dalton McGuinty is just another run of the mill politician whose policies bend with the direction of the wind. To his credit, and to my surprise, he put a stop to the Islamic expansionist drive to give Sharia law a foothold in a western jurisdiction via family law in the Ontario arbitration act by revoking the act altogether. It was the right thing to do and I was surprised Dalton McGuinty did it because after all he is a Liberal premier. But when it comes to immigration issues he is just as ignorant as is any politician at the provincial or federal level. Were he informed of the mess that is Canada's immigration system he wouldn't say the things he said. Here is the article care of the Toronto Star.

Don't shut door to unskilled: Premier

McGuinty cautions federal government on proposed changes to Immigration Act
Mar 27, 2008 04:30 AM
Richard Brennan

OTTAWA–The federal government would be making a "huge mistake" by turning its back on immigrants just because they don't have a particular skill, Premier Dalton McGuinty says.

"I wouldn't want to shut out folks who don't have a skill," he told reporters yesterday, referring to the Conservative government's proposal to streamline the process for immigrants bringing skills desperately needed in Canada.

Canadians are sold on unpopular mass immigration levels by being incessantly told that we are in a labour shortage crisis and that Canada needs mass immigration to import those with the necessary skills to fill job vacancies. So why are we importing unskilled immigrants in the first place? Is it to fill low waged and unskilled jobs that middle class Canadians are too good for? Is it becuase middle class Canadians need third world immigrants to take care of their children and clean their toilets? Do they need third world immigrants to ensure wages are low so that middle class Canadians wouldn't have to suffer a 5 cent increase in the purchase of a cup of coffee so that Tim Horton's could pay it's employees a livable wage? Isn't it funny how I am the racist?

McGuinty said if those kinds of barriers had been in place, his family would have never emigrated to Canada from Ireland during the 1845-1852 potato famine.

"We had no skills, we couldn't speak English and we were dirt poor. But we were looking for opportunity and we brought with us a solid work ethic," he said, during a tour of a carpentry class.

Irish immigrants could not speak English in 1845? That news to me. In any event what he is doing is engaging in historical relativism as if Canada of 2008 is no different from the Canada of 1845. The times are different and thus Canada's immigration system should reflect the time and the needs of the country. The mass importation of unskilled immigrants in 1845 may have been acceptable but it isn't now. Besides what he is saying is no different from someone saying that since one of their eight or ten friends is an immigrant then therefore all immigration is good. The faulty reasoning is obvious.

Meanwhile, the federal Conservatives' assault on the Ontario government continued yesterday with an accusation that McGuinty ran a ``sponsorship-style" slush fund.


"All Dalton McGuinty has ever done on immigration is run a sponsorship-style slush fund that cost him his citizenship minister," Poilievre told The Canadian Press. "So we won't be taking any advice from him on immigration."

He was referring to Mike Colle, who resigned last year when it was revealed his department gave $32.4 million to multicultural groups with no oversight procedures.

Since this reporter used the word "assault" to describe a justified criticism of the Ontario Premier displays the bias from another one of the Toronto Star's "diverse writing staff". It is not an assault on Ontario. Smarten up!

Second of all congratulations to Tory MP Pierre Poilievre (Nepean-Carleton) for telling it like it is. The tax payer funded ethnic vote pandering scandal by the McGunity Liberals spearheaded by Liberal MPP Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence) - who is an immigrant from Italy - was shameful but not enough to prevent Mike Colle from getting re-elected which illustrates the stupidity of Toronto voters or the power of the ethnic vote or both. But Poilievre is right and good for him to sticking to his guns.

Dalton McGuinty is responding to the very necessary overhaul of the immigration department by the federal Tories. I haven't blogged on it yet but I will get to it in time. But if Toronto Liberals and the Toronto Star are expressing concern over the overhaul then it must be the right thing.

If Canada is mass importing unskilled labour it should alert us to how serious the skills shortage really is not. Also, it is the mass importation of unskilled labour, which includes family members and refugees who do not need relevant job or language skills to enter Canada, that is contributing to poverty rates in Canada and creating slums and unsafe neighbourhoods. If Dalton McGunity wanted to effect positive change in Canada's immigration system he would support restrictions on unskilled and family class immigrants. But since the Liberal's are dependent on the ethnic vote and getting elected is more important than governing you cannot expect a Liberal politician, or NDP or Green for that matter, to do what is necessary. It took a Conservative government and they deserve our support.


Andrew White said...

In fact Pax, the mass Irish Catholic famine migration was enormously unpopular in the pre-Canada of 1845. The slum of Griffintown in Montreal, home to impoverished and disease ridden Irish, was called a British conspiracy to destroy the Gallic fact in Quebec by French-Canadians.

"An Unprecedented Influx": Nativism and Irish Famine Immigration to Canada.


During the dreadful famine summer of 1847, as thousands of indigent Irish streamed from floating "coffin ships" to meet their fate in the cities and countryside of British North America, a growing number of people vociferously expressed fears that had been simmering for well over a decade. Disquieted members of Canada's House of Assembly, for example, unanimously agreed to address Queen Victoria with their "apprehensions" concerning the "unprecedented influx of Emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland in a state of destitution, starvation, and disease, unparalleled in the history of this province." [1] Genuine concern for the condition of the immigrants was swiftly tempered, and then virtually disappeared, as native-born and immigrant Protestants considered the possible ramifications that the accelerated introduction of large numbers of Irish Catholics would have on British North American society. Within a decade, the same Toronto newspaper that had once greeted the famine migration with humanitarian appeals for aid had hardened its opinion into a nativist resolve to bar further Irish-Catholic emigration entirely. In response to news from the United States that thousands of "unenlightened and bigoted Romanists" might slip northward across the border, the Globe predicted "a great calamity, dangerous to our civil and religious liberty, a calamity which every true patriot, Protestant as well as Roman Catholic, should endeavour, by all means in his power, to avert.[...]

The famine migrants fundamentally altered Canada's demographic profile. [11] With some notable exceptions, including Native peoples, blacks, and pockets of European immigrants, the British North American colonies were relatively homogeneous well into the nineteenth century. Anglo-Saxon and Gallic influences predominated, reflecting the classic British and French "European charter groups" of colonial Canadian history. While revisionist scholars have convincingly demonstrated that a significant number of Irish Catholics were present in Canada before the years of the potato blight, most agree that the Irish famine migrants had a profound and lasting influence, especially in the principal ports of embarkation. [12] In 1847 alone, Canada absorbed approximately one hundred thousand arrivals, of whom roughly 90 percent were Roman Catholics. By the time the famine abated and Irish-Catholic immigration dropped precipitously in the early 1850s, tens of thousands of newcomers had landed, ensconced themselves in urban enclaves, and moved into hinterland communities in search of farmland and work. [13] Migration patterns varied significantly, however, so sketches of the individual colonies during the famine years will help to establish a framework for gauging the regional nuances of Canadian nativism. [14]"

PaxCanadiana said...

Interesting. I didn't know that.

The way Dalton McGuinty talked you're left with the impression that Irish immigration was encouraged and welcomed but one should never let the facts interfere with a good story.

However to compare the Irish immigrants of yesteryear to the largely mass importation of Third World immigrants of today is disingenuous. Both need to be looked at in the context of its day.

Andrew White said...

It's also a whole big lump of ingratitude. His family, his people and his God find salvation in a foreign land of a founding people who rightfully were disconcerted with the forced migration. 150 years later that charity is returned with a great big slap in the face. Immigrants are a political expedient no doubt, but this seems bigger. It's Edmund Spenser, Cromwell, the Famine and the Troubles all rolled up into a seething knot of Anglo/Irish Catholic bitterness.