We do have comparisons. The British House of Lords published a report stating that record levels of immigration to the U.K. have brought little economic benefit to the island nation. Considering that Canada receives more immigrants per capita then any other nation it may very well be that Canada's immigration system is more bane than benefit.
The Fraser Institute's Herbert Grubel, being forced to make estimates like everyone else, argued that immigration cost tax payers $18 billion dollars more than benefits between the years 1990 and 2002. I don't know how accurate that amount is but in the absence of any government acknowlegment of the costs of immigration I'll take Mr. Grubel's word for it.
I came across this while reading another blog (it was Girl On The Right if you're curious). It's a disclosure of grant and contribution awards over $25,000 for the dates between July 1 and September 30, 2008. Looking over the list I came across the following:
Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of British Columbia: $400,320.00
Afghan Women’s Counselling and Integration Community Support: $512,006.00
Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies: $296,128.00
Alberta Network of Immigrant Women: $399,919.00
Association for New Canadians: $63,617.00
Association Multiculturelle Francophone de l’Alberta: $25,000.00
Calgary Immigrant Educational Society: $2,634,241.00
Canadian Council for Refugees / Conseil canadien pour les réfugiés: $34,000.00
Canadian Newcomer Magazine: $489,000.00
And the list goes on. Here are some large amounts:
Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.) Committee: $619,240.00 and $237,767.00
Chinese Association of Mississauga: $769,612.00
COSTI Immigrant Services: $6,081,812.00
CultureLink Settlement Services: $1,789,416.00
Halton Multicultural Council: $735,497.00 and $1,389,671.00
Jewish Family and Child Services: $1,799,335.00
Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County: $1,033,227.00 and $2,079,891.00
Muslim Community Services: $4,115,064.00
New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence Inc.: $5,455,856.00
Palestine House Educational and Cultural Centre: $1,533,174.00 and $655,537.00
Peel Multicultural Council: $753,505.00 and $1,174,214.00
Teachers of English as Second Language Association of Ontario: $62,620.00 and $741,929.00
Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women: $1,275,300.00
Canada's immigration system has been described as an industry and the above list supports that description. Canadian tax dollars have been redirected by ethnic vote buying political parties to support organizations, cultural groups, or what have you, that have no other purpose than to serve the interests of a particular ethnic group with little relevance to the country as a whole.
Cultural organizations aside teams of social workers are needed to service the effects of an out of control immigration system to say nothing of the law firms whose profits are dependent on the importation of a steady stream of clientele.
Canada's immigration system is becoming a deep hole to which throwing more money into it will only make it deeper. To save tax dollars we need to close the hole. More than half the of groups listed above are unnecessary and are a waste of money. I can think of better places to spend the cash.
And if you happen to disagree with me I'm sure you'll reconsider the moment you find yourself driving to the United States because you can't get an MRI scan in Canada.