Here's a Globe and Mail article that doesn't require much commentary. It pretty much speaks for itself.
It basically tells us John McCallum is full of shit based on his own government's internal polling. By this I mean Canadians don't want more immigrants despite pronouncements from McCallum to the contrary. And his government knows this. This follows a Nanos poll conducted on behalf of the Globe which saw 16% of Canadians favouring an increase of immigrants with more than twice as many, some 39%, wanting a decrease with 37% thinking the numbers should remain the same. Put another way 76% of Canadians polled don't want an increase in the numbers of immigrants.
Canadians don't want more immigrants and we haven't wanted more immigrants for a long time. Here's an EKOS poll conducted in March of 2015 and published in the Winnipeg Free Press that found 46% of respondents felt there are too many immigrants coming to the country with 41% saying too many of them are non-white.
Here's another poll. And another. And yet another.
Despite poll after poll telling the government time after time, be it Liberal or Conservative, that we don't want more immigrants, in fact we want less, they go ahead and give us more immigrants and John McCallum is going to do the same. He's already hinted at it. Since he's already made up his mind his national consultations were just a PR stunt.
They tell us we need immigrants because of labour shortages and an ageing population but those go-to excuses have been debunked.
Were they to be truthful with us it's too keep, I believe, Canada's housing market from imploding because we're in too deep now and no one has a solution on how to deal with it and no one in Ottawa wants to confront it because no one in Ottawa would know how to handle a crash. It's amateur hour on Parliament Hill for the next four years at least. So it's best to keep pushing it off into the indefinite future with fingers crossed and hope it solves itself for without the housing market Canada's economy doesn't have much going for it at the moment and it's a market driven by debt and cheap money. If cheap money is how immigrants are paying for their shitty urban sprawl houses on incomes from shitty paying jobs many of them get then we're making the situation worse by making the bubble bigger. Because if interest rates were to rise how many people will still be able to afford the house they bought when interest rates were low. If you're a gambling man you might want short Canada's banks.
Friday, 23 September 2016
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
I haven’t read the Toronto Star ever since comments were disabled at their website. Being denied the opportunity to challenge their editorial slant in both commentary and selective news reporting I saw little reason to venture to the paper’s online source and give them my page-view. It was a stupid business decision if you ask me – to disable commenting that is – because page-views are a website’s bread and butter and what better way is there to increase page-views than to attract those who typically ignore your paper by allowing them the opportunity to give you a piece of their mind in the comments? TorStar deserves to go bankrupt and it can’t happen fast enough.
That being said, it’s hard to not notice a headline or two in one of the many Toronto Star boxes that litter the streets of the city and a recent headline bleated “31,000 Syrians Welcomed.” When I read that I thought, “Welcomed by whom?” only to quickly realize they mean us Canadians.
It always bugs me every time the word “welcome” is used to describe the latest batch of “new Canadians” as if to imply they are wanted here in the first place. I, for one, don’t welcome them here at all. They’re not needed, they bestow no tangible benefits to us a country or people, they clog up our roads, create more problems than they’re supposed to solve, they drive down wages while contributing to the general scarcity of good paying jobs, and generally are oxygen consuming slabs of meat that just get in the way of where you’re going. Immigrants are overrated and if it’s meant they’re “welcomed” like a spring thaw after a long, cold, dark winter then no. It’s more like “welcomed” like a case of Chlamydia.
“31,000 Syrians Dumped on Canadians” would be a more accurate headline. Or, “31,000 Syrians Imposed on Canadians” would be another. Perhaps, “31,000 Fashionable Charity Cases of the Virtue-Signaling Class Arrive in Canada, Taxpayers Expected to Now Take Care of Them” would be the most honest if too long. But “Welcome”? Please! Speak for yourself.
Below the picture accompanying the print edition of the front-page story ran the text “Trudeau applauded at UN for Syrian Intake” and that says it all now doesn’t it? That’s what this is all about it now isn’t it? Here we have a man of no accomplishment despite his having great privilege and the advantages that come with it, whose only contribution to the whole affair is shooting his mouth of during an election campaign, taking credit for the efforts of others and being applauded for it. It was an event where a man of little accomplishment was applauded by many for doing practically nothing. 31,000 Syrians arrived in Canada, with more to come, on Justin’s insatiable need for narcissistic supply to feed his inveterate narcissism. It was a cheap and easy PR stunt to impress the right people and Justin knew others would do the work for him and he’d get all the accolades.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
John McCallum’s National Public Consultation on Immigration Is a Cross Country Sales Pitch and not a National Public Consultation.
John McCallum’s national consultation on immigration is a sales pitch and not a consultation. I’m convinced the targets are already set and he’s travelling across the country as a public relations stunt.
He wants to fool Canadians into believing they have a say in establishing immigration policy even though it’s apparent John McCallum is primarily consulting with those who he knows will tell him what he wants to hear: the members of the immigration industry and the business lobby. It’s like the Minister of Public Safety consulting exclusively with NAMBLA over changes to age of consent laws. They, along with the immigrants themselves, are prime beneficiaries of mass immigration and seem to be the only people John McCallum cares to listen to even though the rest of us are equal, nay greater stakeholders than they are since we’re the ones mostly affected by the impact of mass immigration not just financially but also socially, culturally, environmentally, and demographically.
The bullshit coming out of this guy’s mouth is the same crap shoveled by previous Ministers irrespective of party affiliation.
Take what John McCallum said in Alberta I assume with a straight face. He tells us Alberta needs more immigrants because his consultations have told him that that’s what the laid off oil worker wants. To justify importing more immigrants than current levels he said, “I think people tend to take a longer term point of view and there remain labour shortages in some sectors and they want to be in good shape for when the recovery begins.” He said this in a province currently shedding jobs yet vaguely tells us “labour shortages” remain in “some sectors” whatever those sectors may be and we need immigrants to prepare us for when the recovery begins. So we need to stockpile labour for that "any day now" recovery is what he is saying. This is pretty much the same nonsense Jason Kenney said when he doubled down on the immigrants when Canada was experiencing an economic downturn in 2008 and hasn’t fully recovered from. You’d figure job losses, an economic downturn, and an overall shitty job market would suggest a cautionary approach to immigration but nope! In Canada now we need immigrants to support an economic boom and we need even more immigrants in an economic bust to prepare for the recovery. One has to wonder what it takes to decrease immigration targets when negative economic indicators don’t matter anymore?
It should raise eyebrows every time a Minister of Immigration has these consultations and the result is always the same: we need more immigrants. Whoever they’re consulting with it’s definitely not us. I think they know what the majority thinks about immigration and don’t want to confront it. Instead they prefer to lie to our faces and tell us we want more immigrants hoping this will be enough to convince us that the majority actually does want more immigration and the only person who has a problem with it is you, the sole mass immigration skeptic in the country.
I’m predicting, hoping to be proven wrong in a not-as-bad-as-I-expected kind of way, the Liberals will set immigration targets for 2017 at the arbitrary 1% of the population number. That means 350,000 people will be given their membership cards to club Canada. This will be an increase of over 80,000 more people from the current level of around 270,000. I also expect them to provide a pathway for TFWs to become permanent residents meaning TFWs aren’t really TFWs at all but, like refugees, immigrants by another stream. Speaking of refugees expect more of them. Perhaps even asylum for all the illegals.
Do we need all these people? No, but we’re going to get them anyway because immigrants need housing and right now without the housing market Canada’s economy doesn’t have much going for it. And if housing is the main thing driving your nation’s GDP numbers immigrants are just a band aid solution to a deeper problem because if the jobs aren’t there how are they expected to afford the mortgages on their cheaply built urban sprawl shit-boxes? How low can interest rates go and stay there for how long?