Mr. Speaker, I want to bring to the member’s attention that Canada is a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of immigrants and we have one of the finest immigration policies anywhere in the world. Our policy is continuously evolving to respond to the needs of Canadians and to fulfill our commitment on the international scene in conformity with the United Nations.
– Mac Harb, Liberal MP, House Of Commons, October 2001
Is this accurate? Is Canada a nation of immigrants? Canada was first settled by pioneers who came to a largely uninhabited land, cultivated farms, built homes, established businesses and made something out of nothing. There was no receiving society into which they integrated; they made a society out of the wilds of a world where none existed for thousands of forested kilometres. To immigrate somewhere is to leave a society and join another existing society. Yes, many Canadians are immigrants, but the nation was built by settlers who fought against nature and starvation, established farms and cities and created a country. So, whether or not Canada is a nation of immigrants is debatable. Our prime minister in waiting, Andrew Scheer, has stated that it is (1), and I will not detract from his words except to insist on the difference between the hardy settlers of our great nation and the current migrants who freely benefit from our many social systems (2).
Canada has had a chequered attitude towards immigration, going through phases of non-receptivity to openness, depending on the labour requirements of the country (3)(4). As Canada became more socialist, the waters have become more muddied. In 1988 with the passing of the Multiculturalism Act, all immigrants received the right to benefit from all social programs in Canada. As far back as the National Medical Care Act of 1967, immigrants became eligible for free healthcare at the expense of the taxpayer. A while before that, Unemployment Insurance Act (1940)(5) was passed and shortly after the granting of ‘baby bonuses’ (1945) began (6). These are only a few of the many social welfare systems, some of which are specifically designed for new-comers, that are in place in current-day Canada – all at the expense of the taxpayer (free English courses, social welfare, start-up funds, preferential free housing, etc.). Fraser Institute did a monumental study in which they analysed the cost of immigration on the Canadian economy. They determined that the total fiscal cost to the government (or the taxpayer) of recent immigrants ranges from $16.3 billion to $23.6 billion annually as of 2011(7). Since 2017, what is the real cost? It would be illuminating to find this out!
With the advent of the Syrian war with thousands of refugees flooding the country, and Trudeau’s ill-advised tweet in January of 2017, the problem became exacerbated.
The inflow of refugees and migrants began to represent a substantial amount of taxpayer dollars. As of January, of last year, Canada has accepted nearly 50,000 Syrian refugees with another 20,000 waiting for approval (8). Fully 60% of these do not speak English or French. By April of this year, some 40,000 so-called ‘irregular migrants’ have walked across Canada’s southern border via illegal entry points such as the infamous Roxham Rd. (9). Now here is the monumental question: how much is this costing taxpayers through our social systems? Some follow-up questions would be: how many actually obtain gainful employment? How many actually have learned one of our official languages? Can they become contributing members of society if they don’t learn English or French and therefore do not obtain employment?
Canada is heading into a recession (10). We have seen tens of thousands of jobs flee the province of Alberta with the downturn in the Canadian oil industry. Thousands of jobs have left Ontario with the mis-handling of the USMCA and various tariffs being applied on our exports to our largest trading partner. The situation as it stands shows a much higher population of job-seekers with fewer jobs being available. A Federal carbon tax and higher taxes on small businesses represents higher financial burdens on the working Canadians. The Canadian dollar is being devalued, our economy is slowing perceptibly, and interest rates are increasing substantially. All these are factors of an incipient recession.
The policy of the government is to foster the growth of the population of Canada by the encouragement of immigration. The government will seek by legislation, regulation and vigorous administration, to ensure the careful selection and permanent settlement of such numbers of immigrants as can be advantageously absorbed in our national economy. It is a matter of domestic policy […] The people of Canada do not wish as a result of mass immigration to make a fundamental alteration in the character of our population.
-William Lyon Mackenzie King (1947)
Concurrent with the previous red flags, the signing of the UN Compact on Migration by the Trudeau government in December of 2018 has been the cause of enormous dismay to taxpayers, viewing it as an attack on our sovereignty, handing our immigration over to the UN. Agenda 2030 makes it very clear that borders are unimportant, and Canada is slated for a huge influx of migrants, all of whom have the right to all our social systems. Along with this, Canadians have seen attacks on their freedoms through M-103 which curtails the right to speak ill of Islam specifically (11). Agenda 2030 also makes it clear that the receiving country must make every effort to adjust to newcomers. Suddenly William Lyon Mackenzie King’s words become very pertinent. The very fabric of our society is being forced to adjust to newcomers. As far back as 1907 Sir Wilfred Laurier stated:
What is the fallout of all these factors?
Canadians are among the most generous and welcoming people in the world – or they used to be. While I was growing up in Quebec and Ontario, we saw many immigrants move into our neighbourhood and generally found that a novel and interesting occurrence with no anti-immigrant emotion. My mother would invite the new family over or bring them some of her preserves to make them welcome and many of the neighbours would do the same. In the classroom, the children would make friends with the newcomers and we barely noticed the colour of their skin or their differences.
This is who we used to be. This is who we should be.
But how can this idyllic situation continue? The tide is turning. The influx of illegals, the advent of sanctuary cities in Canada, the buy-out of the media by the Trudeau government (12)… so many factors, so many attacks on our tolerance and human kindness are causing a quiet rage to begin building. We are reaching our limit.
So, what is happening? The rage is being misdirected, the real issue is lost and more and more Canadians are becoming anti-immigration (13). They become unable to see that the problem is not immigration, the problem is ILLEGAL migration. Furthermore, the problem is too many social systems that encourage refugees to NOT work and merely produce child after child to receive more and more Child and Family benefits while contributing nothing. Bought media rhetoric enflames the rage as do the words of virtue-signalling leftists and all those who quietly and respectfully protest illegal migration and the UNMCA and loss of our freedoms through legislation are being calumnied as white nationalists and far-right. Leftist politicians take to Twitter and attack dissenters as racists and bigots and supremacists. Polarization becomes exacerbated.
An article that appeared in MSN news on April 21, 2019 is one such polarizing article, entitled The Rise of Uncaring Canada (14). The writer seeks to portray Canadians as white nationalists and illegal border-crossers as helpless victims of an uncaring system. Andray Domise enshrines Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s immigration minister, as a compassionate man, full of generosity to helpless refugee populations and Somalia as a country torn apart by decades of western exploitation and political destabilisation. Domise draws on an example of one individual purporting to be denied a job opportunity because of his Somali origins to stoke sympathy in his reader. He proceeds to attack Michelle Rempel, Lisa MacLeod and Doug Ford for not being kind or generous enough to poor refugees. This article is full of misdirection and leftist rhetoric to support his premise that Canadians are becoming bigoted and racist.
I beg of you, all you Conservatives of Canada: do not let yourselves be manipulated! This polarization is part of the attack on our freedom! Canada NEEDS immigrants like Salim Mansur, CPC candidate for London North Central, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, a prominent physician in Toronto, Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani Yogurt and other such contributing immigrants. Our country is huge, with large empty spaces. There is room for all who wish to come and CONTRIBUTE, and become CANADIAN in every sense of the word! Do not give in to the politics of division and exclusion. We must fight against socialism. We must fight against the hijacking of our sovereignty by the UN. We must take care of those already in our country: our veterans, our homeless and our First Nations people THEN we extend our compassion to those outside our country. After this, WE choose who comes! WE set limits on help provided. WE keep the control and turn the tide of anger through constant refocusing of our energies on the real issues.
Maybe if we keep our heads, we can keep Canada from reaching the tipping point where everything falls into chaos. We do not want the globalists to win. We do not want Agenda 21 to be realized and Agenda 2030 to take control. We are Conservatives, but most of all we are Canadians.