A government aviation official and three other people have been arrested in a widening investigation of corruption in awarding flying licenses to airline pilots, police said Saturday.
The four men were arrested Friday in New Delhi for their involvement in a flying school in the western Indian state of Rajasthan that had issued fake certificates of training flights flown by its students.
On Friday, aviation authorities canceled the licenses of commercial pilots for exaggerating their flying time while training.
Something to keep in mind for those who advocate the awarding of licenses to foreign trained professionals. There are reasons why Canada has the best educated taxi drivers in the world. These credentialed immigrants either don't meet the standards or we simply didn't need them in the first place.
More to the topic at hand Canada not only needs to scale back immigration but immigration from places like India. The prime reason: it is a haven for fraud.
Reporting about fraud in India is like talking about the weather here in Canada. It is so banal and obvious there really is no reason to talk about it aside from having nothing to talk about at all. For a country like India, and even China, fraud is to be expected and is pretty much what keeps the country going. Just recently a former Indian state official and three of the country's telecom companies are being charged for fraud by state authorities.
The fact that fraud is as Indian as a masala is something that should be of concern since Canada irrationally imports more people from that country than it warrants. By doing so we are exposing ourselves to that culture of deceit for gain.
The foremost problem is documentation fraud. How many Indian immigrants have acquired their credentials by fraudulent means? This is something that cannot easily be answered.
Marriage fraud is epidemic within the south Asian community. Sometimes it is an Indian national scamming an Indian with Canadian citizenship. Sometimes it is the other way around. Oftentimes it is a conspiracy with both parties to scam the immigration system.
The Khalsa Credit Union, a financial institution servicing Canada's Sikhs, found itself involved in a GST scam in 2003.
A corruption trial in British Columbia involving B.C. Rail and two prominent members of Canada's south Asian population ended in a guilty plea.
The Bank of Montreal left itself vulnerable to fraud in its zeal to sell mortgages to immigrants. The mortgage fraud cost the bank $30 million dollars that was funneled to Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and, of course, India. Called "Oklahomans", it should come to no surprise that south Asians are front and center in BMO's lawsuit. As far as I'm concerned the bank deserved what it got.
This is just a sampling. And this is saying nothing of the daily fraud the Liberal Party of Canada exposed the nation to when, for political reasons, it opened a mission in Chandigarh, Punjab; arguably the fraud capital of India.
What is primarily driving Indian immigration to the west is fashion, not necessarily a better life. Western citizenship is a sign of status (as is skin tone and complexion) and having it, or someone in the family who does, separates you from those on the lower rings of India's caste based society. Many Indian immigrants lived, well, damn good lives back in India, comparatively speaking, but their obsession with status drives them west and into obscurity. They are not here for a better life because they lived it back home. They are here for fashion and many will do anything, even cheat, to get it.
When you actually think about it there is no legitimate reason why Canada should be importing so many immigrants from India. I'm sure one can point to a few "success stories" but as a whole Indian immigration hasn't done much for the nation except deliver votes to the Liberal Party, a racket the Conservatives have made clear they are hellbent on breaking into, while crowding our cities and fueling urban sprawl. The reason why India, and China, top the list consistently is not based on Canada's need for them but on pure volume of applicants. India are China are the world's most populace nations and by consequence produce the most number of immigration applications to Canada, dwarfing everywhere else.
Canada can protect itself simply by scaling back immigration. Doing so will allow better scrutiny of each applicant. The current numbers driven, not quality driven, immigration system makes this difficult if not impossible.