Monday, 12 March 2012

When A Better Life For You Means A Worse Life For Us: On Immigration And Youth Unemployment.

The latests job figures paint a not too rosy picture for job seekers.  According to the data job creation stalled in the country "despite signs of a healthy domestic economy and a comeback by the U.S. job market."
However the unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% down from 7.6% in January.  This seems strange in light of the news but it makes sense because the unemployment rate doesn't count those who dropped out of the workforce who otherwise would be participating had adequate employment opportunities been available.
The unemployment rate nonetheless dropped to 7.4 percent from 7.6 percent in January, largely because 38,000 people dropped out of the workforce, the most since January 2009.
This tells us that the official unemployment rate underestimates the real unemployment rate and doesn't reliably gauge the health of the labour market.  It is reasonable to assume then that the unemployment rate is actually in double digit territory and it is made worse if we consider the under-employed, contract, part-time, and seasonal workers.

Hardest hit are young Canadians.  Officially the unemployment for Canadians aged 15-24 is double the national average of 7.4% and currently sits at 14.7% but since we can reasonably assume this figure underestimates the real rate it's possibly chasing 20%.

The Toronto Star editorialized on the matter in today's issue oblivious to the fact that the pro mass-immigration agenda it promotes in its pages plays a major role in youth employment.  It opts instead to shift blame to the government for making cut backs to services that it assumes will undermine the employment prospects of Canada's young.  The paper is right to blame the government but for the wrong reason because mass immigration is the problem and if the government should be making cut backs anywhere it is in the number of immigrants this country receives each year.

But a funny thing appeared in yesterday's issue.  Two letters to the editor were published in the editorial pages of the Sunday, March 11, 2012 edition that, taken together, pretty much summed up the situation of youth unemployment in Canada better than any editorial.

One letter writer had this to say about a article called "Jobless Gen Y: Young, unemployed and giving up hope":

          Struggling to find decent jobs 
Re: Jobless Gen Y: Young, unemployed and giving up hope, March 9Thank you for continuing to write stories on the difficulty Gen Y youth are having finding not only meaningful employment, but any employment that will allow them to afford even a sub-modest life and pay off a mountain of debt. 
As a 20-something myself, actually approaching 30, with three university degrees (one a Masters), and working for $15 an hour as a receptionist, I can sympathize with these stories. 
Besides struggling to pay off loans, a mortgage and car payments, I struggle most with having others place blame on my generation as being lazy, unsatisfied and unrealistic in our job expectations and comparing us to other generations who were able to secure employment in drastically different economic times. 
I work full-time, part-time, volunteer and take continuing education courses, leaving me enough time a week only to apply to jobs I never hear a response from and wonder if it's just me who's losing hope. 
Thank you again for writing these articles. I would encourage the Star to continue because they do more than you can imagine.

Ana Cruceru, Bolton
Printed above it was a letter written by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney himself responding to an article that trots out the discredited and oh, so very sleepy, over-exaggerated skills shortage myth "Olive: Skills shortage highlights faulty thinking on immigration."  (To digress for a moment I have to say I like David Olive but he gets it so wrong here.  I was hoping he would be better educated about the issue but apparently not.  He is just as ignorant about the immigration issue as seemingly everyone else who makes a living as a Canadian journalist.  It is disappointing to see him unquestionably accept the discredited tropes of the pro mass-immigration argument about the alleged "skills shortage" and to me this smacks of lazy and agenda driven journalism.  But fortunately readers take him to school in the comments section.)  Kenney write:
Immigration levels have increased
Re: Skills shortage highlights faulty thinking on immigration, Column, March 5David Olive's column on immigration includes several factual errors. He writes that “Ottawa has cut the inflow of immigrants from an annual 250,000 to 225,000, trapped by a recession-era mindset that is obsolete.” The opposite is true. The average intake of permanent residents under the previous Liberal government (from 1994 to 2005) was 222,000. Since taking office in 2006, our government has welcomed an average of 254,000 new permanent residents per year, an increase of 14 per cent. This represents the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history, and the highest per capita level of immigration in the developed world, adding 0.8 per cent to our population per year. 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly pointed out that, unlike previous Canadian governments and many other developed countries, we maintained high immigration levels throughout the recession precisely because we understand that one of the greatest challenges facing the Canadian economy is a large and growing labour shortage. For example, in 2010 we welcomed 280,000 newcomers, the highest number in six decades, notwithstanding the global economic downturn. By comparison, the Trudeau government slashed immigration levels from 143,000 to under 90,000 during the recession in the early 1980s, and the Chrétien government cut intake from more than 257,000 to 174,000 in the mid-1990s.
Olive also writes that “Ottawa has slashed its funding of immigrant settlement services for Ontario by $70 million.” Again, the opposite is true. The $70 million has been reallocated to other parts of the country, where immigration levels have increased massively, to ensure fair per capita funding across Canada. But even after that change, we are spending three times more on settlement services in Ontario than the previous government did in 2005, moving from $111 million to $347 million. That's a huge increase, not a cut. 
Finally, he says that we “haven't even tried” to tackle the problem of credential recognition. The federal government cannot dictate policies to provincial professional bodies or provinces. But we have done a great deal to address this longstanding challenge, creating the Foreign Credential Referral Office to help immigrants prepare for credential assessment before they leave for Canada; investing $50 million in the development of a national framework for faster and simpler licensing of foreign credentials; and most recently launching microloan programs to help newcomers upgrade their skills and pay for assessment fees. 
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
That's Jason Kenney bragging about how he increased immigration levels and kept them high while Canadians were losing their jobs - many of them recent immigrants - as the economy tanked; juxtaposed with a letter written by a young Canadian woman expressing her frustrations at trying to get a foothold and succeed in a discouraging job market where despite her high level of educational attainment a job as a receptionist is so far all that is available to her (and we wonder why immigrants with Phds. are driving cabs).

I don't know if this pairing of letters was intentional or not but the connection is clear, lost only to those whose wilful ignorance on the immigration issue makes them blind to it: high immigration and youth unemployment are related.  If unemployment is high among Canada's young it is likely due to them being driven out of the job market by immigrants.  Or, if Canada's educated young are having a hard time finding adequate employment, what is the likelihood that immigrants - the majority of whom hail from the developing world - will be more successful?  To put it another way, if there are no jobs for Canada's young then there are no jobs for immigrants.

I am old enough to remember a time when fast food restaurants were primarily staffed by teenagers looking to make some cash in a part-time after school job and college kids working to offset their tuition fees.  Now these jobs are largely staffed by immigrants undoubtedly using them as a means to obtain permanent residency status so that they can eventually leave it and compete with Canadians in the labour market for jobs Canadians want to do.  This is very evident in Toronto and the surrounding area.

What I find remarkable is the high level of acceptance by Canada's young for the immigration system seemingly unaware that the system is undermining their future.  This can be blamed on the propaganda they are indoctrinated into accepting in the public education system by a unionised teaching staff that needs immigrants to bring in the children Canadians cannot afford to have so that schools can remain open, teachers can keep their overly generous public sector jobs, and the union can remain strong.  Marry this to threats of a public shaming and accusations of racism towards those who criticise the immigration system even in the slightest.  But Canada's young need to be more critical of the immigration system if they expect to have any future of value in this country.  When the Canadian born and educated children of immigrants have a difficult time find adequate employment hopes should not be high for the next plane loads of would be Canadians.


Anonymous said...

My god.. thank you for this blog. (Not that I really believe in God..)

So.. society would hate and theoretically stone and ostracize me if my true feelings were known. To be dissatisfied these days.. to be upset.. is just NOT allowed.

I'm 32. I am still begging entry level positions. I don't have a car.. I don't have a down payment. I am getting by, month to month.. my salary is less than my age. Wait.. that was last year when I had a salary.

Did I mention I'm 6th generation Canadian? Did I mention that I don't have some lovely other county that I still in my heart consider my real home?

I am fed up to screaming with the fact that EVERYWHERE I go, I see people that are barely understandable in English working in jobs I DREAM NIGHTLY of having, ones that offer liveable wages. I once failed a math course because I couldn't' understand a word coming out of my teachers mouth. But I was the one being insincere.

I'm all for letting these people have a chance to better their lives.. but after those who's great grandparents, and who heart and soul call this home, have been able to establish themselves. I'm so tired, so frustration. I feel for the Natives, it's just too bad the small pox ect. didn't go the other way. In the meantime, I"m stuck. I don't even know anyone overseas.. I have to make my way here. Only.. all the good, and well paying jobs that I qualify for.. are already taken. Subway positions.. they pay VERY well.. and are know to be a "great job for immigrants!!" Registrars at colleges and universities.. that might let me (buy my first car when I'm 34..) manned by immigrants. Other high paying entry level government office positions.. (ooh! I could leave my coackroach invested appartment once and for all on a $40,000 wage!!) oh right.. last time I went to one.. or called.. I could barely understand the person or their indian accent.

What's a girl supposed to do? Is there any place to complain? This is supposedly my country.. but my country supposedly doesn't want me.. it's too busy trying to bend over backwards to accommodate people from somewhere else. It's enough to almost make me wish I was from the states.

Anonymous said...

Kick out all the immigrants/people who weren't born here since free trade came into existence, and our unemployment woes would dissimilar overnight. And yes.. I DO HAVE A FING PROBLEM with you treating your wife like a mule you jacka!$$$ I don't want MY KIDS to see that BS!

Anonymous said...

Pax.. You are my hero.
Thank you for daring to be my voice, when I would be shunned if I spoke my mind. Immigration needs to stop now.
Even UofT favors international students to those where were raised here.. they can charge them a LOT More.
Canada.. the land of hope and opportunity. Unless you were born here.. for you.. we have nothing.

PaxCanadiana said...

I'm 32. I am still begging entry level positions.

You're not alone. There are many like yourself across the nation. Even younger Canadians in their 20s, many being the Canadian born children of immigrants, are having a hard time as well. Recent University and college grads are being told not to be too proud to take a job "flipping burgers" by the same people who told them to get an education if they don't want to be forced to take a job "flipping burgers." How's that for mixed messages?

This tells us of the current health of the labour market and that immigration should be cut. Failure to do so is an attack on Canadians and jeopardizes the futures the nation's young. I should also point out that Canada has the most educated labour force in all of the G8 (yet we are one of the most indebted people as Canadian household debt levels are now at record levels). The alleged "skills shortage" is "over dramatized" as Don Drummond once put it. To continue to to import insane amount of immigrants in a time like this can only build resentment.

PaxCanadiana said...

Even UofT favors international students to those where were raised here.. they can charge them a LOT More.
Canada.. the land of hope and opportunity. Unless you were born here.. for you.. we have nothing.

If I may be so bold to slightly modify what you wrote I'd have written "Canada: the land of hope and opportunity. Unless you were born here and AND ARE WHITE, for you we have nothing."

We should stop kidding ourselves and pretend "positive discrimination" against the white majority isn't going on or is not being encouraged. You can see this in action here in Toronto as many mediocre and obviously "token" "journalists" deliver us Torontonians the daily news. If members of the host majority society are being asked or even forced to make way for an imported people then there is something definitely wrong with the system.

Anonymous said...

9:30 pm says:

"I'm all for letting these people have a chance to better their lives.."

"These people" don't give a damn about you before, after or if ever, you get a good paying job in your own country. And... neither does the government.

Why are the immigration flood-gates held wide open during an economic downturn when thousands of Canadian workers and university graduates struggle to find suitable jobs?

Ask yourself why qualified WHITE Canadian born people are mostly held to the 2nd and 3rd levels of consideration for good jobs, while foreign-born minorities are given priority well beyond their proportional numbers?

Why do good-paying government jobs have an excess number of immigrants working in departments such as the immigration department??

Why does it seem I'm arriving at a foreign international airport when most of the "Canadian" gatekeepers are NON-white immigrants who're asking ME for my passport??

Are these jobs that real Canadians refuse to do? Of course not! So how many qualified Canadians were turned away to accommodate these visible minorities? Many, many thousands!

Before mass 3rd-world immigration began to take root in our country about 35-40 years ago, women were encouraged to pursue careers in competition with the traditional male bread winner. (Google Aaron Russo + feminism for more info)

Fast forward to today, and their favourite pets are "visible-minorities" (both genders) who've now usurped the role that White women once held.

What had happened to the traditional Canadian male in diminishing his importance in our work environment... is now happening to the White Canadian female worker.

This is no accident! It's a deliberate plan of attack calibrated to destroy the once stable family unit to allow for state culture Marxism to take its place. The tried and true "divide & conquer" method works every time.

Just 30 years ago, Canada's White majority was still about 95%.

Statistics Canada has not yet released the figures for our 2011 demographics, but I estimate we're now reduced to 81%... and dropping more and more every year due to the continual mass influx of 3rd world immigrants.

Until squeamish White Canadians begin addressing the RACE issue without fear of the "racist" label, there will be little hope for any of us.

One final note: From the estimated 7,000,000,000 people on earth, 92% are classed as NON-white!

So, do your math and learn your future.