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immigration as the key to Canada's economic success they are doing so on the basis of information at least 25 years out of date.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.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Canada Needs To Reduce Immigration Targets To Protect Canadian Families and Recent Immigrants As Global Recession Hits.

The OECD just said what every western politician knows but is afraid to say: the world has entered a global recession. You can read about it here at the Calgary Sun.

Thu, November 13, 2008

Global recession declared

UPDATED: 2008-11-13 09:47:03 MST
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


LONDON — The world’s developed economies, hard hit by the financial crisis, have slid into recession and will shrink further in 2009, a top international organization said Thursday.

In its latest economic forecasts, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said gross domestic product was likely to fall by 0.3 percent in 2009 for its 30 member countries, representing democracies with market economies.

It said the U.S. economy would contract next year by 0.9 percent, Japan’s by 0.1 percent and the euro area by 0.5 percent.

Additionally, it was the first time since 1974-5, when they were suffering from the Arab oil embargo and a severe bear market for stocks, that the U.S., Europe and Japan have fallen into recession.

This time, all three are shrinking in the same year;
in the wake of the first oil price shock in 1973, Japan saw negative growth in 1974 followed a year later by the U.S. and Europe.

I don't think I need to remind anyone about the job losses the Canadian economy is currently experiencing and these are not just any jobs but jobs that one can raise a family on. Just recently Nortel Networks anounced job cuts and may go into bankruptcy. CanWest Global Communications will cut 560 jobs from its workforce. Ford Motor Co. plants in Oakville and St. Thomas, Ontario, among others, will be idled for three weeks in December. Even Bay Street jobs are being axed. This is to say nothing of the jobs that have been lost.

Of course, we are told, that other parts of Canada are doing fine. Perhaps, but to what extent? What jobs are available there and are there enough for those who are out of work in hard hit central Canada?

What is clear is that this is no time to be bringing in over 250,000 immigrants and an equal amount of temp workers. Canadian families and recent immigrants need to be protected to help weather the storm and cutting immigration targets is one way to do it.

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.

[...]

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.

[...]

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.

Malton, Ontario: Too Many Immigrants, Not Enough Jobs.

The social problems that now plague Malton, Ontario could have been avoided, if not diminished, if Canada had a saner immigration system. Because of mass immigration a heavy influx of primarily South Asian immigrants into the community outpaced job growth and now Malton is witnessing rising crime rates. Read it here at the Toronto Star.

Malton battles its demons

Corner of Mississauga dealing with high crime, changing demographics, few job opportunities
Oct 31, 2008 04:30 AM
Kenyon Wallace
Staff Reporter


It's a refreshing outlook. Pride in Malton – the small, geographically isolated suburb in northeast Mississauga – is scarce these days. The modest neighbourhood, bordered by Brampton, Rexdale and Pearson International Airport, has seen an increasing number of homicides and other violent crimes over the past year.

[...]

But crime statistics give many residents and politicians pause. This year, five of Peel's 24 homicides occurred in Malton, many gang-related. According to Peel police statistics, violent crimes in 21 Division, which includes Malton and south Brampton, have increased steadily over the past three years, second only to Brampton's 22 Division. And while Peel saw an overall decrease in violent crime between 2006 and 2007, the decline was less than Toronto experienced.

Malton is a yet another example of a suburban area caught in the crosshairs of violent crime in a ring of lower-income neighbourhoods surrounding Toronto's more prosperous core. Some blame geography, arguing that gangsters from Rexdale and Brampton use Malton as a meeting ground for drug deals. Others say there aren't enough social services to keep immigrant kids occupied while their parents work two jobs.

Malton, once a centre for aircraft building and war pilot training, has been a community of working-class newcomers since the early British wave that settled in after World War II.

But the demographics have changed noticeably, as has the local economy. Postwar Italian and Polish immigrants have given way to those from South Asia and the Caribbean, and immigrants now comprise more than 64 per cent of Malton's population, according to a 2006 report by the Social Planning Council of Peel.

[...]

Joyce Temple-Smith, executive director of Malton Neighbourhood Services, says the area's biggest need is jobs.

"Not just any jobs, but jobs that pay enough to live a dignified life,"
she said.

That's wishful thinking since much of Canada's job growth is in jobs that won't pay for a dignified life and are often part time or temporary. But someone's got to do them and that's where immigration comes in particularly third world immigration because who else will do jobs that Canadians won't do at that pay? Such is the racism at the root of the "Canada needs more immigrants for job growth" crowd.

There is a connection between rising crime rates and mass immigration. Since much of the jobs immigrants were imported to fill are either non-existent or low paying Canada is effectively importing poverty. And poverty and high density are a potent mix.

I should also add that the Rexdale neighbourhood of Toronto as well as South Brampton are also immigrant heavy areas particularly South Asian immigration. And, like Malton, are home to similar social ills such as high density, few job opportunities, and low income families.

The social problems that now plague these communities can be controlled if we lower immigration numbers as one of many avenues to take. If we had never let Canada's immigration system get out of control in the first place then these problems could have been avoided altogether.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Diversity Is Our Strength: Racial Tensions Between Blacks and South Asians A Reality For Brampton.

When reading this article from the Toronto Star keep in mind that only whites are racists.

I also want to warn all "progressives" that the linked article doesn't gel with the multicultural, multiracial Utopian fantasy land that exists only in their heads and where the rides are free (but white males have to stand at the back of the line 'til everyone else gets their turn). So you better skip this and put your heads back in the sand.

Brampton wrestles with teen solitudes

Tensions in high school reflect divisions between blacks and South Asians
Nov 01, 2008 04:30 AM
Sandro Contenta
Feature Writer


The day 14-year-old Ravi Dharamdial was stabbed to death, police entered Brampton's Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School looking for a young black suspect.

Students were on edge. Some of the school's black pupils were especially concerned: They feared a backlash from students of South Asian background, says Brathwaite youth worker Everton Clennon.

"The black students in the school are scared to begin with," Clennon says. "They have to watch their backs when they're walking around the school."

Dharamdial's killing was the 24th in a record series of homicides in Peel Region this year, and raised questions about racial tensions in Brampton. Strains are being fed by a sharp increase in visible minorities, culture clashes in the home, "seething anger" from black youths feeling discriminated against, and a dearth of services and activities to channel restless young hormones.

It's often said that schools reflect their community. Clennon, for one, sees tensions in the hallways of Brathwaite, a 6-year-old school of 1,500 students in north Brampton. They culminated like a scene from a Greek epic poem, with each group selecting a "champion" for a one-on-one battle, Clennon says.

[...]

Seven years ago, whites were 60 per cent of the population. By 2006, visible minorities were 57 per cent. South Asians are the largest visible minority: 32 per cent of the population, more than doubled in the past five years. Blacks are second at about 12 per cent – up by 66 per cent. No other minority forms more than 3 per cent.

Some refer to the city's South Asian and black communities as "two solitudes." But Nurse, who represents north Brampton, says high schools are spearheading bridge-building efforts.

"If we do not keep pushing towards greater understanding on both sides, we could run into a problem in the future," she says. "I think there's enough smart people in this area who recognize it could turn into something explosive."

Race matters! We can pretend it doesn't but let's live in the real world shall we? And the more racially diverse this country gets the more racist Canadian society will become.

I argue that the best way to fight racism is to maintain the strength of the racial host majority with a collective visible minority population at no more than 15% of the populace. This way the host majority will not feel threatened of being turned into a racial minority group within their country and will be more accepting of racial minority groups. Otherwise you turn society into a combat arena with each racial group vying for economic and political supremacy and influence because after all, demography is destiny. Canadian society becomes fractured and clannish and Brampton is an example of that.

This report reminds me of a few summers ago when Italian youths of Woodbridge, Ontario clashed with South Asian youths from the Rexdale neighbourhood of Toronto in a series of altercations. These two communities are separated by Steeles Avenue with Woodbridge to the north and Rexdale to the south. I can't imagine that relations have improved since then.

Canada's immigration system should take into account that the host majority is predominately of European origin and it should protect that, not replace it. This is something I support for every country. No immigration system should threaten to turn the racial majority of a country into a racial minority. It's bad social policy.

What is clear is that the multicultural model is being proven unworkable by those who are supposed to show that it works. The alleged racial and cultural harmony of Toronto's streets is largely a facade. It's superficial. Each ethnic group tolerates each other so long as "the other" stays on his or her side of the fence. A friendly "hello" will suffice but don't you dare let your son date my daughter. Any cultural exchange happens mostly in the workplace but hardly is any of it social.

The social "progressives" have turned Canada into a pet hobby of theirs eager to prove to themselves and the world that they are right, that you can cram people of every racial, religious, and ethnic group into a society and make it work even though they still haven't got it right on a global scale. Canada is my country, not some "progressive" elite's social experiment.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Labour's Quick Reversal of An Earlier 'get tough' Approach On Immigration Is Nothing Short of Cowardice.

I wish I didn't have to report this but a reader brought it to my attention. This follows on the heels of this earlier report out of the U.K.

Tories get tough on immigration after Labour's U-turn on foreign workers

By Matthew Hickley
Last updated at 10:09 AM on 20th October 2008


The Tories today issued a new call for tougher curbs on immigration as they warned that more than 80 per cent of migrants to Britain since 1997 came from outside the EU.

Shadow home secretary Dominic Grieve said that official figures showed that 2.3 million people have moved here since Labour came to power. Of these, 1.96 million, or 84 per cent, came from outside Europe, where migration can be controlled, while only 374,000, or 16 per cent, had come from the EU.

Mr Grieve said the figures showed that the Government had displayed a " failure to control economic migration from outside the EU" and called for a " fundamental change in approach" that would restrict the numbers arriving from outside Europe.

The Tory attack follows the comments by the new immigration minister Phil Woolas who caused controversy at the weekend by suggesting that he wanted to curb migration to prevent Britain's population spiralling to more than 70 million - as official projections have suggested it will if the current rate of arrivals continue.

On Saturday, Mr Woolas had said he would make it harder for immigrants to come to Britain.

[...]

But when challenged over the detail of his proposals on Sunday, Mr Woolas appeared to be in full retreat.

He played down talk of a cap on immigration - as promised by the Tories - and apologised if people had been 'confused' by his statements.

Sometimes making the "tough" decision is the right decision and when it comes to immigration matters it appears that those on the "progressive" left are not only too cowardly to do the right thing but also impotent as well. It never seems to get into their heads that an out of control mass immigration system also hurts immigrants along with the labour movement and the working and impoverished classes. That's why I am totally baffled with Canada's labour friendly New Democratic Party whose criticisms of the immigration system is limited to advocating for greater numbers. The U.K.s Labour Party is equally disappointing and baffling with this latest reversal.

Fortunately for the U.K. they have a Tory Party that will openly demand decreased immigration numbers along with more controls. Here in Canada we get none of that.

Canada Needs Smarter Immigration, Not More Immigrants.

Despite a downturn in the world economy and mounting evidence that immigrants are having a tough time finding agreeable work, here in Canada, where up is down and right is left, we produce reports advocating increased immigrant numbers. The latest one was produced by the Conference Board of Canada. You can read about it here at the Toronto Star.

Economy will need more immigrants

Report says newcomers help fuel Canada's growth, but policies should make it easier for them to stay
Oct 25, 2008 04:30 AM
Nicholas Keung
Immigration/Diversity Reporter


Immigration levels in the country will have to go up significantly for future economic growth, the Conference Board of Canada reports.

To meet long-term domestic labour market needs and to remain competitive in the global search for talent Canada will have to increase its number of immigrants from the existing 250,000 to 360,000 annually by 2025.

The report highlights what should be done to meet the country's economic needs through immigration, including measures to allow the growing number of temporary foreign workers the option to become permanent residents. It also suggests increasing refugee intakes to maintain a well-balanced immigration system.

[...]

"Our policies are not just about what we want," Watt said in an interview. "Migrant workers and immigrants also have wants.

What about what Canadians want and what Canada really needs? As usual such concerns are never considered in Canada's high jacked and one sided (and non existent) immigration debate.

"Transparency about how the temporary and permanent systems actually work is crucial," cautioned the report, titled Renewing Immigration: Towards a Convergence and Consolidation of Canada's Immigration Policies and Systems, which looks at the immigration system from the perspective of Canada's economic needs.

[...]

With the increasing numbers of skilled immigrants and temporary workers, the report states refugee admissions, which have flatlined, should also be raised to meet the country's economic needs.

This report is nonsense outside of the concerns of the Conference Board's members and it reminds me of the one produced by the Royal Bank of Canada that called on Ottawa to increase immigration levels to 400,000 a year. The goals this report aims to achieve can be accomplished within the existing immigration system. All Canada has to do is make our immigration system smarter. Also, if Canada enacted policies that encouraged the natural growth rate then the nation's labour market needs can be satisfied by 2025.

It states that Canada will suffer a labour shortage in the ensuing years. How dramatic that shortage will be and its character is up in the air because no one really knows and thus such alarms are speculative (and effective in scarring a Canadian public to accept an immigration system it finds itself uncomfortable with). So, to fight this Canada needs more immigrants. Hogwash!

Only 20-25% of all immigrants to Canada are selected based on skills and labour market needs. Making up another 25% is their spouses and children. The other 50% are largely humanitarian (refugees, sponsored relatives). Therefore 75% of all immigrants to Canada do not enter the country to satisfy any particular job shortage. They are here for immigration's sake. If a looming skills shortage is on Canada's economic horizon then Canada can tweak its current immigration system to address this.

One way it can do this is to select young and single immigrants picked to relieve a particular sector of the labour market. This will eliminate excess immigration by importing spouses and children so Canada can focus squarely on labour market needs. Or it can allow immigrants with spouses and children to enter Canada along with their nuclear families and leave it there putting an end to "chain migration" via the family reunification stream which has mostly burdened Canada with unskilled workers.

Canada can modify its current immigration system so that if focuses more on importing needed workers instead of the paltry 25% of immigrants who, I might add, are having a difficult time finding jobs in their fields. By doing so Canada will not need to increase its immigration intake.

I am immediately suspicious of a report produced by a business advocacy group whose members want Canada to increase its immigration targets yet refuse to hire the immigrants already here. If the 25% of immigrants to Canada are having a difficult time now in finding related work in their fields, why does (and would) Canada need more immigrants? It's rediculous!

I think this report has more to do with increasing Canada's consumer base then it has to do with making Canada more competitive. Most consumer demand, and thus profits, are generated in the advanced industrialized societies. But these societies are dying and their consumer bases are shrinking due to an aging population coupled with a low birth rate. However the birth rates in the developing world are through the roof but these people are too poor to purchase the products made by western based companies. To keep consumer demand in the west forever increasing and buoyant it makes business sense to import consumers into a society that will enable them to consume in some fashion instead of leaving them in poorer societies where their capacity to consume is severely limited. It doesn't matter if they are on welfare or in low waged jobs they are better off here as consumers than they are in a poorer country.

The assumption is that increased consumption leads to jobs. But what if those jobs are outsourced to countries where wages are so low the workers cannot afford the products they make? Will there really be enough jobs in the future to accommodate an increased immigrant intake? I doubt it very much at least not the ones that will throw a life line to the ever shrinking middle class.

Again, read the comments to the news piece.