Immigration is up for debate. It needed to be said and people have to understand this. As a matter of fact, everything in the world of politics is up for debate. Especially something as integral as who you allow into your country and how many. Immigration is a fundamental part of domestic policy and citizens have every right to be interested in who their neighbours will eventually be. The welfare of the state is as the Romans called it, the res publica, or the public affair and immigration policy is everybody’s business.
When the Prime Minister consistently refuses to engage with citizens on issues of illegal immigration or intended intake targets, he is acting on bad faith.
A majority of Canadians have consistently polled throughout the years in opposition to increased immigration levels. In fact, an Angus Reid poll shows that in 2018 nearly half of Canadians (49%) wish to see a decrease in immigration levels.
How is it that a supposedly diverse country such as ours, in which censuses report one fifth (21.9%) of its population as foreign born, would wish to see immigration reduced?
Only 6% of the population wishes to see immigration levels increase. The numbers simply don’t add up. If the Liberal government’s gamble on the immigrant vote made any sense, then we would see popular support for the policies grow along with the rising number of intakes. Have immigrants gone collectively mad to wish others to be robbed of the opportunities which they were once presented with? I highly doubt that.
Immigration has one intended goal: to produce more Canadians. Immigrants come in, are processed and then Canadians come out. That is not to say that every landed immigrant will be red and white through and through, nor would it be desirable to have everybody leave any notion of their past life behind. But what it means is that new Canadians are invited into a public affair and an ongoing public conversation as to the sovereign direction of Canada’s nationhood.
So when that conversation is shut down and all reasonable debate is deemed unacceptable or taboo, it isn’t for the so called sake of the immigrant. Rather, it is a smokescreen to hide the utter disaster of an immigration policy the current administration has been engaged in. The current handling of immigration will not help Canadians, it will not help indigenous peoples and it most certainly won’t help immigrants if the underlying structures which have aided successful integration buckle under unnecessary stress.
Whether you like it or not, the issue of immigration (both legal and illegal) will take front and centre stage in the 2019 election and right about now it’s looking as if it will leave the Liberals behind in a smoking pile of ash.