Sunday, 22 April 2012

Canada Is Just One Shopping Mall Among Many.

What makes Canada the most desirable is that it is the easiest one to get into.
Anyone who thinks people choose Canada because of multiculturalism or bicycle lanes in big cities would do well to remember our last municipal election, when Rob Ford received over 50 per cent of the votes of Torontonians born outside Canada. I can tell you my own tale — a couple of summers ago I taught ESL in a Toronto suburb. My students were teenagers new to Canada. I asked them why their parents came here. Almost down to a kid they said, “Because we couldn’t get into the States.” They did not say, “Because Canada is diverse and signed the Kyoto Protocol.” They did not have a Panglossian view of this country. They saw it as they saw the United States — free and fair — though not as powerful a draw. 
Let us abandon all self-fellating Trudeaupian platitudes and just accept the fact that what draws most immigrants to Canada is the perception of it being nothing more than an ATM and a shopping mall.  We are just America-lite minus the world wide hate.

I know, I know, they come here for a "better life" which often results in a worse life for us but the "better life" can be defined as such: an ATM and a shopping mall.

I know, I know, you are going to tell me that it can be difficult to immigrate to Canada but comparatively speaking, when it comes to immigration systems Canada is as easy as it comes.

They certainly do not come here for the climate.  It cannot be because of our Canadian values because those values are not particularly unique to Canada and can be had through all the western world.  They do not come here for the food nor our culture since even we Canadians have a hard time trying to figure out what that is.  Besides, were they so committed to fully integrating into the Canadian mainstream then one has to wonder why they exert so much effort at preserving their non-Euro-American identities in North America resulting in an explosion of ethnic enclaves in Canada's largest cities.

It is clear to me that materialism is what draws them to Canada.  I cannot fault them for this impulse since it is a natural human trait that drives one's actions albeit not a very noble one.  And since the majority come from the underdeveloped, poor nations of the world anywhere is likely to be a step up.  But it is tantamount to having someone admit to you that they only love you for your money.  This reveals the person to be selfish and shallow and you lose all respect for them as a human being.

So is this a problem then?  If we are nothing more than just consumers living in a consumer society, if we are nothing more than just shoppers living in shopping mall Canada, then it is a problem if it inhibits one's ability to consume and thus participate as a citizen and be happy.  If happiness can be derived by consumption then the immigration system is adversely affecting Canadian's levels of happiness by driving up the cost of living by inflating the cost of housing; by increasing commute times created by urban sprawl and traffic congestion resulting in fuel costs eating up more disposable income; by contributing to inflation by over supplying the labour market leading to a stagnation of incomes and chronic under-employment; by reallocating public monies (money we pay in taxes to deliver services such as health-care and education) to an under-performing immigration system that could otherwise be invested in programs to increase the standard of living of all Canadians.  Ultimately it increases competition for resources that can determine present and future earning potential (and level of happiness) by increasing demand for coveted spots in school, for retraining programs, and through preferential hiring policies.

If you identify more with Canadian culture, history, and the country's world renowned natural beauty instead of being a consumer in shopping mall Canada then the picture is not any better.  Encouraged by official multiculturalism and the view that Canada is, indeed, just a shopping mall we have created an immigrant population, and growing, who have no interest to preserve Canadian culture nor remember the nation's history and it's accomplishments without reimagining it some self-serving fashion.  In fact a Canadian cultural identity is hobbled by multiculturalism because it is still relies on foreign sources for it's definition much like Canadian culture has been criticised by being too heavily influenced by first the British and then the Americans resulting in a poverty of uniquely Canadian content.  Immigration driven urban sprawl is eating up valuable farmland, threatens green spaces, and places stress on our natural habitat that over the long term is just as environmentally ruinous as the Alberta tar sands if you think about it.

Greater importance needs to be placed on selecting immigrants who actually want to come here and appreciate Canada for the country that it is and who want to fully integrate without making as much of a cultural impact as possible.  I do not know how this can be accomplished.  Perhaps dramatically cutting back on intake numbers and allowing for more to be personally interviewed would do the trick.  We already have a population who think this country is nothing but a shopping mall.  We do not need to add onto that by  bringing people in from abroad who think the same way as well.  What kind of nation building is that?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Curbing the easy, one-stop shopping expedition to our welfare office would also put a quick stop to the parasitical class of immigrants.

The push-pull affect works marvelously well in tandem when poor 3rd world foreigners are drawn towards the "pull" end of this equation in 1st world nations.

However what little money they possess, these unknown strangers have already been made aware, even before leaving their own faraway shores, the "land of trusting fools" (that term is so apt) will guarantee they have a roof over their heads, are well fed, and have free, top-notch medical care provided to them.

(Also, bear in mind, those figures compiled by the Fraser Institute, these immigrants are costing us $23 BILLION every year!)

Now, let's look at the reverse immigrant flow that doesn't exist.

Imagine a flood of White Canadians flowing to India, for example, to a country that probably lacks all the welfare benefits described above.

First, those imaginary Canadian immigrants would hardly be seen as a class above the "untouchable" Dalits. No human rights tribunals, nor "hate" laws to badger the locals into accepting White strangers to their land.

Self-reliancy is an absolute requirement in providing all your own living costs. There's no government-funded multi-culti centres, no free money, no free housing, no free medical care, no nothing of the sort. Any takers? Of course not!

To rectify our own nonsensical immigration policies in the absence of the Singh decision, Canadian citizenship should only be granted after 7 years of proven Canadian work experience. Buying private medical insurance would be mandatory. No access to any welfare benefit would be allowed until after we grant them honorary Canadian citizenship. Any takers? Perhaps 70% of those potential immigrants would refuse the deal, leaving the balance of having any real desire to prove themselves worthy of carrying a Canadian passport.

Anyhow, none of that matters because its all fantasy despite knowing that multiculturalism does not work, never has, and never will.

As a nation, Canada will simply continue to flagellate itself to death, until we're no longer worthy to call ourselves sovereign.

Now here is an Australian website recently discovered, showing old photographs of jailed women and men in Sydney, Australia.

This was a time long before our modern welfare came into existence, where the benefits we take for granted today, simply did not exist. No job security, no work pensions, no welfare, no old-age benefits, nor free medical care.

Some of the women's crimes are described as "vagrancy" which was a charge more easily proved than prostitution.

Agriculture jobs, dangerous factory jobs, mines or forestry were some of the staple jobs of the day, or one turned to crime. One either worked, or you starved.

So in essence, our first world White nations did not always have it so easy.

PaxCanadiana said...

To rectify our own nonsensical immigration policies in the absence of the Singh decision, Canadian citizenship should only be granted after 7 years of proven Canadian work experience.

That's how it used to be and it made better Canadians out of immigrants because they had to work for their citizenship and therefore cherished it more when they got it.

Today it is only assumed they will get it and the sooner the better. Any delay is viewed as a violation of their human rights. Because of the relative ease by which it is obtained now we have reared immigrants who are; in comparison to immigrants from the post-war period; spoiled, demanding, arrogant, and who harbour a raging sense of entitlement while feeling culturally superior to Canadians. How do they think that's going to make us feel?

Buying private medical insurance would be mandatory. No access to any welfare benefit would be allowed until after we grant them honorary Canadian citizenship.

I'm positive the majority of Canadians agree with you on that.

Perhaps 70% of those potential immigrants would refuse the deal, leaving the balance of having any real desire to prove themselves worthy of carrying a Canadian passport.

I totally agree. If we make Canadian citizenship harder to come by we can separate the wheat from the chaff. We can attract the kind of immigrants Canada is deserving of, not immigrants who feel entitled to come to Canada.

So in essence, our first world White nations did not always have it so easy.

A fact of history so shamefully unacknowledged.

Anonymous said...

Greetings PaxCanadiana:

Greater importance needs to be placed on selecting immigrants who actually want to come here and appreciate Canada for the country that it is and who want to fully integrate without making as much of a cultural impact as possible.

I am one of the "legit" immigrants you specify above. I, for one, find the current immigration policies to be a travesty and an affront to legitimate skilled workers like myself. While we have to work hard to be accepted as immigrants, then work to "fit in" with heritage Canadians, so many others come in by cheating or through loopholes, whether "refugees", family class, etc. In fact, people like myself are forced to wait forever while those other bogus classes are ushered in. Meanwhile, people like me who work good jobs and contribute to the economy have to pay for the freeloaders who were given priority access over ourselves. Those who add to the tax base, the economy, and the overall society and culture are forced to the back of the queue while those who want to be on the dole with their bogus refugee claims, and their family class nonsense are given the red carpet treatment.

I have no interest in creating a cultural enclave or in trying to visibly live apart from those Canadians who are a part of mainstream Western/Judeo-Christian culture. People who view Canada as a hotel or a shopping mall make people like me look bad.

I hope you can get at least a bit of comfort in knowing that at least some of us like the country as it is and want to integrate with the heritage population, and that we're as upset as you are when we hear about those who show no respect for the host population that so generously allowed them to join a great country.

Janice Marquis said...

My native friend is half french and half native. I am half french and half irish. BOth of us our ancestors goes back to forever. Mine goes back to 1630 quebec city from the french sidee. Both of us have never found great fulltime jobs although we are very bright. We both grew up middle class with both parents workings in good jobs. Due to massive immigration canadian born women are not being hired, especially since 2008,when we found over 1 million canadians lost their jobs. Funny nothing is said about that! My friend and I will more than likely never have kids since we never found fulltime work and or good husbands, we have been driven into poverty. Where once we held great jobs all our lives, we now cannot find enough money to eat and pay the rent. Where are we to go??We are the local people and its disguisting that we are not being hired in our OWN country. THousands of immigrants come here and never work, collect welfare and other benefits and get to have babies, get h ousing for 150 a month and they are very rude and disrespectful to us. Just what t ype of a country is this that is neglects the local people and their ancestors who build this great christian nation>>>>>>>>>??Laurier if he were alive would be appalled. In the meantime there are NO JOBS even for the local people and their parents will ahve to work til forever to pay for immigrants who dont give a hoot about them or their culture