Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Booming Economy = More Immigrants. Recessionary Economy = Record Number Of Immigrants. Does That Make Sense?

So I'm sure you heard the news already. With almost utter contempt for working Canadians and the unemployed Jason Kenney announced that Canada "welcomed" a record number of immigrants to Canada, some 280,636 permanent residents, during a recessionary period as if that is something to boast about. Here is the press release.
“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.

11 comments:

Viejo Verde en Sodoma said...

"Of course we do. We're Canadians, we always know better."

Moved by the understanding that the purity of German blood is essential to the further existence of the German people, and inspired by the uncompromising determination to safeguard the future of the German nation, the Reichstag has unanimously resolved upon the following law, which is promulgated herewith.

Nuremberg Law.


Racism: Racism is the belief that the genetic factors which constitute race, ethnicity, or NATIONALITY are a primary determinant of human traits and CAPACITIES and that ethnic differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

Wikipedia.

Anonymous said...

And the government keeps setting the bar lower and lower. Ever wonder why immigrants from Europe are not coming anymore? Or if they do they move back once they see what Canada's social engineering is about? Because the masses Canada's immigration and refugee laws bring in see Canada a better place than the place they just left and want to take all the benefits of the society that was built by those in the past who came here to improve it.

The race to set the bar as low as possible started decades ago. You think health care will ever be reformed by any government just because it’s collapsing? Keep dreaming. It's still better than Pakistan. Does it matter that it's sliding to the quality level of East European health care services? No, because this satisfies the rapidly growing portion of the Canadian population. There is still way downward.

There is no driving force for improvement here. It's not only health care. Your ever growing taxes pay for government services that deteriorate year by year. These days you are lucky if you get someone on the phone who speaks acceptable level of English.

But I don't blame the immigrants. It's Canadian's fault. You tell Canadians that immigration is the "lifeblood of Canada and prosperity", their future wealth depends on it and they all blindly support it since that's what they have been hearing for decades. They don't bother looking at Ontario, where the ratio of foreign born population is over 30%, but the province is bankrupt, health care bills can't be paid, several generation senior Canadians keep working if they can to survive, their grand children can't afford buying a house. They were told decades ago the same things as today: mass immigration is good for their future.

That future is now....

Dominion of Canada said...

What percentage of Conservative party members and Conservative MPs are truly nationalist conservatives? I think the time is coming for a new political party that would take conservatives from the Conservative party, organised labour from the NDP, Environmentalists who had actually bothered to think about the impact of immigration from the Green Party, and WASPs who've had enough immigration from the Liberals.

Anonymous said...

I doubt the Feds have any real intention of turning off the immigration spigot...instead it's business as usual...full steam ahead.

Harper and Kenny take cues from their masters at U.N. headquarters, otherwise they'd be fired for not following orders.

Here's another tid-bit of interest that's moving us ever-so-carefully towards "globalism".

PaxCanadiana said...

Moved by the understanding that the purity of German blood...of a particular race.

DO NOT FEED THE TROLL.

It's clear this individual has succumbed to Goodwin's law and has nothing to say, probably because he has been defeated every time and is forced to resort to ad hominem reasoning. And we all know the first to shout racism is the first to concede defeat.

This just illustrates the intellectual bankruptcy of the pro-mass immigration, the pro "it's okay that your country is being colonized but not mine because I benefit from it" crowd.

PaxCanadiana said...

And the government keeps setting the bar lower and lower. Ever wonder why immigrants from Europe are not coming anymore?

Contrary to conventional wisdom Canada does not attract the best and brightest and hasn't for a long time. What we get instead are mostly opportunists from Asia or the bottom of the barrel from all points in between, to put it crassly.

One also has to consider if Canada will still be attractive to immigrants once its white population loses its majority status. I doubt Canada will be as attractive to immigrants once Asians dominate the demographic landscape.

PaxCanadiana said...

I think the time is coming for a new political party...

Well, the Christian Heritage Party of Canada has spoken out against immigration.

And for the record I am in no way affiliated with the CHP or campaigning for them.

I think the best way is to marshal the population to speak out against immigration and to challenge all the parties on their respective immigration platforms, which are more or less all the same. We need to get our voices heard because I guarantee there are plenty of Canadians who feel the same way.

David Cameron was able to speak as he did because it was clear there was emerging discontent with the British electorate with immigration and its partner in crime multiculturalism. I think it is the same here but the cultural elites do not want to talk about it, like Ibittson at the Globe, because it will show that they have been wrong all along.

Anonymous said...

"DO NOT FEED THE TROLL."

O.K. ...just one more time.....couldn't resist!

Viejo Verde en Sodoma said...

Goodwin's law its a good joke.
Did you read Racism definition?
My intellectual bankrupt illustrates that I respect your opinion, we are in Democracy.
" ...white population loses its majority status" you are really worry about the skin color, sure is about the Nuremberg Law.
Canadian goverment ask for immigrants, http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/es/biq/mexico/sesiones/index.php
My apologize i couldn't to find in English.

Olphawt said...

Cheesh!! What is all the fuss about Jason sucking up for the immigrant vote?? Libs and Dipers are doing it all the time. Let's get real here. Who wants to clamp down on this immigration farce we have in Canada? Certainly not the Opposition. Who needs a majority to implement changes? How are they going to get this majority? I am appalled that my hero "PaxCanada" would not analyze the subject and "see the light" The above opinion comes from an Olphawt that reads between the lines of BS that circulate for news.

PaxCanadiana said...

Who wants to clamp down on this immigration farce we have in Canada? Certainly not the Opposition.

Neither do the Conservatives. In our "first past the post" electoral system a candidate can win a seat without majority support. This is why immigrant swing votes have become so influential.

Who needs a majority to implement changes? How are they going to get this majority?

You're totally naive to think that the Conservatives have any interest in reforming the immigration system. Doing so would hurt their political interests. Many of the reforms Jason Kenney proposed has been for show having been watered down to become ineffectual to placate the immigration industry and its lobbyists.

Am I correct to believe that you think the Conservatives secretly want to bring much needed changes but need a majority to do so and thus are temporarily placating immigrant block votes to achieve this? I can can hear the accusations of "hidden agenda" and "anti-immigrant" already. Think about it. Why would they bait and switch immigrant block votes like that? They will never recover from the damage.