[...]the Alberta Federation of Labour is squaring the debate with today’s labour market realities. A paper by Herbert Grubel, for instance, blames Canada’s poor selection criteria and high rates of immigration for the failure of recent immigrants to achieve incomes comparable to resident Canadians, even though previous immigrants did so within 10 years of arrival. Accordingly, Immigration and the Welfare State in Canada, published by the Fraser Institute, estimates a cost to Canadian taxpayers of more than $18 billion for immigrants who arrived between 1990 and 2002.
[...]In 2002, 23.3 per cent of all Canadian immigrants were principal applicants, that is skilled workers who acquired sufficient points for language, skills, etc., under Canada’s selection criteria to gain admission to Canada while their spouses and dependents, who are allowed automatic entry, comprised a further 30.5 per cent. Together, at 53.5 per cent of total immigrants, they made up the bulk of Canada’s Economic Immigrants.
Family-class immigrants, at 28.5 per cent of the total in 2002, are the other dominant set. Consisting of parents and grandparents (9.8 per cent) and “immediate” family members (18.7 per cent), these immigrants must be sponsored. Like parents and grandparents, the myriad cousins, uncles, in-laws, sisters and fianc‚s are then able to sponsor other “immediate” family members, leading to a phenomenon known as “chain” migration. In other words, family-class immigrants meet no selection criteria. This means they often arrive with no language or job skills and a commensurately diminished capacity for paying taxes and social integration.
[...]the number of ethnic enclaves - defined as “census” regions where at least 30 per cent of the population is of a particular ethnic background - rose to 254 by 2001, from six in 1981.
[...]the president of the Alberta Federation of Labour told me how, even in booming Alberta, there is no blanket shortage of labour. “Overall, the market is tight but absolute shortages exist only in certain sectors. In others, like natural gas, forestry and agriculture, workers are being laid off,” Gil McGowan said
If you want to effectively challenge the status quo and reform the system you need to arm yourself with the facts.