Don't shut door to unskilled: Premier
McGuinty cautions federal government on proposed changes to Immigration Act
Mar 27, 2008 04:30 AM
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.