Support for foreign worker program waning
More than half of Canadians oppose recruiting temporary workers overseas to boost workforce
Apr 25, 2008 04:30 AM
More than half of Canadians are opposed to recruiting temporary workers overseas to help ease Canada's labour shortage, says a national poll released yesterday.
The Angus Reid poll for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, a Vancouver-based think-tank on Asia, also found the majority of Canadians continue to welcome immigrants from Asia, though the goodwill has been waning, especially in Quebec, where support for Asian immigration has plummeted from 83 per cent a year ago to 44 per cent today.
What a difference a year makes. The vast majority of immigrants to Canada come from the Asian continent, revealing any claims of diversity and multiculturalism to be a farce. Recent census data reveals that half of Canada's visible minorities are either South Asian (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh) or Chinese. You can see the reality of this fact just by walking the streets of Toronto or Vancouver. In these cities multiculturalism means South Asian and Chinese with a few countries thrown in for good measure. It's a joke but it came to be this way because of political decisions to give India and China favoured nation status when it comes to immigration. There is no real reason for Canada to be accepting so many immigrants from just two countries if we remove the political motive from the equation. Read here and here for more on this.
Of all the provinces, support for the federal government's temporary foreign worker program was highest in Alberta (58 per cent), Manitoba/Saskatchewan (55 per cent) and British Columbia (49 per cent).
However, in Ontario and Quebec, where people have been affected by a recent economic downturn and job losses, only 39 per cent of people were in favour of the program. Nationally, only 44 per cent supported the temporary worker program.
Ontario also receives the lion's share of immigrants and I can assure you many Ontarians are displeased with the demographic changes occurring in their province. Canadians are not leaving Toronto to escape inflated housing prices alone.
Funny, after all the decades of the propaganda Canadians have been forced fed by their moral and intellectual superiors on the left, extolling the virtues of mass immigration and multiculturalism, here is another poll suggesting Canadians just aren't buying it. It's because the elites in the mass media are out of touch with the average Canadian and they just don't get it. It's also because most Canadians are sensible and patriotic when it comes to jobs. They see no sense in brining in foreign workers that Canadian can be trained for. As I wrote below, Canada is the most educated country in the industrialized world. Canada is home to a greater proportion of college educated and university educated workers than the United States, Germany, and Japan. In other words Canada already has a skilled labour force that is ready to be retrained to fill existing job shortages.
The problem is that the business community is unwilling to train and retain workers, opting instead to offload such an investment onto the individual. Since that is the case the labour force has developed a mercenary character to it where employees feel no attachment or loyalty to their employer and are always on the look out for a better offer and will jump ship when he or she finds it. Thus, not only has the business community helped create the alleged skills shortage they also have a problem of holding onto these employees. The business community only has itself to blame. But what's more accurate it that the business community is in desperate need of cheap labour and Canadians are too expensive. Read here, here, here, and here for more on this.
Read here, here, here and here for more on how mass immigration and the scarcity of good paying jobs is creating poverty in this country.
Read here and here for related polls.