Saturday, 15 November 2008

Martin Collacott Responds To The "Canada Needs More Immigrants" Crowd And Exposes The Underlying Deception.

Martin Collacott is another name one should watch for among immigration reformers. He, like James Bissett, is more knowledgeable about the subject than any Ottawa politician or Toronto based journalist whose only experience and research with immigration is eating diner at an ethnic themed restaurant. I don't feel the need to comment because Mr. Collacott's piece in the Ottawa Citizen says it all. I came across the article at Immigration Watch International.

Martin Collacott. Immigration is not the key

Martin Collacott, Citizen Special
Published: Thursday, September 25, 2008

In taking issue with James Bissett's concerns about current immigration policy, many of the assertions made by Anne Golden in an op-ed this week ("We do need many more immigrants," Sept. 22) are problematic to say the least.

She claims there is no evidence immigration pushes down wages for Canadian workers. But this is hardly consistent with last year's Statistics Canada study which concluded that immigration played a role in the seven-per-cent drop in real weekly wages experienced by workers with more than a university undergraduate degree in Canada between 1980 and 2000.


Some of Ms. Golden's statistics are also open to question. Her assertion that, "in 2006, 55 per cent of the principal applicant immigrants to Canada (138,257 persons in all) were admitted under the economic class of immigration" is not, in fact, correct. The figure of 138,257 is the total number admitted in the economic class and, of these, only 57,275 were principal applicants. Immigrants who were fully selected on the basis of their qualifications under the points system (skilled immigrants -- principal applicants), moreover, comprised only 17.5 per cent of the 251,643 immigrants admitted in 2006.


Don Drummond, chief economist of the Toronto Dominion Bank, notes that when business leaders tout immigration as the key to Canada's economic success they are doing so on the basis of information at least 25 years out of date.

According to Mr. Drummond, because of their weak economic performance, recent immigrants are "pulling the economy down." Such a conclusion is entirely consistent with Mr. Bissett's contention that current immigration programs are extremely costly for Canadians rather than beneficial.


The fact is, however, that our prosperity does not depend on labour force growth or population increases but on sound economic policies that promote continued increases in productivity and effective use of our existing labour force. On the latter point, renowned economist and labour market specialist Prof. Alan G. Green of Queen's University has concluded that Canada now has the educational facilities to meet our domestic needs for skilled workers in all but extreme circumstances and that large inflows of skilled workers from abroad will have the effect of discouraging Canadians from acquiring the skills needed in the labour market.

In the circumstances, we should be concentrating on making the best use of existing manpower resources in the country by upgrading the skills of Canadians, retraining the many thousands who have recently lost their jobs and encouraging new entrants to join the workforce -- not on continued mass immigration as proposed by Anne Golden.

I have to hand it to the Ottawa Citizen. It seems to be one of the few newspapers in the country that is willing to play watchdog to Canada's immigration system and offer balanced opinion on the matter.

It's disappointing the Toronto Star is unwilling to do the same since immigration has affected the city of Toronto more so than anywhere else in the country. It seems our moral and intellectual superiors on the Toronto Star editorial board are more concerned about selling ethnic audiences to advertisers than it is with encouraging a lively and democratic debate concerning immigration and Canada's demographic future. After all, the newspaper feels that it plays an important role in the democratic process by informing (and indoctrinating) the citizenry, making sure they don't harbour opinions that may hurt profits.


Anonymous said...

On the subject of "deception", The Toronto Star published this story last year.

Anonymous said...

All immigrants that I have had the pleasure of knowing, previous to the recent past (20 years), considered Canada their country.

Of course there is some emotional attachment to one’s native land, however if you are going to immigrate to Canada, to enjoy the social and economic fruits that its citizens have established and built for themselves and their families, then you should do so with conviction. If this environment is not satisfactory, then why come? Without conviction there is no commitment, and you are simply passing through much more temporarily than the rest of us. As an immigrant I came here to provide positive energy to this vast country and help build Canada, not drain its usually generous population.

Immigration can be a positive engine for growth, although it can be an extremely destructive force, if not effectively managed. Canada’s current immigration policies are out of control, and have been mismanaged for years. Immigration possibly ranks at the top of the list of critical elements undermining the well being of Canadians and their way of life. Parliament’s immigration policy for the past three decades has created a long term problem for this country whose negative repercussions on Canadian society are surfacing and will increase during the coming decade.

The experience of being a senior executive as well as venture capitalist both in Canada and in the U.S., provided me with exposure to experiences resulting in a perspective evidently differing dramatically from that of our civil servants or elected officials. No one I have ever done business with ever represented having difficulty hiring appropriately trained or suitably educated employees to fill vacant positions in this country, unless there was a purposeful intent to cheaply outsource services offshore.

Legal documents can be subjected to extensive abuse in foreign countries currently representing the principal source of immigrants. Canadian immigration offices located in countries representing the vast majority of recent immigrants have difficulty verifying the veracity of any papers or documentation presented by immigrants seeking entry to Canada. The ‘system’ in many countries is pliable and susceptible to bribe and threat. There are few countries in this world where ‘documents’ cannot be bought or coerced. That is assuming the immigration offices themselves are void of influence from bribes and threats. All this pressure places doubt on the applicants (background, credentials etc.) and places even more uncertainty on the ‘extended family’ of the applicants allowed in. It is clear that our government is grossly misleading Canadians when it claims it’s immigration program brings in trained and educated foreign talent to fill our supposed needs. The reality is that a small minimum percentage of total immigrants entering Canada presently fit profiles imagined by our government. It is also arrogant of our political leaders to pretend we are bringing in the likes of professionals, from countries who need them more than we do, but don’t have educational infrastructures to educate their replacements.

Given the very loose definition of the family in the immigration act of Canada and Parliament’s bent toward lax rules, one immigrant can and does sponsor innumerable numbers of individuals to tag along into Canada. If you spend some time on the street talking to people involved in the Canadian immigration game, one can readily get a sense of the extent of the system’s abuse, including what can only be described in some cases as the creation of slave labour. Immediate family and extended family members require no skills, education or training, but represent the vast majority of the aggregate number of immigrants entering Canada each year, and are becoming very dependent on Canada’s welfare and medicare gift basket. The particularly disturbing fact is that our immigration policy has no clear definition for ‘extended family’. The net result is that of the hundreds of thousands coming in each year, a small percentage become wage earners, and whole communities and enclaves have become very isolated from the larger Canada. Is it a surprise that crime has so drastically increased in our major cities, over the past generation?

Why is it so hard to understand that Canadians made conscious decisions to NOT overpopulate their country, and part of that decision was to limit the size of their families? Canadians long ago decided they want a different lifestyle than that of most countries. Our government should consider it a ‘trust’ to be protected diligently. Canadians have determined they would rather not live in overcrowded, crime ridden, over-polluted and unstable cities, as exist in so many places around the globe. Segregated and overcrowded enclaves do not make for a strong whole. Maintenance of Canada’s way of life requires some understanding of how it was achieved and why. Canadians should expect conscientious attention on the part of those we have elected and hired to run our government, particularly in the coming economic slow-down.

We would like to see that our children’s and grandchildren’s futures not become burdened with an overhead that transforms Canada into a third world country. We would like to see new Canadians committed to this country first, and others second.

All members of Parliament, should dedicate more effort on the provision of full education to all Canadians, including college and university education, not just high school. An educated electorate is where the assurance of a stable and productive future of any country lies. Cultural differences can be positive, however we should have grave concerns with the nature of the out-of-control situation that we are creating with the absurdly wide open doors we have allowed for.

The following are some of the elements I suspect most Canadian tax payers would still like to enjoy:

• Un-congested cities where work does not mean a 1-2 hour commute.
• Clean air we can breathe.
• Clean, crime free neighborhoods we can raise our kids in. Being able to go for a walk without having to carry a baseball bat, or worse.
• Homes we can afford without having to move so far beyond the fringe that we feel like we don’t belong.
• Clean water coming out of our taps without requirement of filters.
• Garbage dumps that can actually handle our garbage, not the current problem of overflow that no one wants to see arrive in their communities.
• A healthcare system that actually functions within reason so when a citizen needs an operation, he or she don’t die waiting.
• Classrooms that can handle the influx and are capable of handling the provision of English instruction to new arrivals.

This list can go on… but it’s simple. Bring immigration under control.

This would also give new immigrants a chance to succeed, since statistics from the Canadian Council on Social Development suggest they are not. The majority are at poverty level. Why is adding to the underpaid labour pool a good thing for Canada? It isn’t. Our economy cannot absorb the influx and taxpayers cannot support the burden. The world’s single biggest problem isn’t water, or climate change, it is overpopulation and congestion. Why is that good for anyone? We are choking ourselves into oblivion on this globe, but first we seem to be forcing ourselves through the gates of overstress. Thanks Ottawa, and all our MPs for your evident lack of interest in preserving a strong, economically healthy country.

There is urgent need for some POLITICAL WILL.

Amdrew White said...

Punjab for Punjabis

Anonymous said...

Mark Wegierski is another good writer who focuses extensively on Canadian immigration issues.

A selection of his articles from The Social Contract:

The Cultural Costs and Crisis of Diversity - Looking at different definitions of diversity in Canada today

What is a nation?

Canada: 33 million and Climbing

Canada - More Troubles Ahead

Immigration and National Identity in Canada

Report from Canada

Canada's Converging Crises

Canada - Troubled Neighbor

P.K.U. said...

Hello there, PaxCanadian.

When I stumbled across this site I expected a typical neo-nazi-deal, but I was surprised to find a rather rational blog.

Being an immigrant myself, I would be lying if I said some your sentences do not occasionally cause pain to me, but it's nothing I can't deal with. I don't know if I agree with you personally, but I agree with the general sentiment. I don't know if you place any weight on the opinion of an immigrant, but I will forge ahead.

This country is continuing towards some strange idea of multiculturalism....what does that mean? I go Markham and I seem to have been transported to Beijing. I go to Brampton and suddenly I am in Bombay. Is that multiculturalism? As far as I can tell Toronto is being split into mini-countries....I didn't choose to immigrate to Beijing or Bombay....My parents chose Canada, for many reasons, not these countries.

Perhaps we can blame this on the heavy presence of recent immigrants...The younger generation is more assimilated, but in order to have more assimilation as a whole, immigration has to be put on hold...constant influx of new immigrants will slow down assimilation.

Although you are speaking from a native Canadian's perspective...immigration reform will help me. Because unfortunately I have been subjected, sometimes, to racist sentiment. Yet I have grown up in this country, speak English with no accent, have studied Canadian/European history, culture, music..... Perhaps if Canada's immigration standards were stricter, I would not be associated with something unpleasant at first glance. But what can I do? Join the side of immigration reform? Well, that's fine and dandy....except that the majority of people on this side don't take kindly to people of non-European descent, I think. Otherwise, I can be the champion of multiculturalism and suffer the consequences. I suppose there is nothing that I can do, really.

PaxCanadiana said...

Anon #1

I know about that Star series. What bothered me about it but did not surprise me at the same time is that the paper spun the story to read as if the immigrants were innocent pawns in some immigration consultant's scam. I don't buy that at all. If my research into immigration has taught me anything is that immigrants are more than willing to lie to get into the country. They may not be the majority but the numbers are significant enough.

Anon #2:

Yes, many immigrants do consider Canada their country but do they consider Canada their only country? There are immigrants who are committed to Canada but I am increasingly bearing witness to immigrants who have their feet planted in two countries. One foot in Canada which is just a job, a shopping mall, subsidized education, a health insurance policy and a retirement plan to them. The other foot is planted in their ancestral land where they find ethnic and cultural identification. In other words Canada is just a suburb of the world, as it has been described, where one seeks material satisfaction. Their real home is their country of origin and in fact that is how they describe their country. And this seems to be a growing phenomenon with their Canadian born children. Canada is not their real country though they will dispute being denied any benefits of living in Canada, feeling entitled to it. Their real county, their country of racial and cultural even historical identification, is the land of their immigrant parents.

And the rest of your commentary, coming from the perspective of a senior executive, is appreciated and I don't disagree with you there. There may be no political will becuase Canada's political parties are dependent on ethnic swing votes in voter rich Toronto and Vancouver. However, there are grumblings from the electorate and this can be best observed in polite circles. Canadians are not raving racists, they are in fact a very tolerant people, but they have their limits and they are concerned about how immigration has turned Canada into a land of world colonization.

Andrew White:

Thanks for the link. I may very well use it. Interesting but not surprising. It seems when Punjabis are flooding into someone else's country (Canada, the U.K., Australia) that's a good thing. But when others are flooding into the Punjab that's a bad thing. Note the concerns they are having over the influx of migrants. They are not too dissimilar from what I express here about the influx of immigrants into Canada yet I'm the racist for it.

What it brings to light is that matters such as race and culture cannot be ignored when immigration is discussed because these things do matter to people whether we wish to acknowledge it or not. If immigration patterns were reversed, like Canadians flooding into India or China, then I am certain concerns will be raised in those countries and rightly so. It's not right that Canadians are compelled to accept what clearly no one else will. What's good for the goose is not good for the gander.

Anon #3:

Thanks for the links. I have to get around to reading them. I am not familiar with Mark Wegierski so thanks bringing him to my attention.


Thanks for the comment.

What's troublesome is that when immigration is discussed many immigrants take it personal feeling compelled to defend it becuase they are immigrants themselves and who are they to say someone cannot come to Canada? But they shouldn't because immigration affects them too. Look at the current economic crisis for example. How will the continued introduction of 250,000+ immigrants into Canadian society and the introduction of 250,000+ temp workers into the Canadian labour market get a recent immigrant a good paying job? Mass immigration affects immigrants as well and that's why many well educated immigrants are lingering underemployed if not unemployed in the Canadian economy. There's a reason why Canada has the best educated taxi cab drivers in the world. How often can systemic discrimination be the reason? Any gains made by blacks in the United States have been adversely affected, likely reversed, by unfettered Mexican immigration. Should Blacks in the U.S. stay silent when it is clear mass immigration is hurting them? Similar situation here only that it is wave after waver of immigrants doing it to each other.

Immigrant opinion is always appreciated unfortunately it always seems to be the same pro-mass immigration rhetoric dished out of the CBC and the Toronto Star. And you can't blame them becuase that's all we ever hear and so we assume that's the right opinion to have. But there are dissenting voices coming from immigrants. Take Neil Bissoondath for example. He is a Trinidadian immigrant who is highly critical of multiculturalism saying to the effect that he didn't move to Canada to continue living in Trinidad. Rather he moved to Canada because he wanted to live in Canada implying multiculturalism takes the Canada out of Canada.

I once watched several years back a hearing committee on immigration on CPAC, I believe that's what it was, where two immigrants from India were essentially saying what I am saying, that too many immigrants are coming to Canada, that the numbers need to be reduced and Canada should be more selective, limit the family class, etc. They were brushed off by career politician and Liberal MP John McCallum leaving one of them flabbergasted.

Sir Gulam Noon, and Indian and the curry king of the U.K., said the U.K. should stop all immigration.

So being an immigrant doesn't automatically make you a cheerleader for an out of control immigration system and a divisionist multiculturalism policy. Some immigrants face in community racism because they want to assimilate into Canadian society. In the Chinese community these people are referred to as bananas (yellow on the outside, white on the inside). I argue that the less white, more racially diverse Canada becomes the more racist it will be. Tolerance and acceptance is better cultivated when a racial balance is maintained with a dominant host majority. In fact multiculturalism is racist in that it implies that one must be of a cultural persuasion by virtue of their skin colour. That's just nonsense.

When it comes to immigration speak your mind but if you oppose it just be prepared to be accused of racism if your white or a self hating (insert ethnicity here) or a hypocritical anti-immigrant immigrant.

Anonymous said...

If there is any doubt that the Canadian Immigration system needs reform one only has to look at the PNP programs in Nova Scotia and PEI.
It is reported $400 million has been collected by the province of PEI with the greater part of the money going to the lawyers and consultants.

stella immigrationprofessionals said...

In the last few days I have read many opinions on canada immigration.many dissatisfaction and some happy conclusion after a lengthy process.but what I feel is the authorities have also noticed it...and already there are many reforms

dave in toronto said...

So- Anne Golden is a liar!?!
Send her to Guantanemo, and waterboard her! (Then we can find out who is paying her to spout this nonsense!)