Mass immigration increases population numbers and thus is a source of potential growth for Canada's journals of record. That's why they are almost all pro mass immigration and rarely offer dissenting views that have the potential to influence public opinion and policy makers that will result in lower immigration numbers. No journalist critical of mass immigration will get his or her work regularly published, let alone get hired, in any of Canada's newspapers becuase opinions supporting the reduction of immigration numbers is an attack on profits. That's why in this Toronto Star article no mention is made of how mass immigration may be contributing to the growing income gap.
Income gap growing wider
Canada lags behind 17 developed countries; has no detailed plan to fight poverty, study finds
Oct 21, 2008 04:30 AM
Social Justice Reporter
Poverty and inequality rates in Canada have been on the rise since 1995 and are now higher than the average developed nation, according to a new study.
The income gap is growing throughout the developed world, but the gap between rich and poor in Canada widened more dramatically than in most countries between 1995 and 2005, according to the report released in Paris today.
The above is made all the more clearer when mass immigration is taken into account. Over the past twenty years Canadian immigration policy has shifted away from meeting Canada's real economic needs and more to a humanitarian program where more unskilled immigrants enter the country than skilled immigrants. Canadian immigration policy is effectively divorced from economic necessity where downturns in the economy no longer compel governments to lower immigration targets. It was in the late 1980s (1988 I believe) when the Progressive Conservative government upped the immigration levels by 100,000 a year. It was also in the 1980s (1985 I believe) when the Singh decision was made granting Charter protection to anyone on Canadian soil prompting a flood of economic migrants to Canada's shores to pose as bogus refugees and abuse the asylum system. Being flooded with waves of superfluous people imported to fill vacancies in low wage part time and temp jobs, effectively attacking any gains made by the labour movement for fair pay and pay equity, it should be no surprise to learn that poverty and inequality rates have been on the increase since 1995. And now Canadian rates are higher than the average industrial nation. This too is no surprise. Canada has the highest immigration intake in the world doling out citizenship the way treats are given away on Halloween. If we include foreign workers and illegal immigrants (which includes failed refugees and those who have no intention of leaving after their visa expires) then it is likely Canada is taking in between 350,000 to 400,000 people a year.
"After 20 years of continuous decline, both inequality and poverty rates (in Canada) have increased rapidly in the past 10 years, now reaching levels above the OECD average," says the report.
As in other countries, more single-parent households and people living alone are contributing to income inequality in Canada.
And wages for the rich are increasing, while they have been stagnating or dropping for middle and lower income workers, the report says.
Most affected have been young adults and families with children.
Canada spends less on cash transfers, such as unemployment and family benefits, than other OECD countries and that may be one of the reasons the country fares worse than others, the report suggests.
The report echoes concerns raised by Canadian social research groups about growing income disparity in Canada at a time of strong economic growth.
What do I mean by "importing the third world model"? It is something I have borrowed from American lefty dissident Noam Chomsky and applied it to Canada. What it means is that advanced industrialized countries such as the United States and Canada are adopting the characteristics familiar with third world countries and their economies.
One key characteristic of the third world model is the high amount of foreign ownership of a third world economy. Here Canada can consider itself an honorary member as our country's economy is the most foreign owned of all the G8 nations.
The other key characteristic is great wealth disparity and it seems Canada is on track to satisfy this one as well. It is more than accepted now that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer in this country. The attack on the middle class is happening on several fronts and one of the key weapons is mass immigration. It makes no sense to be importing people into Canada's economy when all that awaits them are insecure jobs and poverty wages. It makes no sense to import people who flood labour markets and hinder or reverse wage and salary gains. It makes no sense to keep immigration levels high when poverty rates and inequality rates have been consistently increasing for the past ten years. It makes no sense to keep immigration levels high when the economic outlook is gloomy.
Such a study by the OECD should stop one to think about the situation and look to see what are its causes so the problem can be rectified. One of the major causes for Canada's poor performance is becuase of mass immigration. A chart accompanied the print edition of this piece and all the major immigration receiving nations (the U.K., the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada) fared relatively poorly. We are importing poverty.
If poverty activists are serious they should pressure the government to reduce immigration targets because large immigration levels hurt the most economically vulnerable of Canadians. Wages can be kept low, illegals can be exploited, and immigrants lured here on lies and materialistic fantasies of excess often find themselves in desperate situations when the harsh reality of Canada's labour market forces them to take any job just to survive. If Canada maintains its high intake of immigrants despite the warning signs suggesting that the numbers are too many then poverty rates will barely change and most likely keep increasing. Reducing immigration numbers is one of the issues we must address if we wish to get serious about poverty.