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?