Saturday, 28 February 2009

Jason Kenney Flips The Bird To Canadian Workers. No Plans To Reduce Influx Of Foreign Temporary Workers Amid Rising Unemployment.

Jason Kenney didn't flip the bird to Canadian workers but he might as well have with the latest announcement stating that the Conservative government has no intentions of reducing the importation of foreign temp workers into the Canadian labour market even though unemployment is rising. His lack of concern for Canadian jobs was masked by an idle threat to employers that labour violations, meaning the mistreatment of foreign workers, will not be tolerated. This remains to be seen.

Crackdown on labour violations coming

Ottawa to tackle abuse of foreign workers
Feb 24, 2009 04:30 AM
Bruce Campion-Smith
OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF


OTTAWA – The federal government intends to bring in new regulations to punish employers who exploit foreign workers by forcing them to toil in poor working conditions for low pay.

The new rules, expected by the end of March, would prevent employers with repeated violations of labour laws from being allowed to bring in foreign workers, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told the Star.

"I will be coming forward with draft regulations later in the spring to look at ensuring that the employers who abuse the system, a small minority, are ineligible to use it," he said in an interview.

But Kenney says the government has no intention of turning off the tap on the tens of thousands of workers who arrive from abroad to fill jobs in Canada, despite rising unemployment.

"We do anticipate there will be a reduction in applications for temporary workers and work permits because of the downturn ... but there continues to be acute labour shortages in certain regions and industries so the program will be useful to those employers," he said.

It's nice to see that Jason Kenney cares so much about the welfare of temporary foreign workers. What about Canadian workers?

They always speak in vague terminology. "Acute labour shortages in certain regions and industries" and talks with "human resource experts." Which regions and which industries? Who are these experts? Fortunately this time we know.
Just last week, Kenney said he and Human Resources Minister Diane Finley met with representatives from the food and restaurant industry who pressed for more foreign help.

Got that? Representatives from the food and restaurant industry are pushing for more foreign workers. Apparently in these uncertain economic times Canadians are rushing to restaurants and driving up business and thus the need for more staff, bucking economic logic and past industry trends during a recession.

Restaurants typically suffer during economic downturns becuase consumers are more conservative with their money (unless they're rich or stupid) and eat out less. The only ones not to suffer are fast food restaurants. As was expected, and did happen, McDonald's stock rose on increased sales domestically and abroad and is expected to do well in 2009 becuase of the recession. So if there are any "acute shortages" in the food and restaurant industry it is most likely for counter and kitchen help at your local McDonald's or other fast food outlets. Is this reason enough to bring in so many temporary foreign workers at this time?

And what of their temporary status? Do we have any assurance that once the job is done they will leave the country? They most likely won't further flooding the labour market with surplus labour. But since such problems are paid for by the public the private sector doesn't really care what happens to these people and what negative effects they have on the lives of other Canadians. There's profit to be had. As for Jason Kenney and the Conservatives, it's all about votes.

Attracting The Best And The Brightest: HIV Positive 'Refugee' Guilty Of Sex Attack And Canada Returns Deported Sri Lankan Tamil Gangster To Toronto.

You can read the first story here at the Toronto Star.

HIV-positive man found guilty of sex attack

Refugee claimant also faces separate murder trial
Feb 24, 2009 04:30 AM
Peter Small
COURTS BUREAU


An HIV-positive refugee claimant has been found guilty of beating and raping his former girlfriend and of trying to endanger her life by infecting her with the virus that causes AIDS.

But there is no absolute proof that William-Imona Russel, 35, actually infected the woman because she may have had HIV before he raped her, Ontario Superior Court Justice John McMahon ruled yesterday.

The accused, who also faces charges for first-degree murder in the stabbing death of another woman in 2006, reacted calmly to the verdict.

[...]

Imona-Russel testified he came to Canada from Nigeria in April 2003 and made a refugee claim.

Here is the second story that was brought to my attention from a reader. You can read it at the National Post.

Canada takes back deported gangster
Stewart Bell, National Post
Published: Saturday, February 28, 2009


Canadian officials acknowledged yesterday that they helped bring a "dangerous" gang member to Toronto from South Asia this week, two days before the government unveiled its new anti-gang strategy.

Panchalingam Nagalingam, who was deported in 2005 because of his involvement in a violent Toronto street gang, arrived back on Tuesday morning, and Canadian officials say they facilitated and paid for his return. The circumstances have one official lamenting that the government is "in the business of putting gangs and gangsters out of business, not in bringing them back to Canada."

[...]

A spokesman for Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, said the government was outraged that it was forced to return Mr. Nagalingam to Canada because of a legal agreement entered into by the previous Liberal government.

[...]

A 36-year-old Sri Lankan citizen, Mr. Nagalingam was a member of AK Kannan, one of two warring Tamil gangs that engaged in extortion, drug trafficking, weapons dealing, attempted murder and murder in Toronto. The gangs were responsible for dozens of shootings, one of which killed an innocent bystander at a doughnut shop.

At an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing on Thursday, an immigration official read a police statement that said Mr. Nagalingam had been identified as a gunman in an unsolved shooting in Scarborough in 2000 that left two teenagers dead. He had also smashed a chair over the head of a man at a community function and assaulted a security guard at a theatre, the official said. On two occasions, Mr. Nagalingam was shot at by rival gang members.

[...]

Mr. Nagalingam thanked God and the immigration department "for helping me to get back here" and said he had turned over a new leaf. "I have a child outside, I have my mother and father. I decided to start my life again.

[...]

The Refugee Board ordered him detained on the grounds he is a danger to the public and a flight risk. In the meantime, the government has already commenced proceedings to have him deported once again. He was to appear before the board again next Thursday.

Mr. Nagalingam first arrived in Canada in 1994 and was accepted as a refugee the following year. But Toronto police quickly identified him as an AK Kannan gang member. He has three criminal convictions but he has faced other charges that were dropped.

The National Post article was written by Stewart Bell. For more insight into how Sri Lankan Tamil gangs made inroads into Canada I recommend you read his book Cold Terror: How Canada Nurtures and Exports Terrorism to the World.

Notice that both men entered Canada as refugees. Many unnecessary and undesirable immigrants enter Canada this way. I go so far as to say that most refugees to Canada are not real refugees at all but are "self selecting" economic migrants posing as refugees, predominantly members of the middle classes of the developing world. I think this is especially true for the Sri Lankan Tamil community because there are other avenues for them to pursue to find refuge before settling on coming to Canada. The fact that Canada has the largest Sri Lankan Tamil community in the world outside of Sri Lanka should beg questions as to why this is so.

The solution put forward to attack this kind of abuse and curb asylum shopping is to screen refugees abroad before allowing them to enter Canada. If we did this then Panchalingam Nagalingam may have never have set foot on Canadian soil and those two teenagers would still be alive today. What we have in place instead is a type of "honour system" where an individual makes a refugee claim at any Canadian port of entry and is then allowed to roam Canadian society, collecting social assistance and health care, while their claim is processed which can take up to two years. They are then expected to show up at their hearings and then voluntarily remove themselves from the country if found to be inadmissible as a refugee. This is an invitation for abuse and no wonder Canada has been called the "land of trusting fools".

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Immigration Is About Votes. The Only Jobs Jason Kenney And All Federal MPs Care About Are Their Own.

Even in these uncertain economic times, described as the worst since the Great Depression, Canada's federal Members of Parliament are reluctant to reduce the importation of job seekers into the Canadian labour market becuase a reduction in immigration targets can translate into a loss of so called "ethnic votes" for one party to favour another; so politicized and so racialized has Canada's immigration system become.

All doubts to this cynical view should be quelled upon learning that at the beginning of the year the Conservative government (who are not conservative when it comes to immigration) announced through the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Conservative MP Jason Kenney, that the government planned to not only fast track the immigration process they also planned to increase targets. We read here:
Although Canadian officials are working to speed up processing time and, overall, welcoming more immigrants into the country, Kenney said there are no "magic solutions.”

And this:
While some might question the potentiality of immigrants taking jobs from Canadians, Kenney said he and other officials see things in a different light. In consulting with human resource leaders across the country, Kenney found that Canada is in need of more workers to fuel the economy. Shutting down immigration due to short-term economic instability, he said, would come at a hefty price.

"While other countries are talking about lowering their immigration levels, Canada plans to maintain its current high level of immigration," Kenney said. "We're taking the long-term view. Immigration remains key to addressing our demographic challenges and the needs of our labor markets."

With the assistance of your decoder ring you will understand that "the long-term view" extends no further than the next federal election. The Conservative government is a minority government that desperately wants to be a majority and it sees that majority in ethnic voters. Going back to no later than November of 2008 we read this in the Toronto Star:

Tories see ethnic voters as key to future majority

Nov 14, 2008 08:33 PM
Tonda MacCharles
Ottawa Bureau


WINNIPEG–The route to a majority government lies in the Conservative party's appeal to ethnic voters and new Canadians, says Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

In a speech here tonight, Kenney laid out just how the party broadened its appeal to visible minority groups, and broke what he has described as 30-year patterns of voting support for Liberals that spanned two to three generations.

[...]

"Thanks to this, no Liberal seat in metro Toronto is a safe seat anymore. In the next election, the Liberals are going to have to defend every last one of them."

Conservatives have cited surprising support from the Chinese community in the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver area ridings, and an unexpected surge of support in the South Asian community, especially in Brampton-area ridings.

The Conservative party knows full well, as do all of Canada's federal parties, that without the co-operation of voter rich, immigrant heavy urban areas like Toronto, a majority government will be more difficult to come by today. And considering the gains made by the Conservatives in immigrant heavy ridings in Toronto and Vancouver they have no intention of blowing it by reducing immigrant targets in tough economic times.
Huge Liberal margins of victory in what were considered safe seats were reduced from 10,00-12,000 votes to 2,000.

[...]

Conservative MP Michael Chong, who has Chinese and Dutch roots, said in an interview there's no question there will be a massive voting block emerging in what he called the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, with population expected to grow to nearly 12 million in the next 20 years, many of whom will be new Canadians.

With riding redistribution to reflect the population growth, it will be a whole new ball game for all parties.

[...]

Kenney had insisted before the election that breaking the Liberals' hold on visible minority communities "was a long-term project" but now he says that the results exceeded his wildest dreams.

Since the immigration system is racialized (by which I mean ethnic immigrant groups use it to import more of their own to offset the host majority population and other immigrant groups) any reduction is a set back to the colonial aspirations of many immigrant communities. A reduction is also taken personally as an attack against them and therefore perceived as racist. So ethnic block votes are used like currency, given to which ever political party will assuage their concerns and assist them in their long term colonial goals. And Canada's political parities are more than willing to play along all for the sake of individual careers.

Jason Kenney's announcement to maintain high immigration targets in an uncertain economic environment reeks more so of satisfying short term political aspirations than meeting long term economic goals. Indeed, its politically self-interested "let them eat cake" indifference to the many struggling Canadians, including immigrants, who have suffered job losses is unnerving. Who are these "human resource leaders" anyway? How many did he talk to? How long did he talk to them? Did he even talk to any at all? These details are never given. We are always told by our officials that they have talked to the "experts" and invariably the "experts" always say Canada needs more immigrants.

But all is not lost (I hope). It seems Jason Kenney and the conservatives had an epiphany and now are saying that they may have to "rethink" immigration targets given economic forecasts. We read here in the Toronto Star:

Rising jobless rate may curb immigration

Weak economy may mean a rethink of how many newcomers we accept
Feb 11, 2009 04:30 AM
Bruce Campion-Smith
Richard J. Brennan
OTTAWA BUREAU


OTTAWA – Rising unemployment could force the federal government to nudge shut the door on thousands of foreigners looking to make Canada their new home, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says.

While Ottawa is sticking by its pledge to accept 240,000 to 265,000 permanent residents this year, the worsening economic outlook may prompt the government to rethink that target in the coming months, Kenney said yesterday.

"We don't want people coming to Canada and facing unemployment. We need to be sensitive to the changing labour market, and if we need to make modifications, we will."

The unemployment rate stands at 7.2 per cent in Canada, and 8 per cent in Ontario.

Kenney said Canada, which accepted 247,000 permanent residents last year, so far "stands alone" by maintaining its levels for permanent residents.

If the government didn't want people coming to Canada only to face unemployment, and I'd add underemployment, then it should have reduced immigration targets a long time ago when the evidence kept mounting that the current immigration system is not working due mostly to the large number of immigrants coming to the country. But like I've said, immigration is about votes, not long term economic goals.
"I don't know of another developed country that is planning to maintain its current levels of permanent residents," Kenney told the Commons immigration committee. "I have to add a clear caveat. Obviously, the economy is changing on a weekly basis. We have to monitor the situation very closely."

Federal and provincial immigration officials plan to meet next month and decide whether to tinker with the target.

But Kenney made clear his preference is to stick with the target, calling new immigrants the "fuel" of the economy, once it turns around.

We don't know what the economy will look like when it turns around or what jobs will be left since many of the good paying manufacturing jobs that have disappeared may be gone for good. Will the economy be one full of part time, temporary, seasonal, contractual, low wage, retail, service sector jobs that will need "fuel" to run? It's anyones guess meaning it is speculative which is what Jason Kenney is doing. In fact, it has has been speculation and assumption, political necessity aside, that has been driving the pro mass immigration position all this time.

If Jason Kenney is reading this (and maybe even NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow) here is some news that may help you make a decision.

Here, from May of 2008, we read immigrants face higher unemployment.

Back in November of 2008 the Conservative government's own finance minister, Jim Flaherty predicts unemployment to rise in 2009 (yet calls for sustained and increases in immigration targets were made by the Conservative party.)

Here we read that 70,000 full time jobs were lost in December of 2008 and that employment in the manufacturing sector had fallen 380,000 since 2002.

Here we read, from February 2009, about once "booming" Alberta expecting job losses to hit 15,000.

Here you can read the latest StatsCan report from February 6, 2009 on the latest job figures. In it we learn that:
Employment fell by 129,000 in January (-0.8%), almost all in full time, pushing the unemployment rate up 0.6 percentage points to 7.2%. This drop in employment exceeds any monthly decline during the previous economic downturns of the 1980s and 1990s.

The loss in January follows other declines in recent months. Since October, employment has fallen by 213,000 (-1.2%), the result of full-time losses.

Here we read that job losses are worst on record with job losses expect to mount.

You can also add the thousands of personal stories about the people who lost their jobs and the attendant fear, anxiety, depression, and stress that comes with it; who have families and have lost their homes or may lose their homes. Maintaining high immigration targets will not help them. Regarding the "long term view" for immigrants we read this from the Toronto Star.

Job market takes years to recover from recession

Immigrants, women and youth hardest hit by rising unemployment during previous slumps
Feb 09, 2009 04:30 AM
Miles Corak


The federal budget predicts that the unemployment rate will be 7.5 per cent over the course of the coming year, meaning that around 1.4 million Canadians will be looking for work every month.

Statistics Canada already puts that figure at 7.2 per cent, and the budget doesn't see a return to the 2008 unemployment level of 6 per cent until sometime in 2013 or 2014.

Indeed, during the last three decades Canadians have lived through three recessions, and each time the unemployment rate increased sharply and quickly and persisted for years before declining slowly and sluggishly.

[...]

Past recessions also teach us that when workers with a good deal of job experience lose relatively well-paying jobs their fall in earnings is substantial and permanent.

Displaced workers are the refugees of the labour market, taking years to find a new employer and suffering a substantial loss in their standard of living that will never be recovered. It is this threat that has focused attention on the automobile, manufacturing and related sectors.

[...]

When these jobs are lost, government-sponsored training may not be much help. The provinces have already received significant funds for job-market training through the Employment Insurance program since the mid-1990s, and now the budget has given them a $1 billion more.

But the fact of the matter is that they are hard-pressed to produce any credible evaluations that this money has produced results for workers displaced from long-term jobs. For these workers, the pay will never be the same, training or no training.

This part is important:
But the other important lesson from the early 1990s was how hard the recession was on immigrants, the other significant group of newcomers who are likely to be among the most vulnerable this time round.

An important made-in-Canada policy that led to the 1990-92 recession being worse than it need have been was the decision to maintain high immigration levels without paying sufficient attention to how the job market would respond.

The government at the time actually increased the number of immigrants through the entire course of that business cycle downturn,
and in 1993 it surpassed a quarter of a million, its highest level up to that point and the second highest ever.

Many of these newcomers headed to parts of the country, Toronto in particular, that were hardest hit. The result was higher joblessness, lower pay and higher poverty rates.

In fact, virtually all of the increase in poverty during this period was accounted for by those newly arrived to the country.

We shouldn't let lessons of the past interfere with future political careers. There are some in government that do speak the voice of reason. Liberal senator from New Brunswick Pierrette Ringuette is calling for a "Canadians First" jobs policy as reported here.

Liberal senator urges halt to foreign workers to give Canadians first chance at jobs

Feb 12, 2009 04:30 AM
Bruce Campion-Smith
Richard J. Brenna
Ottawa bureau


OTTAWA–A Liberal senator is calling for a "Canadians First" jobs policy, saying that temporary foreign workers should be banned from the country for stealing jobs from the growing ranks of unemployed Canadians.

New Brunswick Senator Pierrette Ringuette is urging the Conservative government to halt the foreign worker program "so that Canadians will have the first opportunity to obtain these jobs and to work in Canada."

This, of course, is blasphemy.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney called Ringuette's comments "really unfortunate," saying that despite rising unemployment, some jobs across the country are going unfilled.

Some jobs going unfilled? Such as? And are they jobs that necessitate the importation of 260,000+ immigrants? The Liberal party, experts at ethnic vote pandering distanced themselves from the senator.
The Liberals yesterday said that the senator's comments do not represent official party policy. But Liberal MP Maurizio Bevilacqua (Vaughan) accused the Conservatives of being "fixated" on temporary workers.

The New Democratic Party, the alleged party of labour, is more concerned about attracting immigrant votes than it is with protecting the needs of the working class. That is becuase the NDP is more of an urban party than it is a rural party, as voting patterns suggest, and many urban voters are immigrants. If the NDP did care about working Canadians it would heed the call of senator Ringuette and demand a "Canadians First" job policy and a reduction in immigration targets. Instead we get no such thing from NDP immigration critic (more like cheerleader) Olivia Chow. Not only does she champion more immigration her only complaint with temporary workers is that they are not made permanent residents.
NDP MP Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) also wants to see the number of temporary workers curbed, saying they drive down wages and take Canadians' jobs. Rather than focus on bringing cheap temporary labour into Canada, the federal government should be allowing in more immigrants as permanent residents.

"I believe that temporary foreign workers do drive down wages,"
Chow told reporters after question period.

Chow said there are Canadians who are prepared to do the work these temporary foreign workers are filling now "if you pay them proper wages."

Somehow, to Olivia Chow, it is temporary workers who drive down wages and not an over supply of labour as a result of mass immigration. This is a logic bordering on self imposed ignorance that is driven by the political need to pander to ethnic voting blocks and, I suspect, to safeguard the steady flow of Chinese nationals into Canada. Olivia Chow herself is a Chinese immigrant and her riding constitutes Toronto's Chinatown. For immigrant communities it is a source of ethnic communal pride to see so many of your nationals in the country.

New Brunswick Senator Pierrette Ringuette can say what she did becuase her job is safe. A senator's position is a political appointment, one that is for life. Elected officials do not have such guaranteed job security and with each party seeking a majority position every nominee is constrained by what he or she can say publicly.

This is especially true when it comes to immigration. When urban "ethnic votes" can swing the results in many ridings in Canada's seat rich urban centers the coveted majority government is on the line. Even if your seat is in a rural area you better say the right things about immigration or risk hampering your career and advancement through the party. Many of Canada's politicians have adopted a pro mass immigration position and a favourable view of multiculturalism out of political necessity and not sincere conviction. When it comes to protecting Canadian jobs the only jobs Canada's elected officials care about are their own.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Canada's Universities To Immigrants: "Show Us The Money (but we won't show you the jobs)."

I wrote here about how Canada's universities and colleges favour mass immigration because they want the cash infusion immigrants have the potential of injecting into the institutions. Indeed, they are banking their financial solvency on this as well as protecting the jobs of the teaching staff and administrators. More news has come out that further cements my argument.

This article to be read at the Toronto Star reports on a study that calls for the creation of a "no frills" university for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to handle the expected "explosion" of 25,000 students in the next fifteen years.

No-frills university urged in GTA

Feb 13, 2009 04:30 AM
Louise Brown
Education Reporter


Ontario should consider creating a new university in the GTA – undergraduates only, very little research – to handle the explosion of 25,000 extra students expected in bachelor programs over the next 15 years, urges a report by the province's advisory body on higher learning.

The study, being released today by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, calls on Queen's Park to consider launching a new undergraduate university somewhere in Greater Toronto – largely focused on arts and science – as well as an "open" online university, and suggests letting a handful of community colleges offer a wider range of degrees.

And where, do I ask, is that "explosion of 25,000 extra students" going to come from? Keeping in mind that Canada has a birth rate below replacement levels it cannot be because Canadians are having a lot of children.
The surge of students is being fuelled by the boom of new Canadians in the GTA, plus a growing interest in post-secondary education.

As should be expected Toronto university officials love the idea.
Toronto university officials hailed the idea.

"We welcome the proposal for a new undergraduate institution with laser-like focus on the liberal arts," said David Naylor, president of the University of Toronto.

Naylor has joined the heads of Ryerson and York universities in warning they cannot handle the enrolment boom on their already crowded, largely landlocked campuses.

The current "enrollment boom" can be explained with the same reason that is propelling calls for a new "no-frills" university: immigration, since high school enrollment across the country is typically declining.

Canada's universities and colleges need money and that's what they see in immigrants especially foreign students who pay full tuition. So you can imagine that current immigration minister Jason Kenney's announcement to allow more foreign students to study in Canada, during a time of a deep recession no less, was good news for them. However, if you just lost your job and are looking to going back to school to retrain or if you are a university bound Canadian student Kenney's announcement should be concerning. But Canada's universities and colleges do not particularly care about your future. They only care about theirs (the teaching staff and school administrators) and they don't care where the money comes from.

Focus on foreign students

Canada will `substantially' boost number it allows, immigration minister says, noting Australia's lead
Feb 21, 2009 04:30 AM
Lesley Ciarula Taylor
Immigration Reporter


With an eye on foreign students as a "source of revenue," Canada will "substantially increase" the number it brings in this year, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced yesterday.

Australia allows 10 times the students from India that Canada does, he said at a conference in downtown Toronto for more than 1,600 unemployed or underemployed internationally educated professionals keen to figure out the secrets to finding work here.

He wouldn't elaborate on how many more students would be lured here but said they have a chance to understand the labour market and the language and put themselves on a "much faster pathway" to immigration.

I don't know what relevance there is in stating that Australia brings in 10 times more students from India than Canada does. Perhaps his audience was largely South Asian and never willing to miss an opportunity to pander to the ethnic electorate he wanted to reassure them that Indian immigration to Canada (colonialism to be precise) will continue apace even in poor economic times. What is clear is that the decision to allow more foreign students is about "foreign students as a 'source of revenue,'" as reported in this Toronto Star article.

"We are not receiving enough foreign students," Kenney said. Universities are pressing for the increase, he said, because foreign students, who pay the highest tuition fees, are "a source of revenue."

So it is universities who are pressing for the increase and not about labour market needs. This shouldn't be very reassuring to the unemployed and underemployed "internationally trained professionals" in attendance at Kenney's announcement. Armed with real world experience we read this:

For university-educated immigrants already here, 1,680 of whom signed up for the Progress Career Planning Institute conference to meet employers and job counsellors, the jobs still aren't there.

[...]

Sakina Ismat Khan left her own business in Karachi, Pakistan, to join her husband. With a master's degree in political science from Pakistan and a paralegal degree earned here, she says: "I'm desperate. ... There is no place for immigrants other than educated labour. The government is wasting its money with these non-profit agencies that are supposed to help us."

The decision to allow more foreign students into Canada is a win/win situation for Canada's colleges and universities and for a Conservative minority government eager to pander to ethnic voting blocks in hopes to secure a majority next federal election. Canada's institutions of higher learning get the money they covet and the Conservative government gets new sources of immigrant votes to tap since the foreign student visa is an avenue to citizenship and eventual chain migration of sponsored family members.

How necessary the decision to allow more foreign students is debatable. But there are no guarantees that these students will stay in Canada after getting their degrees and Canadian citizenship. If Canadians are leaving Canada to pursue job opportunities abroad and if 40% of skilled and professional male immigrants leave Canada permanently within 10 years it may very well be that the jobs are not there.

Keeping also in mind that Canada is the most educated country in the industrialized world I can see how allowing more foreign students into the country will only exacerbate "doctors driving cabs" phenomenon. For Canadian students and unemployed and underemployed immigrant professionals the decision to allow more foreign students does not help you in the least but may very well make your life in Canada tougher.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Doing The Math: Canada's Immigration System Is A Financial Hole That Only Gets Deeper As More Money Is Thrown Into It.

Putting aside other costs such as environmental costs, remittances, displacement due to immigrant influxes, crime, pollution, etc., no one fully knows the costs in terms of tax dollars that is needed to service the immigration system. This is because the Canadian government refuses to tabulate and publish such a figure. The reason for this, I imagine, is due to its politically sensitive nature. If it is officially revealed that the costs of immigration outweigh the benefits then this will compel the government to do something about it. So it is better to pretend that no costs exists and overstate, if not fabricate, the alleged benefits; a practice employed by all of Canada's major political parties each vying for ethnic block votes in Canada's major urban centers.

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.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Romantic Rhetoric vs. Objective Fact: Andrew Coyne Debates James Bissett On Immigration.

A reader to this blog brought this this debate to my attention and so I'm bringing it to yours.

It is a debate between MaCleans national editor Andrew Coyne and former head of Canadian Immigration Services James Bissett over the question "Should Canada adopt a more wide-open immigration policy, or should we be more focused on targeted immigration based on Canada's market needs."

Watch the debate if you haven't already and try to do so with an open mind. With that said I have to say that James BIssett won. My "bias" may have brought me to that conclusion but if you distance yourself from the issue and watch the discussion objectively I think you will arrive at the same conclusion as well. You may not want to agree with Jame Bissett but he used one thing that Andrew Coyne didn't: the facts. Andrew Coyne was too dependent on rhetoric, speculation, and assumptions, all propelled by outdated romantic notions of immigration.

From what I gather from the debate Coyne is arguing from a libertarian position feeling that there should be no limits to immigration. Indeed, he goes so far as to say that Canadians should not be protected from mass immigration; that Canadians have no birth right to this country; to ask why should immigrants be denied what Canadians have by accident of birth. This is a libertarian mind thinking and like Coyne's PhD. in Economics it is totally impractical in the real world.

He ignores, or at least brushes off, the inconvenient fact that post 1990 immigrant cohorts are doing poorly and this is the problem. James Bissett and other immigration critics like myself are not opposed to immigration. We are opposed to the current immigration system that really didn't come to fruition until the late 1980s and early 1990s. This is why so many immigrant communities are not doing so well and why so many post 1990 immigrants are living below the poverty line. The system is broken and Canada is accepting too many immigrants particularly immigrants who have little chance in succeeding economically in the country. To be blunt, Canada has granted citizenship to people who really shouldn't be here.

Instead of addressing this problem Coyne retreats to examples that can only be fully understood in context. He correctly states that Canada at one time accepted more immigrants that it did now. Bissett acknowledges this but reminds Coyne that this was an exception to a general trend and that these people were directed to the unsettled prairies. This is unlike today where most immigrants settle in Canada's three major cities.

Coyne also uses the example of the Vietnamese boat people of the 1970s who landed in Canada and prospered. Again context is needed. The people landed in a time when Canada wasn't accepting as many immigrants as it did and was in a better position to absorb them. These boat people were not competing with a flood of new arrivals for jobs and in a time when Canada was shedding jobs.

Also, Coyne uses what I'll call the "one in a million" argument. He uses Magna founder Frank Stronach and the real estate moguls the Reichmans of Olympia and York fame as examples of immigrants who made fortunes in Canada. The fact that Coyne couldn't (or didn't) use recent examples shows the weakness of this argument but what he is saying is that by limiting immigration Canada could cheat itself out of bringing in more people like the examples given. Again, they arrived when Canada had a more manageable immigration system and Canada was in a position to absorb them.

The other thing Bissett has over Coyne is experience and it shows. Coyne, I must say, doesn't seem to know what he is talking about. He is an intelligent man and I have read some of his articles but in this debate he comes off as a misinformed fool driven by ideology and romanticism. Bissett, on the other hand, has "been there, done that" making his position more compelling.

Being a national editor to a national magazine it is understandable why Coyne would take the position that he did. It is in MaCleans magazine's financial interests, as a profit maximizing organization, to sell to as large as an audience as it can so that is can deliver this audience to advertisers which is were all media make their money.

More Immigration Fraud From (yup, you guessed it) India.

You can read it here at the Toronto Star. Be sure to read the comments to the Star article as well. Heck, add one yourself if you're so inclined.

Dozens dupe Indian airline, enter Canada

Canada threatens ban as travellers with fake ID seek refugee status
Feb 03, 2009 04:30 AM
Rick Westhead
SOUTH ASIA BUREAU


NEW DELHI – Transport Canada officials recently warned India's largest privately owned commercial airline it would be barred from operating flights to Canada if its reservation agents didn't do a better job detecting passengers travelling on bogus passports.

Agents for Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Service Agency have discovered dozens of Jet Airways passengers arriving at Toronto's Pearson International Airport with fake travel documents in recent months, five sources familiar with the matter told the Star.

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In most cases, a person with an extensive international travel history applied for and received a legitimate Canadian visa.

The photo page of their Indian passport was then replaced with a doctored one and used by a different person.

It's unclear how many people were involved in the scam, but Canadian immigration officials believe several dozen have slipped into the country with the fake Indian passports in the past year.

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Passengers involved in the scam have applied for refugee status after their arrival in Toronto, and remain in Canada.

Under Canadian immigration law, most people who arrive at a port of entry are entitled to make a claim for refugee status.


Investigators involved in rooting out the scam said reservations for Canadian hotels were made over the Internet and a printout was produced to show border agents in Toronto.

"The hotels were a good tipoff," one immigration investigator told the Star. "The reservations were all at hotels on the airport strip in Mississauga.

"If you're spending all that money to travel around the world and come to Canada in November, why would you book a reservation for two weeks on the airport strip?"

Border agents detected the first fake Indian passport they believe was connected to the scheme in February 2008.

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Even as authorities seem to have solved the problem with Jet, fraudsters are trying new tactics. Two weeks ago, a passenger with a fake Indian passport was stopped during a layover on a Toronto-bound Kuwait Airlines flight from Hyderabad, India, a source told the Star.

Recently, police in the town of Moga, Punjab, arrested two brothers who ran a travel agency for allegedly making a pair of passports with different names for a woman who sought to travel to Canada, the Hindustan Times reported.

Fraudsters operating out of Punjab, Province. Didn't see that coming.

Notice how the fraudsters made refugee claims upon arrival. This is a standard tactic because of the Singh decision of 1985. Basically, this decision allows anyone from anywhere (including countries like the U.S., France, Denmark, Japan, and Switzerland) to make a refugee claim at any of Canada's ports of entry becuase a judge ruled that Charter protection and guarantees extends to them as well (except the right to vote) even though they are not Canadian citizens. What this means is that a refugee claimant has every right, protection, and guarantee (like social services, full health care coverage, access to grants and loans, the right to work) as any Canadian except the right to vote. Also, one can obtain eventual Canadian citizenship via the refugee stream even in the absence of pertinent language skills or job skills. You can see now why Canada is an attractive target for refugee fraud.

Ever since the Singh decision Canada has become the immigrant con artists target of choice becuase of the abusable nature of the refugee system. Because of this Canada has been flooded by "self selecting immigrants", economic migrants posing as bogus refugees, all for the purposes of immigration. It is likely that more economic migrants have entered Canada as refugees than legitimate refugees.

The solution to this, as critics have pointed out, is for the government to invoke the notwithstanding clause contained in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and revoke the Singh Decision.

Also, any bogus refugee caught using fake documents should be sent back on the air service that brought them here at the airline's expense.

Also, bogus refugees should be fingerprinted in case they try to dupe Canadians again.

What does it say about these people who willingly try to cheat Canada's immigration system and play Canadians for fools for their own selfish purposes? Are these the kinds of immigrants Canada is attracting? Do these people deserve Canadian citizenship?

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Immigrant, Racial Minorities Speak Out And Criticize The Two Headed Beast That Is Immigration And Multiculturalism.

Members of racial minority groups who have immigrated to countries with white host majority societies have also condemned the misdirection that a mismanaged immigration policy is taking the nation. Here are some of their voices.

This one is from U.K. based Daily Mail.

The migrants who just don't belong, by the Archbishop of York

By Steve Doughty
Last updated at 12:20 AM on 14th January 2009


Immigrants to Britain in the past five decades have been treated like hotel guests who 'do not belong', the Archbishop of York said yesterday.

Dr John Sentamu said the failure of migrants to integrate had contributed to the collapse of a common British culture and the lack of a national sense of direction.

He called for recognition of the Christian heritage which used to bind the nation together and for a revival of the civic values once represented by myriad local clubs, churches and trade unions.

The Archbishop's powerful attack on uncontrolled immigration and on the Left-wing interpretation of multiculturalism that encourages migrants to ignore traditional British values, was made in a speech to Gordon Brown's think tank, the Smith Institute.

Dr Sentamu, a trustee of the Institute, has previously criticised multiculturalism and official neglect of the importance of Christian thinking and history.

But yesterday's speech was the first admission from a senior Church of England figure that large-scale immigration has brought serious problems as well as benefits.

Ugandan-born Dr Sentamu, who came to Britain in the 1970s, said it was important to remember that Britain had always provided refuge for economic migrants.

He said 250,000 Jewish people had come before the First World War, and had integrated and been accepted.

'What happened after the Second World War was a different phenomenon,' Dr Sentamu continued.

'For the first time, significant numbers of immigrants from a non Judaeo-Christian background settled in the UK.'

He referred to the view of Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks that until the 1950s immigrants were like guests in a country house, who were expected to assimilate British values and to belong to the existing society.

But with the decline of empire and the growth of Commonwealth immigration, the pattern had become more like a hotel.

Comparing the U.K. to a hotel? Why does that sound so familiar? Read the comments to the article.

This one is also out of the U.K. and is also from the Daily Mail.

Curry king Sir Gulam Noon calls for a ten-year ban on all migrants

By Glen Owen
Last updated at 11:43 PM on 29th November 2008


The controversial Labour donor known as the ‘curry king’ has called for a ban on immigration for a decade.

Indian-born Sir Gulam Noon, who was at the centre of the cash-for-honours investigation involving Tony Blair, argues that unless the Government ‘shuts the door’ on new arrivals, British society will become chronically divided.

Sir Gulam, 72, who came to Britain in 1966 with just £50 in his pocket, says the country is now ‘full’.

Last week he was caught up in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, barricading himself into his suite in the Taj Mahal Palace hotel for nine hours as gunmen ran amok until he was rescued by firemen in a crane.

His remarks on immigration, made in his new autobiography, are some of the most outspoken ever made by a senior member of Britain’s ethnic population.

‘Bluntly, I think we are self-sufficient now,’ he writes. ‘We should wait for five or ten years, until all the newcomers have been properly integrated and assimilated into the country. Until then we should just shut the door.’

Out of Canada we have this one written by Tahir Aslam Gora who is a Pakistani-Canadian writer living in Burlington, Ontario.

Parties can only lose by chasing the ethnic vote

October 30, 2008
TAHIR ASLAM GORA
The Hamilton Spectator
(Oct 30, 2008)


"We should vote for those candidates and parties who are sympathetic to Muslims," a radical Islamic magazine, published in Toronto, said about the recent federal election.

"It's our duty to uphold Islamic laws and Islam's supremacy in Canada and all over the world, so vote for those who seem to further our agenda," the Urdu-language magazine suggests in the next paragraph.

These lines reveal the intention -- and an attempt -- by some of our ethnic groups to influence the political process.

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It sometimes looked like Liberal candidates were paying more attention to ethnic issues than to national issues.

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The Liberals and NDP both claim small-L liberal values but they are too close to the ethnic-religious pockets. Their left-of-centre stance has been messed up with their support of some closed religious communities.

The Liberals and the NDP should both understand that exploiting ethnic votes is neither going to serve their purposes, nor help ethnic communities. By encouraging religious ghettos in the name of liberalism, these parties are not helping them to be an open part of Canadian society.

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The Liberals and NDP should denounce closed-style religious communities and demand that they integrate into Canada's secular society.

For a more in depth critique of Canadian style multiculturalism I recommend reading Selling Illusions: The Cult Of Multiculturalism In Canada written by Trinidadian immigrant Neil Bissoondath.

So I guess these people are racists? Not exactly. They are typically ignored because the racist ad hominem attack doesn't stick. They are, instead, denounced as being selfish for criticizing an immigration policy that they benefited from. The thing is Canada's immigration system hurts immigrants too.

Canada's immigration system is out of control and has been terribly mismanaged due to selfish influences. It is Canadian tax payers, working and middle class families, and recent immigrants who suffer the brunt of the costs. A smaller immigration intake will allow for a better managed system. As much as we would like to help everyone in the world this is simply not feasible. We can only help a tiny few and if allowing 260,000+ immigrants to settle in Canada has only netted more costs then benefits then we know that 260,000+ immigrants is too many.