Ottawa Citizen: "Time for an Immigration Time Out"
Margret Kopala greets the findings of two Canadian think tanks with "relief and some cause for celebration". The Fraser Institute and the Institute for Research on Public Policy address the thorny issue of immigration:
No, Canada doesn't need to expand its internal markets,
globalization has given it plenty elsewhere; no, immigrants are not net
contributors to the economy, rather they are costing Canadian taxpayers
billions while driving wages down in concomitant income categories,
including the professions; no, immigration won't address the revenue
vacuum created by an aging population, not unless it reaches
stratospheric levels. Why not just raise the retirement age?
no, it is not up to governments to provide industry with endless
supplies of cheap labour -- temporary or permanent -- when industry
itself should be improving productivity and paying our own workers
proper wages. It was temporary workers who caused the problems in
(In the U.S., I might add, it's 12 million
illegal Mexican immigrants who have expanded an underclass costing
billions in social and incarceration costs, who have become a large
factor in the subprime mortgage crisis that's damaged American fiscal
So no, we don't need more immigration and
furthermore it isn't racist to say so. Better we take a time out,
ensure the immigrants we've got do well and figure out what we want to
do next. Canada has in the past "turned the tap on or off, as needed,"
James Bissett, a former head of Canada's immigration department, told
his Montreal audience.
Kopala underscores an issue raised at the Citizenship & Immigration CLE Conference in Niagara - that of transnationalism - the retention of loyalties to countries of origin, and the dilution of any real, tangible link to Canada, it's history and traditions.
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