After seven years of stagnating numbers, Canada should start boosting immigration levels starting in 2014, according to an internal government review obtained by Postmedia News.
The study, dubbed a “Literature review and expert advice to inform Canada’s immigration levels planning,” suggests immigration levels should begin increasing six per cent a year to approximately 337,000 in 2018, after which levels should plateau until 2021, the end of the review period.
According to the report, the short-term boost is needed to balance the labour market and is based on economic projections that take into account things like unemployment rates.Oh! It's based on economic projections. How could that possibly go wrong?
Ever check the weather forecast and look at the long-term forecasts and weather trends and see if they come to pass? I do and I'll tell ya they rarely do. When they do it's by happenstance, not by reliable computer assisted forecasting.
Environment Canada uses some of the most advanced super-computers available to make as accurate a forecast as they can yet forecasts made beyond a 48 hour period can only be taken with a grain of salt. Anything longer than that and you might as well go see a palm reader 'cause her guess will be as good anyone else's.
So we're supposed to rely on "economic projections" - mere educated guesses base on current data - to shape Canada's immigration system five years into the future especially when we have available data that tells us that it's not working even at current numbers and Canadians cannot stomach more of it.
And what if those projections are inaccurate as they are so want to do? We all know how good economists are at predicting the future. Look at the financial crisis of 2008. They saw it coming from miles away if only everyone had listened.
Who are these yahoos making these projections? Who are these jokers saying we need 337,000 a year by 2018 when we already have the highest immigrant intake numbers per capita in the world? And why does the government so readily listen to them when there are opposing views to consider? Give me a break!
I may not know who these economic forecasters are but I bet I can find them on Bay Street in Toronto working for Canada's "big six" banks. 337,000 immigrants a year is not a good idea for Canada but it sure as hell is a profitable idea for them.
Oh, and ignore that gunshot. It's just Canada committing cultural suicide. Nothing to worry about. Nothing to worry about at all.