Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Ontario's 'have not' Status A Clear Call To Lower Immigration Targets.

Once considered Canada's economic engine Ontario's economy has taken a terrible beating due to the downturn in the manufacturing sector. And now it has joined the ranks of "have not" provinces. What this means is that for the first time Ontario will be accepting more in federal transfer payments than it contributes to federal coffers. This is part of a federal equalization program where all the provinces and territories contribute money to a central fund and from this fund money is doled to the provincial and territorial governments to meet their needs and social obligations. And since some economies are more robust than others some provinces end up paying more than what they receive. This has been true for Ontario for much of its history but not this time. And since some 40% of all immigrants to Canada are destined to settle in Ontario such numbers will only make the situation worse.

The following is from the Globe and Mail.

Struggling Ontario joins have-not ranks

Province sees new status as a 'short-term phenomenon,' but Ottawa's prognosis is much grimmer

By KAREN HOWLETT AND KEVIN CARMICHAEL
Tuesday, November 4, 2008


TORONTO -- Ontario will officially become a poor cousin of Confederation next year, and it is not at all clear whether Canada's most populous province will ever reclaim its status as the country's economic powerhouse.

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Ontario's share of the equalization pie will amount to just $27 for every man, woman and child in the province. But it signifies a dramatic reversal of fortune for Canada's manufacturing heartland, which has in the past helped propel the rest of the country to prosperity. After decades of propping up the rest of the country, Ontario will now be on the receiving end of the subsidy program designed for the country's poorer provinces, collecting $347-million in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010.

Mr. Flaherty told reporters after a meeting at an airport hotel in Toronto with his provincial counterparts that he does not rejoice in the fact that Ontario has fallen on hard times. The province's struggling economy has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs, with no end in sight to the bleeding.

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The program is designed to give money to Canada's poorer provinces so they can provide social services comparable to those of the richer ones. Mr. Flaherty said the federal government will distribute $14.2-billion to every province except British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador in fiscal 2010, up 4.4 per cent from the previous year. It will be the first time Newfoundland has not collected equalization since the program was introduced in 1957. Quebec will receive the lion's share, totalling $8.3-billion.

Despite the changes to the program announced yesterday, it is likely there will be pressure to reform equalization further, because observers have said it is politically unpalatable to have smaller regions subsidize a province that produces about 40 per cent of the country's economic output. When Ontario was eligible for payments in the 1970s, when energy prices were soaring, Ottawa changed the equalization formula, and retroactively clawed back the province's payments.

This time around, Ontario is on the verge of "have-not" status because its prosperity is declining in comparison with that of the energy-rich provinces, leaving its standard of living below the national average.

It is apparent mass immigration cannot keep an economy forever robust. Once a selling point it is no longer feasible to say that immigrants create jobs (though they do keep those in the immigration industry happily employed). Such a remark has been quietly swept under the rug.

With almost half of all immigrants settling in Ontario it is unwise to keep immigrant numbers as high as they are now. To do so is an attack on the quality of life and the economic prospects of those who reside in Canada's most populace province. To keep immigration numbers high could only exacerbate the social problems that plague Toronto, problems that have now spread out to the city's surrounding communities.

Ontario may very well come out of its economic downturn but not in the immediate future. Ottawa has to cut immigration targets for the sake of those who live Ontario. Not to do so is just foolish.

2 comments:

Rick said...

You might want to post this story, umbelievable. Released AGAIN on a $5K bond.

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=5a1ff872-5e47-4cbb-92b7-d9abe5782853

Anonymous said...

Another recent feature on the immigration front is the flagrant abuse of so-called Mexican and Haitian "refugee" claimants, and many flowing directly across our border from the United States as in this story.

There are 9500 Mexicans and 7700 Haitians now in our country waiting to be processed for their false claims, in addition to the hundreds of other bogus refugees arriving every week. These figures are equivalent to two medium-sized Canadian towns and every one of these uninvited foreigners is entitled to a free monthly welfare cheque with free medical/dental benefits.

If naive and brainwashed Canadians think these interlopers deserve our mis-directed compassion, they should read THIS.

The only difference between an "illegal alien" and a "refugee" is the fact the U.S. would not even consider allowing these bogus asylum-seekers to file a refugee claimant form.

Unfortunately, Canada becomes the dumping ground for these people and we also have the "privilege" of paying for their support costs while we, ourselves, are being terminated from our jobs by the thousands during this severe economic recession.