Saturday, 13 December 2008

Canada Should Halt All Immigration In These Uncertain Economic Times.

Trying to get Canada to reduce its immigration intake is one of the main reasons why I established and maintain this blog. I am not particularly fond of blogging but since there is little discussion allowed about immigration, aside from state approved discourse, I feel compelled to do something. And any reduction, even a small one, is a step in the right direction.

Given the trying economic situation Canada and much of the industrialized world finds itself in I have to modify my position, albeit temporarily, and say that Canada should halt all immigration into the country (genuine refugee cases notwithstanding). I do not support a total ban on all immigration but desperate times require desperate measures and a stoppage on all immigration into the country, at least for the foreseeable future, is what Canadian workers need right now.

Much has been printed of late about the consequences of the economic downturn, often described as the worst since the Great Depression, that makes me feel that more immigrants into the country is not what we need right now and will only make things worse. Below are a collection of articles that should persuade anybody to my reasoning. And if you consider a temporary moratorium on all immigration into Canada as a bit extreme then surely a decrease in the numbers is warranted.

Ontario has long been considered the economic engine of the nation and the prime destination for almost half of all immigrants into the country. So what is to become of the nation if the manufacturing power house goes out of business? Such is the grim prospect as Ontario faces "have not" provincial status. Ontario's prosperity relied heavily on the auto industry but North America's "Detroit Three" are seeking a (U.S.)$25 billion dollar bailout to stave bankruptcy. In response every assembly plant in Ontario is facing cuts. Oshawa, Ontario is home to many auto workers and that city recently experienced a 96.4% spike in EI claims.

The housing sector of Ontario is also on shaky ground. It has been credited for "pulling the Toronto area out of the previous recession" but "can't be counted on to be an engine of growth as the economy stumbles."

According to Statistics Canada 71,000 jobs were eliminated in November, the largest monthly net loss in 26 years and pushing the nation's jobless rate to 6.3 per cent. Off those 71,000 lost jobs 66,000 were in Ontario pushing the province's unemployment rate to 7.1 per cent.
And this likely won't be the end of gloomy unemployment reports. With Canada's economy poised to contract, said CIBC World Markets economist Krishen Rangasamy, "things will certainly get worse before they get better." He sees the unemployment rate "creeping up steadily toward 7 per cent," with another 100,000 job losses expected over the next few months.

Since peaking in 2002, according to the report, Canada has shed 388,000 manufacturing positions. Since 2005 Ontario has lost 190,400 manufacturing jobs, a number that should be compared to the yearly intake of about 150,000 immigrants into the province. Also Canada has witnessed substantial job declines in warehousing and transportation. What is pertinent to point out here is that these jobs were the life lines keeping low skilled Canadians and new immigrants above the poverty line. And now what do new immigrants have to look forward to? Retail sales jobs? Fast food counter help? Domestics? Temporary and contract work?

So what is someone living in Ontario to do? To which province can we look to as an excuse to justify importing 260,000+ immigrants and an equal number of foreign workers into Canada? Booming Saskatchewan whose premier was in Ontario this year trying to attract immigrants to his province to fill job vacancies, jobs that he said most of which the immigrants were overqualified for? (This, you understand, means his province needs workers to fill vacancies in low paid service jobs). Should we look to Alberta, a province that was humbled by having to readjust its budget surplus to (CDN)$2 billion down from an $8.5 billion dollar estimate? An oil rich province having to deal with oil prices below (U.S.)$45 and where some projects are being put on hold? A province experiencing layoffs in construction as housing starts fall?

If you are looking for work or if you are a potential immigrant investigating Canada then I suggest you move to Mexico for that's where many of Canada's jobs are disappearing to. These are jobs that once paid $18 an hour in Canada are now being performed at $2 an hour in Mexico. And, as well paying Canadian and American jobs are being exported to Mexico as a return gesture Mexico is exporting its surplus labour north of the Rio Grande afflicting a double whammy on Canadian and American workers.

The reality many Canadian now face is not very pleasant. It is one full of uncertainty with little guarantee that even playing by the rules will get you anywhere as outlined in this Toronto Star report. University educated the woman described has been a contract worker for nine years with no stable job prospects. How many times this story is repeated across the country is anyone's guess but keep in mind that it is estimated that a third of all jobs in Canada now are temporary and contract work. How are Canadians supposed to rear a family if they are barely able to support themselves.

The consequences of this is an unstable society, one divided by rich and poor and increasingly the signs of poverty are being born by immigrants. The 905 area that rings Toronto (so called by its telephone area code) has seen child poverty soar. I'm sure the fact that the 905 area has also witnessed a likewise increase of its immigrant population (not to mention crime rates and gang activity) is purely coincidental. I'm also certain that the increases in poverty rates in Toronto have nothing to do with the fact that much of these increases rose with Toronto's immigration population and can be witnessed in immigrant heavy neighbourhoods.

Canada, for the sake of ethnic block votes and to keep those in the immigration industry happily employed, may have imported a superfluous population, a "reserve army of the unemployed". This Toronto Star report though spun as a sob story shows what is wrong with the system. The couple described worked for auto parts supplier Progressive Moulded Products. The company employed mostly immigrants. Why it couldn't find Canadian workers is beyond me since it paid a decent wage. But that doesn't matter now since the company had to close. Such is the business cycle and people losing their jobs happens. But most of those employed were immigrants who have a poor command of the English language. (In a related note the Sri Lankan woman in the child poverty link above cannot speak English at all and needed a translator). Fluency in either of Canada's official languages is key to success in this country yet we seem to be bringing in people who cannot speak either. How that Indian family got into the country with poor language skills should raise questions. The most likely answer is that they were sponsored by relatives. In the case of the Sri Lankan woman she is probable a refugee. In both classes of immigrants the applicant does not need to speak a word of English. And the fact that the couple were able to reside in the country for so long without having to learn or speak much English is troublesome.

The real problem facing immigrants is jobs and the truth is Canada is bringing in immigrants for whom there are no jobs waiting. That is to say jobs in their related fields. That appears to be the sentiment behind this Toronto Star report. The immigrants highlighted in it speak of a fear of bringing in more skilled immigrants because they know that the job market is fierce in Canada which is especially so for newcomers. After all, Canada has the highest educated workforce in the industrialized world.
They also describe a new reality not factored in: fierce competition from Canadians who are far better educated than a generation ago.

Full-time university undergraduate enrolment has grown from 69,000 students in the mid-1950s to over 600,000 today – when the population only doubled.


The changes to the system, which were legislated this summer, place a heavier emphasis on jobs skills.

After sending out five to 15 resumes a day, every day for two years, she realized she wasn't going to find a job as a graphic designer, despite a degree from the University of Tehran and 12 years experience.

"Toronto has the biggest population of graphic designers in Canada. And companies now think they have the software, so they can do design themselves."

[...]

"We didn't have much, ... but Canada was very different then," said Chakraborti, 60, who lives in Vaughan. "Earlier immigrants certainly faced the same difficulties as the next ones who came, but the job market has also become so much more competitive."

[...]

"You hear stories (in the Philippines) about how nurses make $50 an hour (in Canada), when it's the exact opposite. Nurses work as caregivers, professionals are working in factories."

In this Toronto Star report on Ottawa's poaching list, er I mean shopping list for foreign trained immigrants, a member of the Council for Access to the Profession of Engineering states that of its 1,820 members "60 per cent are underemployed or underutilized in Canada."
"You can't keep bringing people into the country you aren't going to employ," said Bambrah. "Not only are they forced to go on to welfare, so they are a burden on society, but it's also that you are killing all their creativity," she said. "You have to go back and ask what is the focus of your immigration policy, and why are you particularly targeting these people?"

Adding to this we read that more Ontarians are turning to food banks, crisis looms in welfare rolls, 30 per cent of Toronto Families live in poverty, and of a warning from the Bank of Canada that many Canadians may lose their homes.

Now tell me, anyone who is reading this, why Canada should continue to bring in so many immigrants especially in a time like this? Please tell me. I'm so depressed right now from writing the above I could use a good laugh.

10 comments:

Ben said...

What's disturbing is the total avoidance by elites of the available research on crime rates & group IQ averages in relation to immigration:

"The same pattern is found worldwide. Interpol Yearbooks show the rate of violent crime (murder, rape, and serious assault) is three times lower in East Asian and Pacific Rim countries than in African and Caribbean countries. Whites in European countries are intermediate. The 1996 Interpol violent crime rates were: East Asian countries, 35 per 100,000 people; European countries, 42; and African and Caribbean countries, 149. " http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/faculty/rushtonpdfs/P&E%20Crime.pdf

http://www.udel.edu/educ/gottfredson/30years/Rushton-Jensen30years.pdf

http://www.gnxp.com/blog/2007/10/james-watson-tells-inconvenient-truth_296.php

Vanishing American said...

I certainly empathize. I have the same concerns about mass immigration to the U.S., and for the last few years on my blog I've mused over why this is happening not only to my country, but to yours, and to all Western countries.
People have suggested any number of motives, none of them justifiable reasons, in my estimation, for what is being done to us.

The obvious motives, the ones cited by most people who have not thought much about the subject, are greed (employers seeking cheap labor) and political power (parties looking for a new crop of voters and ''clients''). However those motives seem inadequate to explain the level of insanity involved in importing huge numbers -- tens of millions -- of third-worlders, people from violent countries, people with no skills, people who are illiterate even in their own language. Their presence in our countries is enormously costly; the state of California is on the verge of bankruptcy and immigrants are costing Colorado $1.1 billion yearly, according to the activist group FAIR.

So it makes no sense in any way to bring the immigrants, whether they are legal or not, to the West. Many of our own citizens are unemployed or underemployed. It's madness to bring millions more who have nothing to contribute in the way of job skills.

As you point out, the presence of all these people is destabilizing. And maybe this is part of the plan. It seems as if there is a deliberate effort to destabilize the West and to demographically transform all our countries. Even places like Iceland and Ireland are being subjected to this social engineering.
It makes no sense from a rational point of view, but it seems evident that there is some kind of bizarre intent behind it.

Anonymous said...

V.A. - I must concur with your postulation that "there is a deliberate effort to destabilize the West and to demographically transform all our countries." Unfortunately, there are very few people that have come to that same conclusion because of all the distracting "smoke and mirrors" ...or better known as television entertainment and team sporting events that becomes the highlight of their shallow lives.

Same goes for the deliberate dumbing down of a once respectable scholastic standard of achievement which are now replaced with schools of social engineering designed to "correct" aberrant thoughts lingering in the cranial area of free-thinking students.

How did we ever arrive at this juncture? I believe it's been in the works for a very long time according to this excerpt:

In the book A Racial Program for the Twentieth Century, published in 1913 by Israel Cohen of the Fabian Society, he wrote:

“We must realize that our Party’s most powerful weapon is racial tension. By propounding into the consciousness of the dark races, that for centuries have been oppressed by the Whites, we can mold them to the program of the Communist Party … In America, we will aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro minority against the Whites, we will instill in the Whites, a guilt complex for the exploitation of the Negroes. We will aid the Negroes to rise to prominence in every walk of life, in the professions, and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negroes will be able to intermarry with the Whites, and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause.”

On June 17, 1957, this passage was read into the Congressional Record by Rep. Thomas G. Abernathy. Source

So I believe all this superfluous talk of "cheap labour for industry" or new voters are only side issues designed to divert attention away from the real meaning of mass 3rd world immigration flooding our western nations.

About 92% of the world's population (6.7 Billion people) can be described as NON-white, so we can see the cards are stacked against us if this mass immigration is allowed to prevail.

PaxCanadiana used a clever analogy relating to multiculturalism awhile back, but it escapes my mind right now.

Andrew White said...

So I believe all this superfluous talk of "cheap labour for industry" or new voters are only side issues designed to divert attention away from the real meaning of mass 3rd world immigration flooding our western nations.

Mass immigration is always problematic, whether it's the Know Nothing/English Canada's resistance to the mass Irish Catholic migration or the old stock American/WASP Canada's resistance to mass eastern and southern European migration.

Right Honourable Richard Bedford Bennett. . . Read the history of the United States, read what is written in every magazine in that country by thoughtful men, and you will find that the principle of the melting pot has failed; and they are quite apprehensive. Every thoughtful man in the United States, every keen observer, every man who travels, every author, everyone who shapes and moulds public opinion in the universities and in the great foundations-all these are bewailing the fact that uncontrolled immigration has been permitted into that country, to such an extent that there is now in the United States a polyglot population, without any distinctive civilization, and one about which many of them are in great despair . . . it is because we desire to profit by the very lessons we learned there that we are endeavouring to maintain our civilization at that high standard which has made the British civilization the test by which all other civilized nations in modern times are measured . . .

By R.B. Bennett
Leader of the Conservative Party 1927-38, Prime Minister of Canada 1930-1935

House of Commons Debates, June 7, 1928, pp. 3925-7.

The Republican Party platform 1864

8. Resolved, That foreign immigration, which in the past has added so much to the wealth, development of resources and increase of power to the nation, the asylum of the oppressed of all nations, should be fostered and encouraged by a liberal and just policy.

Yes you are correct that the efforts of special interest groups to revolutionize the principles of classical liberalism, upon which Canada was founded, is detrimental, however, it's unclear that it will be anything more than a detriment to Pax advancing his arguments.

Pete Murphy said...

Americans share the same concerns. Rampant population growth threatens our economy and quality of life. Immigration, both legal and illegal, are fueling this growth.

I'm not talking just about the obvious problems that we see in the news - growing dependence on foreign oil, carbon emissions, soaring commodity prices, environmental degradation, etc. I'm talking about the effect upon rising unemployment and poverty in America.

I should introduce myself. I am the author of a book titled "Five Short Blasts: A New Economic Theory Exposes The Fatal Flaw in Globalization and Its Consequences for America." To make a long story short, my theory is that, as population density rises beyond some optimum level, per capita consumption of products begins to decline out of the need to conserve space. People who live in crowded conditions simply don’t have enough space to use and store many products. This declining per capita consumption, in the face of rising productivity (per capita output, which always rises), inevitably yields rising unemployment and poverty.

This theory has huge implications for U.S. policy toward population management, especially immigration policy. Our policies of encouraging high rates of immigration are rooted in the belief of economists that population growth is a good thing, fueling economic growth. Through most of human history, the interests of the common good and business (corporations) were both well-served by continuing population growth. For the common good, we needed more workers to man our factories, producing the goods needed for a high standard of living. This population growth translated into sales volume growth for corporations. Both were happy.

But, once an optimum population density is breached, their interests diverge. It is in the best interest of the common good to stabilize the population, avoiding an erosion of our quality of life through high unemployment and poverty. However, it is still in the interest of corporations to fuel population growth because, even though per capita consumption goes into decline, total consumption still increases. We now find ourselves in the position of having corporations and economists influencing public policy in a direction that is not in the best interest of the common good.

The U.N. ranks the U.S. with eight third world countries - India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ethiopia and China - as accounting for fully half of the world’s population growth by 2050. It's absolutely imperative that our population be stabilized, and that's impossible without dramatically reining in immigration, both legal and illegal.

If you’re interested in learning more about this important new economic theory, I invite you to visit either of my web sites at OpenWindowPublishingCo.com and PeteMurphy.wordpress.com where you can read the preface, join in my blog discussion and, of course, purchase the book if you like. (It's also available at Amazon.com.)

Please forgive the somewhat spammish nature of the previous paragraph. I just don't know how else to inject this new perspective into the immigration debate without drawing attention to the book that explains the theory.

Pete Murphy
Author, "Five Short Blasts"

Anonymous said...

"Our policies of encouraging high rates of immigration are rooted in the belief of economists that population growth is a good thing, fueling economic growth."

In other words....just one giant PONZI scheme.

PaxCanadiana said...

Ben:

I wouldn't go so far as to link crime rates with IQ. It depends what kind of crime you are talking about.

That being said I have noticed much crime in Toronto has a racial character to it. Drugs are usually Asian (Chinese, Vietnamese) if not biker gangs. Violent crime transcends race but much of the violent crime in Toronto is linked to Jamaican immigration. Out west in Vancouver it is South Asians. Whites still come out tops in sexual offenses.

V.A.:

It may sound simplistic to say that greed from the business community is pushing immigration numbers in the U.S. and Canada but I think that is accurate. They may not be actively encouraging high numbers but they are not opposed to them either. Remittances from immigrants is what is keeping Western Union from going out of business which is why it lobbied congress to oppose an immigration reform bill. A large U.S. law firm specializing in immigration matters was found coaching American businesses on how to circumvent the hiring of an American to employ an immigrant.

Nothing is done in the U.S. or in Canada without concern for the effects on business. Immigration has always been used as a weapon to attack the working class and the labour movement and I don't think that is less true today.

When it comes to mass immigration the costs are socialized and the benefits are privatized. Any financial benefits to immigration is realized by the business community. Any costs are borne by the tax payer which includes loss of land and cultural space. The overwhelming of Americans and Canadians by immigrants is of no concern to the business community so far as profits remain unaffected. The business sector is the least patriotic segment of our societies.

On the cultural front immigration has become the weapon of choice for established elites bored and irritated by traditional America and Canada to attack them. On the cultural front leftist progressives have free reign. Multiculturalism is largely the concern and pet hobby of elites living in the cosmopolitan centers of North America who want to re-engineer our societies in their fashion. And they are compelled to do so by their smug sense of moral and intellectual superiority. The average American and Canadian don't care much about it let alone can confidently describe what multiculturalism means. This "social experiment" is typically played out in the working class neighbourhoods were many immigrants first settle in and whose jobs they compete for thus, yet again, it is the working class who has to pay the price. Whether it is the business community or North America's cultural elites it is class warfare either way.

Anon:

PaxCanadiana used a clever analogy relating to multiculturalism awhile back, but it escapes my mind right now.

I think you mean the one were I equated multiculturalism to asphalt and mass immigration as the steam roller paving over any semblance of Canadian society.

Pete Murphy:

Thanks for the link. I'll check your site and maybe add you as a link.

As for the rest thanks for the comments. If I don't reply it usually means I have nothing to add and doing so would only make my comment redundant.

Anonymous said...

I personally came to canada 3 years ago as a skilled worker and I love canada. we had to have an interview, we had to show proof that we owe at least 10 000$ and I don't regret it. I am not a criminal neither my husband. I lived most of my life in France and I will never go back, why should I? I love people here! I love the nature etc...and the freedom. xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,
We'll all enjoy our "Freedom" as long as it lasts, which won't be long I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

I am a canadian whose family came in 1630. I have worked since age 15 and my family are all educated and have great jobs. Since I came to ottawa in 2008 I had one ft job in my field which is since automated. I then went on EI, then to welfare. Im in my 40s. I have only found 10 months work for temp agencies since 2008 at 11 an hour (both were in government departments). I am on welfare again. Welfare has been cut and rent went up to 1000 for a room. Welfare only pays you 599 a month for rent, food and transportation. Im almost homeless and the money left after went and after taxes is something like 80 dollars (25 goes to tax). There is also no work in my province which is in the east. I am a lawyer's daughter, I did not grow up this way (he died in 2001). I am very angry that the government keeps bringing in immigrants and they are taking jobs away from the local canadians.