This is the first of two posts that will not sit well with many of my conservative, Conservative friends, especially with those who belong to Canada’s slice of the Trump Party. Another will follow tomorrow.
I see, in a report in the Globe and Mail, that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada remains welcoming to newcomers even as his government takes steps to curb the influx of asylum seekers coming into the country at unofficial entry points.” The report goes on to say that “Speaking at a news conference in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, the prime minister said Canadians continue to be “overwhelmingly in favour” of immigration even though the issue has become “politically charged” here and south of the border … [and] … “One of the reasons Canadians do have confidence in immigration as a positive force in our country is because they have confidence in our immigration system,” he said.” The prime minister is, broadly, correct to say that Canadians still welcome real, legitimate, controlled, planned immigration, because, by and large, Canadians understand that the immigration system works for Canada. The reason the issue has become “politically charged” is because Justin Trudeau’s government has, in a stunning display of political ineptitude, stunning ever for this gang of nincompoops, made a complete mess of managing illegal, improper, irregular migration into Canada from the USA.
The PM’s statement reminded me of a report, from about six months ago, on the CBC Radio website, from The Sunday Edition, and it makes me return to cover some familiar ground, yet again. The report says that “If Canada sticks with current practices, our population will grow to between 51 to 53 million by the end of the century … [but] … A non-profit group called The Century Initiative [my link added] advocates doubling that, to 100 million. That’s about triple our current population … [and Shari Austin, CEO of the Century Initiative, told The Sunday Edition that] … “We recognize that it may be counterintuitive” … [but] … It’s the only way, she argued, that Canada can face the economic challenges ahead and strengthen its international influence … [and, while] … Currently, Canada accepts 310,000 immigrants per year … The Century Initiative suggests that number should be closer to 450,000 … [and] … “It’s a big, audacious goal,” [Ms Austin] conceded. But it has been done before. Since 1945 to the present day, Canada’s population has tripled.“
I said, late last year [link above] that:
- I believe that Justin Trudeau is right in his desire to increase immigration into Canada;
- I think that Justin Trudeau was politically astute to show compassion and generosity to Syrian refugees in 2015 ~ he didn’t take the approach which would have done the most good for the most people in need, but he took the most politically advantageous path; and
- I am certain that the Trudeau regime is dead wrong in supporting the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration because, notwithstanding its good intention and despite its many dangerous flaws, it will accomplish nothing except to stir up resentment amongst Canadians.
Then I said, earlier this year that:
- We need more and More and MORE legitimate immigrants to help us sustain and grow our country; and
- We want to do our best ~ the greatest good for the greatest number, within our resources, for refugees; but
- When it comes to illegal migrants … well, this time, really, None is too many.
Nothing has changed: there are three distinct and separate issues and there need to be three separate and distinct right answers.
In my opinion, the Conservative party needs to embrace the notions put forward by The Century Initiative for the very sound socio-economic reasons they offer: if we want to have a sustained moderate to high growth economy, which we will, most certainly, need to fund the social safety net to which we have all become comfortably accustomed into the future, for our children and grandchildren, then the current slow growth model will not suffice. Canada needs to grow bigger and faster. We need to recruit the people we need, from around the world, but, for now, especially from the Philippines, India and China, all of which have surpluses of educated, sophisticated, entrepreneurial people who have proven that they can integrate, fairly seamlessly, into Canadian society. We should operate a merit based, colour blind immigration system which, in looking at the world, rewards success, for Canada, by shortening the queues for some countries ~ like Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, India and China, and, at the same time, not robbing the poorest of the poor countries ~ like Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic down through to Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe ~ of their best and brightest doctors, teachers and engineers just to we can have more taxi drivers. That means being, simultaneously, greedy and generous. We need to be greedy in choosing the people we want and need to grow our economy, but generous in not taking the most valuable resource from the poor just to help the rich, us. It also means accepting, happily, that many, even most of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren may have darker eyes, hair and skins than do my blue-eyed, fair skinned sons and grandsons.
It’s not going to be easy for some, perhaps many, even most Conservatives to say that Justin Trudeau is right about anything … but, on the issue of legal, regulated immigration he is right: more is better and we cannot get enough people from e.g. America and Western Europe. The CPC needs to steal the broad outline of his platform plank and then improve upon it … and there is plenty of room for improvement in everything Prime Minister Trudeau has proposed and done.