“While other Western countries cut back on immigration during the recession, our government kept legal immigration levels high.
How about that. The trend is to not only condemn multiculturalism for the failure that it is but to reduce immigration levels. Not so for Canada. I guess it's because we know better. Of course we do. We're Canadians, we always know better.
Canada’s post-recession economy demands a high level of economic immigration to keep our economy strong,” said Minister Kenney. “In 2010, we welcomed the highest number of permanent residents in the past 50 years to support Canada’s economic recovery while taking action to maintain the integrity of Canada’s immigration system with the introduction of the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act.”
Can you believe this nonsense? Jason Kenney really must think we Canadians are stupid. Think about it. When the Canadian economy was booming we were told Canada needed high levels of immigration to fuel it. Now during a recessionary slowdown we need record levels of immigration to "to support Canada’s economic recovery". Does that make sense to you? Not only did we have excessive immigration quotas to begin with, Canada maintained those high levels during an economic downturn and accepted even more into the country. The lunatics truly are in charge of the asylum.
Here is Adrian MacNair in the National Post.
According to their numbers, they also welcomed 182,322 temporary foreign workers and 96,147 foreign students, a 29 per cent increase from the final Liberal year in office. Added to that number was 7,265 refugees and 4,833 sponsored refugees, also a 63 per cent increase from 2005. That’s a total of 571,203 temporary or permanent new residents every year, or 1.6 per cent of our existing population. I can only guess this is some kind of attempt to out-Liberal the Liberal party.
Which is surprising, since Canada has long held the record for the largest per capita increase to immigration in the world. Yet the current Conservative government is made up of elements of the Reform Party, who once said 250,000 new Canadians a year was too much, and should be reduced to 150,000.
MacNair also tackles the government's attempt to bring integrity back to Canada's joke of a refugee system.
First of all, there’s no such clear message. It’s widely known Canada is an “easy mark”, and not at all difficult to smuggle people into. Nor are the penalties for such crimes very severe. Nor would the current bill being presented as a tough on-smuggling legislation do anything to stop another boat of Tamils.
Bill C-49 provides very limited powers for the government, and doesn’t mitigate any of the costs Canadians are bothered with in the first place. The recent MV Sun Sea incident has been revealed to have cost us $25 million, and the new bill would only serve to increase such costs if a new boat arrived.
In other words Bill C-49 is window dressing to a mess of a refugee system concocted to placate the angry masses while pandering to special interest groups attached to the immigration industry. It makes it look like the government is doing something when in effect it isn't doing anything at all. But Jason Kenney has no intention of revoking the Singh decision making it clear he has no interest in fixing the problem.
To fully understand the government's motives in this you have to acknowledge that the immigration and refugee system have more to do with corralling immigrant block votes while importing new ones. Let's be clear here. Canada did not "welcome" 280,636 immigrants in 2010. The Conservative party imported 280,636 potential future Conservative party supporters.
I believe it was the Conservative government's very intention to exceed immigration quotas for 2010 as a means to show how immigrant friendly they are and defeat the anti-immigrant label the opposition parties have assigned it. This is their second consecutive minority government and they have an eye on a majority next election. They made gains last election and captured immigrant heavy riding Missaussauga-Erindale from the Liberals and almost seized Sikh majority riding Brampton-Springdale from Ruby Dhalla. They have momentum amongst immigrant votes and they are not going to let an ill-timed and unanticipated recession and the loss of Canadian jobs spoil it. While other governments the world over have the decency to cut back on immigration during hard times, it's politics as usual here in Canada.
So how do Canadians feel about this? Well if this CBC online poll is any indication, Canadians are saying enough is enough.
It does seem the government is listening. It does have plans to reduce immigration next year albeit by a mere 5% all to come out of the family reunification class. The CBC has it here along with the expected parade of immigrants with raging senses of entitlement. The Toronto Star has it here.
A day after Canada reported a record number of newcomers received last year, internal government documents reveal that Ottawa is planning to reduce its annual quota for parents and grandparents joining their families here.
At a news conference in Ottawa Monday, New Democrat immigration critic Olivia Chow said information obtained under an Access to Information request shows the federal government will further reduce the targets for such sponsorships from 15,300 in 2010 to 11,000.
However, in response to an earlier appeal by the Chinese Canadian community, Ottawa has decided to increase the quota for sponsorship of parents and grandparents in the Beijing visa office from 1,000 in 2010 to 2,650 in 2011, at the expense of other countries.
I guess some immigrants are more equal than others. If Jason Kenney actually bothered to get to know Canada's Chinese population he'd realize that they want to import their aged relatives to capitalize on Canada's health care system as they minimize their tax responsibilities by drawing an overseas income. He should of told them to get stuffed but votes are to be had. I'm sure the Sikh community will be unaffected as well.
I have to admit I was taken aback by the news. I thought the Conservatives would at least hold immigration quotas steady, not shovel more unnecessary and unwanted people into the country. What disgusts me is how reckless the immigration system is being used by the political class with no appreciation of its long-term consequences. But when fleeting short-term political careers are at stake you tend to look no further than the next election.