I came across this blog post about Canada's erstwhile Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney and learned an interesting fact about the CPC's alleged gains among immigrant voters in the federal election of 2011 where the party secured its majority.
It turns out the seats they won in the nation's urban areas - particularly Toronto which has a high immigrant and non-white electorate - were won not on newly acquired votes from immigrants but on vote splitting between Canada's two left of center parties, the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party. It appears "new Canadians" who supported the LPC in previous elections just shifted their vote to the NDP in 2011. This allowed the CPC to win those seats where the shift was significant enough to allow them to waltz right up the middle of a split vote.
Looks like immigrants aren't the friends of the CPC after all despite all the efforts made to buy their support with reckless promises of faster, laxer, and more open immigration. Why should they support the CPC at all when the LPC and the NDP are promising immigrants the same gifts and more if need be?
This is a problem the Conservatives have to acknowledge and it's one they partially brought upon themselves. While the Pierre Trudeau Liberals are often blamed for cynically manipulating the immigration system for party advantage it was Brain Mulroney and the then Progressive Conservative Party of Canada that let the system really get out of control. Also, when the CPC was in power they imported record numbers of immigrants even in a time of economic downturn thinking they could beat the Liberals at their own game when all they really accomplished was inflate the support base of their political rivals by importing future LPC and NDP voters. Way to go morons!
The Conservatives need to start acting like conservatives which means adopting a conservative approach to immigration because pandering to the immigrant/ethnic vote bloc doesn't and didn't work. If they did they would nicely align themselves with the wishes of most Canadians. Besides, there is something very undemocratic and unnerving that a minority, foreign born portion of the population has so much influence over a policy that can vastly alter the future demographic makeup of the country. We need a party that listens to the majority, not another one that ignores them to pander to the minority.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Monday, 9 May 2016
Multiculturalism: A Government Policy That Creates Social Problems Where None Before Existed (Only For The Government To Offer Itself as the Solution to The Social Problems It Created).
I’ve come across many attempts to define what multiculturalism is and most of them are wanting but not for a lack of trying. They seem vague and unsure of themselves. I find multiculturalism as a concept so ill-defined that I don’t think anyone really knows how to actually describe it without resorting to platitudes and appealing to the broad ideals of mutual respect and tolerance. That is until I watched this video in which its creator states that diversity just creates social problems where none existed before and I said “That’s it!” That’s exactly what multiculturalism is. It’s a government program that only creates problems where there weren’t problems before.
It’s getting tiresome to read and hear comments stating Canada has always been a multicultural country being ignorant of the fact that multiculturalism as social policy was born out of political convenience for the Liberal Party of Canada in the early 1970s. Prior to that Canada was very confident and comfortable with itself being a country of the British Commonwealth founded by the English and French languages; by European settlers; and rooted in European thought, culture, and traditions. Everything was going great until some pompous ass came along and f**ked everything up.
Multiculturalism has not contributed anything of significant worth to Canada or to Canadians. It exists solely as a political tool to manipulate ethnic voting blocs into delivering their votes to a particular political party come election day which was its initial intent all along. Outside of that all it has done for us is disrupt social cohesion by fragmenting our cities into ethnic enclaves/colonies. It produces societal headaches by fostering resentment among ethnic groups who seek political power and influence by competing with each other for government largesse. Because of multiculturalism governmental affairs are now bogged down with identity politics distracting it from addressing more pertinent concerns which it would be doing were it not allowed to distract itself with multicultural non-issues in the first place. It lets government appear to govern without actually governing.
Multiculturalism is political rent seeking. It’s the government creating a problem and then offering itself as the solution to the problem it created. Millions of tax dollars are wasted to fund the new layers of bureaucracy that multiculturalism needs for its administration. Millions of tax dollars are doled out each year to curry support from ethnic vote banks to fund their organizations, community centers, and festivals which we don’t go to because, frankly, we don’t give a s**t about their culture. This money could have been put to better use to serve the real needs of Canadians if multiculturalism didn’t exist.
Multiculturalism is a hollow idea. It’s a non-identity. It has done nothing for us as a country and denies Canadians the ability to create a unique character and voice on the world stage. It robs communities of local culture and nations of its character. It needs to be thrown into the trash can of bad ideas where it belongs.