Saturday, 11 September 2010

The Unemployed Sure Could Use A Moratorium On Immigration Right About Now.

According to Statistics Canada the national unemployment rate rose above 8% to 8.1%. It's a small increase but it says a lot about the current state of the Canadian economy.

As Canada's economy cools amid fears of a double dip recession in the United States there is speculation that the stubbornly high unemployment rate will be with us for some time.

What relief is there for the unemployed when they can expect another 250,000 immigrants to be injected into the labour pool this year added with some 200,000 temporary foreign workers? Where is the compassion for them?

Official unemployment figures are typically lower than actuality since those who have given up looking for work are not counted. Nor does it reflect the character of the labour market. It does not distinguish between a job for a day and a job for life with benefits. Someone who works once a week is considered employed.

Instead we are told that we need these immigrants to "prepare for the recovery" which will be when exactly is anyone's guess. This excuse to maintain a mass immigration regime in the face of cooling, even downward, economy is disingenuous. When the Canadian economy was booming we were told we need mass immigration to fill job vacancies particularly ones Canadians will not do. So it seems that when the economy is up we need more immigrants. And when the economy is down we need more immigrants? I'm confused. How unhealthy does the economy have to be before we seriously consider reducing immigration targets? How many Canadians have to be out of work?

Another consideration is this: why are we importing workers from economies that are booming? India and China are outperforming the rest of the world in GDP growth. Why are we bringing in immigrants from those countries? They have an unfair advantage with Canadians in that they can always return if things go sour in Canada. Canadians do not have that option. Indian and Chinese immigrants can effectively try their luck in two labour markets whereas Canadians only have the one. This is unfair.

A moratorium is not a bad idea. This way we can get the unemployed back to work before looking overseas. Right now its "let them eat cake".


Andrea Muhrrteyn said...

You might be interested in Paul Fromm For Mayor of Mississauga.

You can find out more at: Paul Fromm For Mayor of Mississauga
This group supports immigration reform activist, lecturer and radio host Paul Fromm in his bid to be elected Mayor of Mississauga. He says "immigration IS the issue" and wants a five year moratorium on all immigration intake into Canada.

PaxCanadiana said...

I know who Paul Fromm is and I didn't know he was running for Mayor of Missaussauga. Thanks for the info. It will be interesting to see how well he will do.

Andrea Muhrrteyn said...

Wow -- I guess the Canadian Immigration world is smaller than I thought! Such a big country.

Anyway, no worries; pleasure for info. Hope he manages to raise the issue for you, to do a kind of Thilo Sarrazin for Canada! ;-)

Goodness knows we all need a Thilo Sarrazin earthquake to wake up our Immigration fanatic politicians, from utterly destroying us!

PaxCanadiana said...

Paul Fromm was one of the first to run a web site that openly questioned Canada's immigration system which is how I learned about him. When I started investigating Canada's immigration policy there were little resources available at the time aside from the few books in the library so it was almost inevitable that I would come across him sooner or later.

My main problem with him is the tone at which he addresses the issue. He can come off as the racist, anti-Semitic, white male and his associations with StormFront, the now defunct Heritage Front, and his support for Ernst Zundel doesn't help his image either. It has a tendency to scare off people who otherwise would lend him their ear.