Immigration proposal 'dangerous': Arab group
Canadian Arab Federation calls on Liberals to oppose new powers for minister
Mar 29, 2008 04:30 AM
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA–A proposal to give Canada's immigration minister sweeping new powers to pick and choose new immigrants is "dangerous" and could open the door to racial profiling, the Canadian Arab Federation warns.
The federation is urging the federal Liberals to oppose the proposed changes, even if it means defeating the minority Conservative government and an election Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion doesn't want.
"This is clearly a very, very dangerous piece of legislation," said Mohamed Boudjenane, executive director of the federation, an umbrella group representing 44 groups across the country.
"Tomorrow, the minister might decide: 'We don't like Arabs and Muslims here. We think they are terrorists. We think their culture and religion don't fit with Canada,' " he said in an interview.
The Muslim religion is not compatible with a western society like Canada. But that aside, the gentleman's comments make clear how race conscious racial and ethnic minority groups are in Canada all the while expecting the white majority of Canadians to be colour blind. Why does Arab immigration matter at all? Why should it matter to these people? They are already in Canada and if "a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian" as we are told then it shouldn't matter if Canada decided to close its door to Arabs. The fact is that Arab immigration matters to Arab immigrants because race matters, ethnicity matters, and immigration is the prime conduit for Arab colonization of Canadian lands. And this sentiment is not exclusive to Arabs but is shared by all of Canada's hyphenated immigrant groups (Indian, Chinese, Italian, etc). As racial and ethnic groups actively engage in the colonization of Canadian public spaces immigration matters are most important to them because if Canada were to decrease numbers, restrict particular immigrant groups, etc. it will hamper their colonial efforts.
Dion said this week his party won't topple the Tories over the immigration proposals. Boudjenane said the decision could affect the Liberals' traditional support among newcomers.
"How can this party portray itself as the party of immigration, the Trudeau era of multiculturalism, and here you have this dangerous piece of legislation and you might let it pass because you're not organized enough or your leader isn't charismatic enough to go in an election?" he said. "People would be more supportive of a gutsy party who will go . . . on a principled position than a party that will stay there until they're in better shape."
From the horse's mouth, the Liberal party is the immigrant's party of choice but we already know that.
What's at stake here is the colonization of Canadian lands. Canada's immigration system has been co-opted into a policy of colonialism by foreign peoples. I always wondered why it mattered to immigrants what Canada did with it's immigration policy. Why do they care if they are already in the country? It becomes clear when you realize immigrants want their own people coming into the country. Why? So they can colonize portions of Canada to offset Canadian culture all the while enjoy the benefits of living in Canadian society. They didn't come to Canada to integrate, assimilate and become a Canadian. They came to Canada because to them Canada is just a shopping mall, a lifestyle. Canada isn't a real country at all with a history or culture worth preserving. It's just some land with vast open spaces that everyone in the world is entitled to. Right?