Canada's median wage drop explained
Trevor Lautens, Special To North Shore News
Published: Friday, May 09, 2008
[...]But Top People, and the media who serve them and know how far to go too far, as the Frenchman said, are reluctant to chase them -- because some are decidedly politically incorrect. Let me count the ways.
Immigrants. StatsCanada also reported that since 1980 immigrants have sharply lower incomes than those before 1980. But Proper Canadians (whose field marks include moral superiority to the Americans and faith in collective action and expanding government) shrink from joining the dots.
Let me help by stating the obvious. In recent decades immigration, especially in British Columbia, has massively swung away from Europe to the less-developed (awful phrase) world like China, South Asia, Iran -- people whose language and very alphabets are utterly dissimilar, and whose cultures and religions are not only unlike but in some cases hostile to the values and norms of the West, especially of what brilliant writer Mark Steyn (now there's a man embroiled in the new, Proper Canada's grim Star Chambers and kangaroo courts) calls the Anglosphere, the global community of English-speaking people.
Those earlier, post-Second World War immigrants -- I think fondly of the Dutch especially, but too many more to list -- had no illusions about, and no desire to avoid, "assimilation," a world less likely to appear in correct Canada these days than the four-letter one for fornication.
The plucky (another vanished word) of any nationality can overcome anything, as many praiseworthy immigrants have. But any immigrants to Canada without English, notoriously hard to learn and internationally valued -- see the April 28 New Yorker story on Li Yang, who literally shouts what he calls "Crazy English" to his students in China -- or French, are likely to settle into ethnic ghettos where they are vulnerable to exploitation, including lousy under-the-table wages, especially by their own nationals.
Future Canadians will indict us for our interminable obsession with past injustices to aboriginals while winking at present exploitation of immigrants, notably Filipina nannies and Sikh dump-truck drivers (and their squeezed owners at the bottom of the construction food chain).
And not to pass over "soft discrimination" -- protectionism by any term -- levied by professional associations against immigrants like doctors and veterinarians, forced to take menial jobs belying the promises of this land of opportunity.
So it's not surprising that, as a group, immigrants for decades have dragged down Joe and Jane Median's income.
The fact that Canada accepts too many immigrants and of lesser value than it has in previous decades is a factor as well.