2004-12-01 00:49:16 UTC
Monday's TV news in Ontario featured a story about Marie
Bountrogianni, Ontario's Minister of Immigration, and her
new deal Ottawa on immigrant subsidies.
Considering that Canada has the HIGHEST rate of immigration
in the Western industrialized world and MORE THAN HALF of
this flood of immigrants ends up in Ontario, immigration is
a critical issue for Ontario.
Under Bountrogianni's new deal, Ottawa will give Ontario a
subsidy of about $2000 per immigrant to cover some of the costs
-- a big improvement over the $800 or so Ottawa used to pay.
FRENCH FIRST, THE CANADIAN WAY
Of course, that $2000 per immigrant is still less than what Ottawa
gives Quebec and, unlike Ontario, Quebec gets that money with no
strings attached. "French first" as usual in this country.
JOBS FOR IMMIGRANTS, CANADIANS CAN WAIT
And what were the reasons given for the big subsidy? To pay
social service agencies looking after the immigrants and
especially to help the immigrants find jobs.
So, in spite of Canada's chronically high unemployment rate,
Ottawa is importing a flood of new immigrants to compete with
Canadians for the few jobs available.
And when immigrants can't find a job to take away from a Canadian,
Ottawa goes out of its way to help ensure they do. :-(
BENEFITS OF IMMIGRATION?
Lots of new Liberal voters to be sure -- but what do ordinary,
honest citizens get from Ottawa's immigration policy? Besides our
chronically high unemployment rates and the high taxes necessary
to subsidize Ottawa's beloved immigrants and "refugees"?
We get massive urban sprawl as Toronto and central Ontario struggles
to find room for this foreign invasion. We get clogged highways and
overburdened infrastructure trying to cope with too many people.
We get soaring rates of violent crime which make parts of Toronto seem
like colder versions of Kingston, Jamaica and which has turned the
phrase "Toronto-the-Good" into a bad joke. And that's before the
latest series shooting and knife-wielding incidents on Toronto's
Is Canada the only country in which the welfare of its own citizens
comes dead last in all its government's planning? :-(
Toad-Beneath-the-Harrow (a.k.a. DB)
Country Net Migration Rate/1000 pop.
New Zealand 4.26
Source: CIA World Factbook 2003