A reader sent me this link. It's a story about African immigration into Brooks, Alberta and how it is changing the town's cowboy image as if the residents of Brooks want that in the first place. The "cowboy image" is part of the Alberta's history and cultural heritage and it is a rich one at that. It is what makes Canadians a diverse people and Albertans unique within the cultural landscape of the nation. So I can't image the change African immigrantion is bringing to the town and province is being done by invitation but more so by fiat. And even if change is wanted I doubt anyone will look to Africa for guidance.
What African immigration does offer a host society likes Canada's, I have to say I am at a loss. Let's take Somali immigration as an example seeing how Canada hosts the largest population of ex-pat Somali's outside of Africa thanks to, well you know who to blame.
These are a people who come from a tribal society who didn't have a functioning alphabet until 1972; who at this time in their history have been unable to form any semblance of a functioning government, economy, or society prompting some to call Somalia a "failed state"; who practice polygamy, arranged marriages, and female gentile mutilation thanks to Islam's influences; who culturally indulge in an amphetamine called khat, a practice so problematic that it is at the root of Somalia's civil unrest while acting as an economic drain; who have brought this drug to Canada and want it decrriminalized; who have one of the highest secondary school drop out rates in Toronto's school system; and whose only real contribution to Canada are cab rides and representation in the global jihad movement. Canada would have been better off tying a giant albatross around her neck than allowing Somali immigration.
So to say Canada or Brooks, Alberta is enriched by Somali or any African culture should invoke laughter since they have more to learn from us then we from them. But this rant isn't the crux of this post. When you read the linked article a company name pops up: XL Foods Lakeside Packers Inc.
The immigrant puff piece was published in 2009 and undoubtedly co-written by XL Foods PR department if not the whole thing. I say this because XL Foods is the magnet drawing African immigrants into the town. But what has XL Foods been up to lately?
On April 9, 2011 we learn XL Foods laid off 500 workers in Calgary.
Last year XL Foods locked out 200 employees from its Moose Jaw plant in Sask.
Prior to the lockout those workers where on layoff.
Why was XL Foods importing employees from Africa to work in Alberta while it had trained, idle employees in Saskatchewan it could utilize? Meanwhile it just laid-off workers in Calgary.
The initial article claims that immigrants are needed because well paying jobs in Alberta's oil fields are attracting away potential workers. This is nonsense since XL Foods would rather lock out laid-off workers then relocate them to Brooks. This looks like union busting to me and immigration is there to play its role. So where the hell is the Canadian Labour Congress?
Like its cowardly pathetic counterparts in the the environmental movement the CLC and the labour movement as a whole have been silent on immigration. This is curious since immigration is being used as a weapon to roll back wages, promote poor working conditions, and bust unions. Indeed, this is characteristic of North America's meat packing industry which has found itself reliant on immigration, legal or not, to provide an obsequious workforce to keep working conditions poor. This encourages a high turnover rate to ensure low wages and an upward flow of wealth. Since meat packing doesn't have the luxury to outsource its operations overseas to avoid labour laws and union influence it has to import the foreign workforce it wants to exploit.
If Canada's labour unions actually cared they'd pressure the government for more stringent immigration criteria and quotas so that it cannot be used as a weapon to attack the livelihood of Canadians. Instead we get silence but I have come to expect that. Canada's unions have to come to caring only about protecting their own turf and bargaining power. Shows of worker solidarity are just that: shows. Calls for good jobs are just words. When a union is broken down to its component members you realize that the only job they care about protecting is theirs and if immigration does not affect it they simply do not care who it hurts.