Tories accused of returning to Reform policy
Dion says proposed immigration changes are bid to implement 20-year-old promise
Apr 02, 2008 04:30 AM
Ottawa Bureau Chief
Federal opposition parties are stepping up their criticism of a contentious overhaul of Canada's immigration system, accusing the Tories of trying to implement 20-year-old Reform party policies.
Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion yesterday cited the 1988 election platform of the Reform party, a precursor of the Conservatives, that said "immigration should be essentially economic in nature."
"Immigrants should possess the human capital necessary to adjust quickly and independently to the needs of Canadian society and the job market," said the Reform document distributed by the Liberals.
It says that immigration should not be designed to "radically or suddenly alter the ethnic makeup of Canada, as it increasingly seems to be."
Yesterday, Dion said those policies are the motivation behind sweeping proposals to allow the government to give priority to immigrants it deems desirable, such as workers whose skills are in demand, while refusing applications from other categories of immigrants.
Can somebody tell me what is wrong with that 1988 Reform party policy? Seriously! I guarantee if Canadians were polled the majority of respondents would support it. Why? Because it makes sense!
Should Immigrants be selected based on their capacity "to adjust quickly and independently to the needs of Canadian society and the job market"? Heaven forfend! That the ethnic makeup should not be disturbed by immigration? Goodness gracious NO!
The reason why immigration should not disrupt the ethnic or racial make up of a country, as it is doing to Canada, is that nobody wants to be an ethnic or racial minority including minorities in Canada which is why they overwhelmingly support mass immigration of their people into Canada. It's about race so why should Canadians be harangued for desiring to keep Canada majority white? What's wrong with that? I argue that keeping Canada majority white is sound for the sake of curbing racism and discrimination.
As for immigrants possessing pertinent job skills well that's self evident but it seems the Liberals are all for the mass importation of unskilled people which is strange considering all the talk about looming skills shortages. So who does Canada's immigration policy really serve? Canadians? Not likely.
It is in the power of the Liberal party to defeat the government over this and force an election but they won't do it which goes to show how serious they are about the issue. If an election were called it is will most likely end with another Conservative minority and signal the end of Dion's political aspirations. You see politics is more about getting elected and less about governing. For this reason the Liberal party, and the NDP as well, have been supporting and adding to Canada's monster of a mess immigration system. It delivers them votes. As for the problems it creates, let Canadians deal with it and pay for it too.