Opposition raises discrimination fears
But immigration plan clears one challenge
Apr 10, 2008 04:30 AM
OTTAWA–Canada's immigration system is being made vulnerable to potential racism about who gets to stay in the country, opposition critics say.
Despite these warnings, the Conservative government's proposed changes to immigration cleared an NDP challenge in the House of Commons last night, when all Liberals in attendance avoided casting protest votes that could have provoked a snap election.
Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla suggested the Tories would be more friendly to potential immigrants from ethnic communities they are trying to court for political reasons.
"I think they're really picking and choosing for political purposes which communities they want to work with, and that is why there is a fear among these communities that the immigration laws being proposed right now are going to have an impact on them," Dhalla (Brampton-Springdale) told reporters.
Her comments are disingenuous because the Liberal party has been playing this game for decades and I am certain she is well aware of it. Indeed, the South Asian community that she represents, particularly Sikh, have been prime benefactors of Liberal largesse when it comes to immigration. The following are quotes from an article I blogged about in an earlier thread you can read here.
Bogus "nannies" are among many fraudsters seeking entry into Canada through a $25-million immigration office in India that was opened in 2004 for political reasons, according to newly released internal documents.
"Fraud is omnipresent in [the Indian town of ] Chandigarh and is found in every sort of document, Indian and Canadian," according to the Canadian diplomatic mission's 2006-07 annual report obtained by Vancouver lawyer Richard Kurland.
Mr. Kurland said the documents prove bureaucrats were correct and the politicians, anxious to reward Punjabi-Canadian Liberal supporters clamouring for better immigration services, were wrong to open the mission.
"Liberals yearned for Indo-Canadian votes, and even though officials advised politicians that Chandigarh was always a hotbed of false documents, Liberal politics trumped logic," Mr. Kurland told CanWest News Service.
Canada has the only diplomatic mission in the city, so there are no suitable schools for children, and few opportunities to socialize.
The Punjab region of India is home to most of India's Sikhs as is a significant percentage of the South Asian community in Brampton-Springdale and their votes played a significant role in getting Ms. Dhalla elected, herself being of South Asian heritage. Why is she expressing concern now that Canada's immigration system may be subjected to alleged ethnic favourtism when this has been going on for years under Liberal party tutelage and it is becuase of ethnic favourtism, and the Liberal party penchant for "picking and choosing for political purposes which communities they want to work with", that has benefited South Asian, particularly Sikh immigration, in the first place?
South Asian and Chinese immigration show political favouritism and a lack of real diversity.