Wednesday, 25 June 2014

If Mohamed Fahmy Is A Canadian Then Why Isn't Jim Carrey An American?: On 'Canadians' and Canucks.

Tough break for Mohamed Fahmy. He was handed a seven year prison sentence in Egypt on terrorism related charges. This is Egypt so you can be assured the charges are bogus.

So why is he Canada's problem?

Oh right, that dual citizenship thing. You see, Mohamed Fahmy was born in Egypt and lived there until his family immigrated to Canada in 1991. They eventually spoke the enchanted words of the citizenship oath and like a Hogwarts spell presto-chango were magically transformed into maple syrup bleeding Canadians on the spot.

Mohamed Fahmy is forty years old which means he was seventeen when he first arrived in Canada. According to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Fahmy hasn't lived in Canada for the past eleven years. Doing the math Fahmy hasn't lived in Canada for twenty-eight years out of his forty year life. He's only spent twelve years of his life in Canada spending the majority of his life outside the country. Yet, he's Canadian somehow and therefore our responsibility.

But if Mohamed Fahmy is Canadian then why isn't Jim Carrey an American? Jim Carrey is a famous Hollywood comedic actor. He was born in Canada but for most of his life has lived and worked in the U.S. He also holds U.S. citizenship. Applying the criteria the Canadian media does to claim Mohamed Fahmy as Canadian, and thus our responsibility, then Jim Carrey is not Canadian but is, in fact, an American.

But we don't say that do we? We say Jim Carrey is Canadian just like we do with Mike Myers or with any Canadian who's made a name for him or herself outside the country. We even do it with Keanu Reeves even though he wasn't born in Canada and was merely passing through.

When it comes to claiming citizens we want our cake and to eat it too. When foreigners move to Canada and become Canadian citizens we say they're Canadians now. When Canadian born citizens move abroad and become dual citizens of a foreign country we still claim them as Canadians. And when foreigners with Canadian citizenship return to their homelands we still call them Canadians even though they're now living in their native lands of birth.  Funny that.

But what is citizenship if nothing more than a legal document granting you specific state guarantees and protections. Beyond that it doesn't say anything about you. That's why there's a difference between Canadian citizens and Canadians, between "Canadians" and "Canucks." We inherently know the differences and words on a piece of paper can't easily erase them.

There are some 50,000 Canadians right now living and working in Lebanon. There's an additional 300,000 or so Canadians living and working in Hong Kong. There's a total 2.8 million Canadians living and working abroad, mostly in the U.S. How many of these people are dual citizens and if so why should their Canadian nationality take precedence in their dual citizenship status? China doesn't recognize dual citizenship at all. In the eyes of Beijing dual Chinese-Canadian citizens are nothing but Chinese. The Indian government recognizes its overseas citizens as Non Resident Indians. It further recognizes the children born to its overseas population as a Person of Indian Origin for two generations; likewise for Egypt. Canada only recognizes one generation but this does mean one can be born and live abroad not having once set foot in the country and not know a word in either English of French let alone be able to locate Canada on a map and still be considered Canadian by law.

Being born in Canada doesn't mean you're Canadian either. Many are being born on Canadian soil in cultural and social settings that are de facto colonies of nations with no historical or founding roots in the creation of the country. With the aid of modern day communications technology what we euphemistically refer to as ethnic communities are in practice territorial expansions of other nations on Canadian soil.

What I'm saying is citizenship doesn't mean anything anymore. Now, it's nothing more than the legal right to carry a passport of a particular nation and expect the protection of the government that issued it and access to the benefits of the society it governs. It used to mean something when you said you were British, or American, or French, or Australian, or German, or Spanish, or Canadian. Thanks to globalization and the culturally suicidal madness of multiculturalism mass immigration, mostly third world immigration, is making western societies more alike rather than enhancing the uniqueness and attractiveness of each nation. It's the paradox of multiculturalism. The more multicultural a nation becomes the less multicultural the world. Now what makes us different is just geography and language where citizenship is sought based on ease of attainment and the entitlements and protections it bestows to the holder. We're not importing "new Canadians." We're assuming liabilities.

This brings me back to Mohamed Fahmy. In his defense he told the court he could "never possibly betray his country." When I read that I was honestly puzzled. How does he mean he could never possibly betray Canada? Then I realized when he said "his country" he meant Egypt. I guess Canada is just an insurance policy then; to bail him out when he gets into trouble. He's Egyptian but Canadian when it suites his needs but that's the "new Canadian" I've come to discover. Be it a hyphen, dual citizen, "newcomer", immigrant or their Canadian born kids they're Canadian but only when they need to be.

Monday, 23 June 2014

$24 Billion.

That's that amount of money Canada's seven million foreign born residents removed from the Canadian economy in 2012 as remittances according to a World Bank study.

I don't have a problem with remittances. I would probably do the same thing. It beats foreign aid as it goes directly to the people who need it instead of corrupt government coffers.

But, on a balance sheet this is a loss for Canada. It's been established that immigrants' contribution to the economy is negligible. They are also a tax burden according to a much cited, and relatively unchallenged, Fraser Institute study. With TFWs compounding the costs to Canadians by contributing to regional unemployment and wage suppression now we learn Canada's foreign born, both permanent and temporary, are removing some $20 billion dollars from the economy yearly.

Since none of this is beneficial to the average Canadian the immigration system is turning out to be a money hemorrhaging investment only the shadiest of financial advisers would recommend.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

From the Best and Brightest Files: Another Alleged 'Canadian', Another Bonafide Jihadi

Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a Calgarian in his early 20s, is fighting overseas with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, CBC News has learned. 
Shirdon, who was enrolled in the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology until at least 2012, appears in an ISIS video released two months ago. 
Before burning his Canadian passport, Shirdon, in full view of the camera lens, issues a threat to Canada, the U.S. and "all oppressors." 
"We are coming and we will destroy you by the will of God," Shirdon says on the video. 
He comes from a prominent and well-educated Somali family. His father’s brother, Abdi Farah Shirdon, was a former prime minister of Somalia who has survived numerous attempts on his life by al-Shabab militants fighting for an Islamic state in Somalia under the banner of al-Qaeda. 
Shirdon’s mother and sister live in Calgary and are deeply involved in the religious life of their community. CBC News reached out to them repeatedly, but they would only say they are "confused and pained by Farah’s choice," before asking for privacy. 
Though it’s unclear how real his threats are, Shirdon is the latest young man from Calgary to be identified by CBC News as a Canadian fighting overseas.
Hey, the guy's Somali so cut him a break. You weren't expecting much from him anyway were you?

He's from a people who couldn't be bothered to learn and remember their alleged ancient script so had to adopt the English Latin alphabet in the 1970s just to catch up with the rest of the world. How about that? Somalia didn't have a functioning alphabet until the late 20th century yet our immigration department thinks that somehow importing thousands of Somalis will enrich the country and give Canada a competitive edge on the world stage.

Sheesh!

Nothing but the best and brightest for Canada I guess.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

From the Best and Brightest Files: Algerians Neglect and Starve Young Twin Daughters.

A judge has sentenced a man to 15 years in prison for neglecting and starving his young twin daughters to the point where one of them died in hospital. 
The father had pleaded guilty earlier this year to manslaughter and other charges, including aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessaries of life. 
The man, who cannot be named, is getting three years of credit for time already served. 
A court in Edmonton heard that although the father didn’t physically injure the two-year-old girls, he stood by and watched as they were beaten and deprived of food. 
He and his wife immigrated from Algeria in 2008 and the twins and their older brother were all born in Canada. 
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The father said he feels responsible for everything that happened to the girls and will live with a broken heart for the rest of his life. He offered no explanation for the crime, but said his family found it difficult adjusting to life in Canada.
He found it difficult adjusting to life in Canada? Must be our fault then.

Nothing but the best and brightest for Canada.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Speak For Yourself: Social Desirability Bias and 'In Brampton We Fight Racism With Racism.'

So two south Asian school girls in Brampton (one is Canadian born, I think, but what difference does it make, really?) took it upon themselves to address IWC's "racist" flyer campaign in that Ontario city with some racism of their own, attesting to the intellectual bankruptcy of their endeavor.

Thinking they're being clever they used the same template as the IWC flyer but changed the second image to state that the demographic changes mass immigration, particularly Sikh immigration from India, is effecting on Brampton is wanted. But by doing so they unwittingly adopted the alleged racism of the IWC flyer. If the IWC flyer is racist for questioning the desirability, benefit, and logic of subjugating Brampton's historic white majority population to minority status through mass immigration - and the attendant social, economic, cultural, and political loss that comes with it - then it's just as racist to promote it. If saying "let's keep it white majority" is racist then so is saying "let's make whites a minority" which is what these girls champion.

(I can understand why they would. There's political power and economic advantage to be gained by a people through their introduction - either through force or naive cooperation from the natives - into a prosperous foreign society, co-opt it's achievements, then effectively run the locals out of town by overwhelming them through numbers. It's colonialism disguised as immigration.)

What's noteworthy is the language used in both flyers. The IWC flyer not only uses the word "you" but does so in a question. It addresses its readers as individuals giving them enough courtesy to think as individuals. It doesn't presume to think for them but let's them think for themselves. The Indian girls, on the other hand, used the word "we" as in "this is what we want " as if the two of them speak for us all, disagreement not allowed. Whereas the IWC flyer is more democratic the school girls' counter-flyer is authoritarian.

Sorry ladies, you don't speak for me nor millions of Canadians across the nation. You're "we" doesn't include me. These girls represent their personal views and most likely the views of those who share a mutual interest in colonizing Canadian territory with their people.

Their use of the word "we" and arrogantly assuming they speak for all Canadians is understandable. Multiculturalism is the official state religion of Canada and Canadians are routinely bombarded by propaganda campaigns by the state (through the state broadcaster, the school system, etc.,) with the purpose of indoctrinating the citizenry to multiculturalism's tenets and dogma to the point where questioning it risks one being labelled a heretic, a blasphemer, a bigot, a racist, un-Canadian. With tacit cooperation from the public opinion gate keepers in the mass media (whose interest in multiculturalism is to encourage mass immigration and the population growth that it brings hoping they can stave off bankruptcy by selling these "new Canadians" to advertisers) you really can't blame Canadians for thinking that everyone in this country is on-board with multiculturalism and mass immigration.

This perceived "popular opinion" is what fuels Canadians' social desirability bias. This bias is the tendency for an individual to publicly express an opinion assumed to be socially acceptable regardless of how he or she might truly feel about the issue for so powerful is the need to be accepted. With immigration and multiculturalism Canadians display this bias. Why wouldn't they? The consequences for failing to do so range from being dismissed and marginalized as a knee-jerking, backwoods dwelling, knuckle dragging, bigoted redneck by our intellectual betters in the media; to being not invited to the right diner parties; to failure to land a job, keep a job, or advance through an organization's ranks. Couple this bias with humanity's uncanny willingness to defer to authority and the machinations of a state propaganda system it's understandable, then, for these girls to assume they speak for everyone since they believe in what we've all been convinced is what everyone believes in.

But talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words, and Canadians have shown they talk a game they don't care to play. They may say they support mass immigration and multiculturalism but where they chose to buy a house says otherwise. It's called "ethnic enclaving" and there are white enclaves in Canada's major cities, even in Brampton. It's a case of declared preference vs. revealed preference and while a white Canadian may scoff at the IWC flyer and denounce it as racist, scoring some progressive-left brownie points in the process, what part of town this person goes home to sleep at night is the only answer we need.

As for the girls the immigration tide is on their side. It's only a matter of time before the historical host demographic of Brampton and like cities all across the nation, indeed even the nation itself, are overrun with an immigration induced demographic shift that replaces the host society and its connection to the country's founding people with one who showed up after all the hard work was done expecting to reap all the rewards. They had little to do with building the home but will gladly take over the place, thank you very much. Yes, this is what they want but I doubt it's what we want.