Tory MP blames immigrants for crime
By Steve Rennie, THE CANADIAN PRESS
"Look at who's committing these crimes ... They're not the kid that grew up next door," Richardson told the Calgary newsmagazine Fast Forward Weekly.
"Particularly in big cities, we've got people that have grown up in a different culture," he said.
"And they don't have the same background in terms of the stable communities we had 20, 30 years ago in our cities and don't have the same respect for authority or people's person or property."
Richardson later said he regretted the remarks and was referring to a "small minority" of people.
"I soon realized that my comments could be misconstrued in a way that does not reflect my longstanding support for immigration and diversity," he said in a statement released Thursday.
I don't think this man is a racist and he should not resign his seat for making the comments that he did even though the major opposition parties, all of them being left of centre which is a testament to the lack of real political diversity in this country, are clamoring for him to step down.
But is he wrong? It's hard to tell since race based statistics, including citizenship status, regarding crime are not kept. But if a daily reading of the pro-mass immigration, pro multiculturalism, "progressive" left of centre Toronto Star is any indication of who is committing much of the crime in Canada's largest and most diverse city then it would appear that Lee Richardson was not speaking out of line.
If someone is slain or murdered either by gun play or other then more often than not the perpetrator and victim are non-white which should not be mistaken for black. Even though the black community is plagued by gun violence surprisingly I have found that more members of the South Asian and Asian communities are victims of and perpetrators of violent crime than whites.
If drugs are involved then it is either biker gangs or Hispanics but mostly it is Asian gangs particularly when it comes to the production of pot or ecstasy. The past several news reports concerning drug busts reads like a Chinese phone book. Vancouver police have gone so far as to admit that Vancouver's pot trade is controlled by Vietnamese gangs.
Whites can still boast that they are number one when it comes to sex assault charges and corporate fraud but outside of those they have lost ground almost entirely to the non-white populace.
Anyone living in Toronto and the surrounding area can vouch for what I just wrote. Mass immigration has not made Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area any safer. If Toronto is as safe as it ever was then why are Toronto schools now being patrolled by police officers?
Ignoring the role mass immigration has played in escalating crime rates across the country is a disservice becuase failure to do so prevents us from talking about it and correcting the situation. If Lee Richardson is to be understood correctly he is saying that immigrants are committing crimes out of proportion to their numbers. And, if I may add, if it is not them then it is their Canadian born children. I believe this to be true. We are told that crime rates are in fact down but relative to what year? According to this Toronto Police detective crime rates are not down just the reporting of them are. In Ottawa more than half the members of its street gangs are foreign born.
How has mass immigration contributed to this increase in crime across the country? For starters, the very fact that Canada accepts far too many immigrants is the main problem. It makes it all the more difficult to weed out criminals. Secondly, our refugee system is ripe for abuse and is most likely the main avenue criminals use to get into the country. This is why refugees should be vetted abroad before they are allowed to set foot on Canadian soil. Thirdly, mass immigration contributes to the sustaining of and increase of poverty rates in Canadian cities. It is no coincidence that high crime areas of Toronto are also immigrant heavy areas. Fourth, some immigrant groups have recreated the social dysfunctions in Canada that has rendered their home countries failures. It may be true that those who have committed the crimes in Canada are Canadian born but Canada is not to blame for their behaviour since these kids were raised in a cultural environment more akin to the home country of their immigrant parents than one of Canadian values. Canada should stay clear of the trap of cultural relativism and be more discriminating in the selection of its immigrants with particular attention being paid to countries with incredible crime rates.
Many immigrants come to Canada to escape crime in their home countries. What does it say about this country when these immigrants who came here encounter the crime they were trying to flee? How valuable does the immigrant see him or herself when they witness that Canada is importing and even granting citizenship to criminals? What does it say about the value of Canadian citizenship as a whole?
Increases in immigration rates and increases in crime rates: Is there a connection?