Liberal immigration pilot being gamed by fraudsters in the Maritimes
In recent years, Atlantic Canada has turned into an illegal immigration thoroughfare due to a loophole in the Maritimes immigration laws, seen as the “lowest bar” by those gaming the system.
This loophole is being used particularly by potential immigrants from Asia, the loophole has been dubbed the “golden ticket” to getting a permanent Canadian residency. The only prerequisite was that the immigrants needed to be guaranteed citizenship was $170,000 and to work at a designated employer for free for just a few months.
According to a new study by Statistics Canada this week, the number of immigrants who go all the way to becoming Canadian citizens has dropped significantly. But the bigger picture is more complicated than it seems.
“There are a number of factors that created the decline,” former director-general with Immigration Canada, Andrew Griffith, told CBC.
The decline is significant: from 75 percent in 1996 to only 60 percent in 2016. Factors such as processing fees, complicated language in the citizens’ guide and citizen test difficulty have contributed to the decline.
CBC reports that “the processing fee for citizenship used to be $200, but the amount was increased to $630 under the previous Conservative government, Griffith said.
“If you look at a family of four, you’re talking about $1,500 or so. That’s a significant burden.” Griffith added.
On Remembrance Day, Don Cherry was fired from Sportsnet for a comment he made on Coach’s Corner regarding poppies. He complained that not enough immigrants were wearing them and suggested that it represented a general ingratitude by immigrants of the benefits they enjoy by living in Canada.
His comment, now dubbed the “‘you people’ comment”, caused predictable outrage. The state broadcaster pointed out that Cherry’s remarks could not possibly have merit because of the fact that there are visible minorities who fought for this country. Try not to think too hard about the fact that they conflated visible minorities with immigrants. I happen to be both, but many Canadians happen to be one or the other.
Many in the media interpreted (some in bad faith) it as an attack on all minorities through Canadian history. While there is a general stereotype that people of colour were not born in Canada, I dare claim that it is a fast disappearing one, at least from personal experience having lived most of my life in Ontario.
Unfortunately, while that stereotype is on the decline, another is on the rise. Even more unfortunately, the one that is on the rise has an uncomfortably high level of merit. After all, Don Cherry did not come up with an original idea, he merely expressed the “wrong” opinion in the “wrong” forum.
I know many fellow immigrant-minorities who find it quite puzzling that the mainstream media and a large section of society simply cannot fathom why racist attitudes are apparently becoming more prevalent and acceptable by progressives who hurl racist abuse against anyone who does not accept the “woke” dogma of the day and by the sentiment sometimes called “whitelash”. Did the white people of Canada spontaneously develop previously a non-existent or hidden collective race consciousness?
On the contrary, I cautiously claim that as each generation in society has its own cultural features, so do successive waves of immigrants. This is true regardless of the predominant country of origin or religion of any given wave of immigration. Not that immigrants are the same regardless of their origin, but that immigrants of the same origin will still tend to behave differently depending on when they came to Canada, and this is likely true even correcting for the amount of time spent in Canada.
In other words, an immigrant of “minority x” in 1990 who immigrated in 1975 will be systematically different from an immigrant of the same “minority x” in 2015 who immigrated in 2000. This is despite the fact that they are from essentially the same origin and have spent the same amount of time in Canada. This should not be a controversial statement.
This is because of two changing variables: the state of society in the country of origin, and the state of society in the destination country. Our society has definitely been changing, so it should not be a surprise if the way we integrate immigrants into our society changes as well. In fact, there may be a very strong case that our “immigration culture” has been changing mostly not because of changes in where our immigrants come from or their culture, but because of changes in our own culture and championing the “cultural mosaic”.
Not many people would argue with the fact that our society has become much more accommodating of social minorities, such as people in the LGBTQ community or people living with disabilities. Hopefully, not many people would argue with the claim that this is largely a positive thing for society as a whole.
Under Canadian Human Rights Law, individuals must be accommodated by society, including the government, employers, service providers, and other individuals. This accommodation must seek to prevent discrimination based on a “prohibited ground” to the point of “undue hardship”. Setting aside whether we as a society have enumerated the proper “prohibited grounds”, whether “undue hardship” is an appropriate threshold, or whether that threshold is interpreted as it should be, it is definitely reasonable for individuals to expect at least some accommodation from society because we do not all share the same characteristics, disadvantages, and capabilities, and a blanket allowance for all forms of discrimination will create discontent and will exclude too many people for society to function well.
For much of history, this accommodation was arguably too little, and we had been moving in the right direction for a long time. However, somewhere along the way, it became inappropriate to consider the extent to which individuals can be expected to accommodate society. Society is made up of individuals, and it is impossible for millions of idiosyncrasies to be accommodated perfectly. One individual’s right is necessarily another individual’s duty not to infringe upon that right. Where we create more rights, we create more duties for others.
I am not trying to argue that the poor white people of Canada are being victimized because they now have more duties not to infringe upon others’ rights not to be unfairly discriminated against. Rather, it is that rights must have a limit, or we create unlimited duties that can have negative consequences or even become impractical.
The phrase “Islam is right about women” is one illustration of this conflict. The phrase was coined to point out a popular contradiction in our modern outrage culture. The idea is that you can either be offended because you think the statement is discriminatory against either muslims or women, but thinking that it is discriminatory against muslims is sexist and thinking that it is discriminatory against women is Islamophobic. The phrase does not claim that Islam is worse for women than any other religion, and there is a good case that Christianity, as with most other religions, are sexist as well, at least by modern western standards. However, the illustration only works because muslims are considered, rightfully in my opinion, to face disproportionately high levels of unfair discrimination.
Other examples include: lessons promoting LGBTQ equality being pulled from classrooms because of complaints by immigrants that such ideas infringe upon freedom of thought or religion, claims by trans activists that lesbians are transphobic for refusing to sleep with people with penises, or labelling the term “bisexual” as exclusionary of non-binary individuals.
Excuse the cliche, but the point is this: we can’t only keep asking what our country can do for us, and not what we can do for our country. The country is nothing more than a collection of us, and we can’t expect all of us to do everything for each individual while making no attempt to fit into our society.
Canadians are bound together by what we have in common, but without the effort of individuals, the few remaining values that hold us together will only continue to weaken and we will become ever more divided into factions competing to score the biggest take for their particular team. Soon, there could be nothing we have in common with each other, other than our shared struggle to compete with each other for resources.
Diversity does not make balkanization inevitable, but our current societal trajectory probably does when “diversity is our strength” is zealously pushed without expecting some common values and customs to be upheld to keep us all together.
Don Cherry was merely pointing out one aspect of that fact.
A major bed bug infestation has forced government offices in downtown Montreal to temporarily close down.
The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) has come out and said that, due to the infestation, all hearings have been canceled for Thursday.
“If you were scheduled to appear at a hearing, you will be contacted with a new date,” IRB wrote on its website.
According to CTV News, a firm has been hired to clean the effected buildings, but it may take several days before this IRB office can reopen and continue with hearings.
The Guy-Favreau Complex also houses Service Canada and Passport Canada, meaning that many Canadian citizens may be affected by the delay.
This government office is only one of many which has fallen prey to the pesky, ever resistant bed bug. As CTV Reports, only ten days ago, the Gatineau offices of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada also had to shut down due to the same problem.
After the past few years of Trudeau’s Liberals accusing the Conservatives of being bigoted racists and fearmongers for calling out the government’s lax attitude to the open border, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau showed it was all just a nasty smear campaign when on Thursday night at the official French leaders’ debate he agreed with the people he previously implied were racists.
“[Quebec Premier] Mr. Legault lowered the immigration levels for Quebec because Quebec has a lot of power over immigration, more than any other province, and that’s a good thing because of Quebec identity and the need to protect the French language. And if he wants to apply a values test then he can do that and it’s appropriate,” said Trudeau, according to the English translation of his French (verified with other French speakers), at the debate during the immigration discussion.
When asked if the average 50 people illegally crossing into Canada through Roxham Rd. everyday in Quebec was a problem, a two-faced Trudeau said in French what a lot of English Canadians have been waiting to hear in their own language, “Yes, it is a problem.”
Since Trudeau’s “#WelcometoCanada” tweet was seen around the world, hundreds turned into thousands who illegally cross the border every year to bypass the third safe country agreement and make refugee claims in Canada instead of America. Sure, U.S. President Donald Trump cracking down on illegal immigration down south led to a lot of people looking for a new home, but Trudeau advertising it to the world’s 75 million displaced people and billions of impoverished was a major catalyst for people to start breaking the law in droves and butting the lineup to emigrate to Canada.
(The National Post found the number of inquiries to Canadian embassies of those interested in moving to Canada from across the world skyrocketed after Trudeau’s ill-advised tweet flew far and wide. I’ve also anecdotally heard from several people travelling abroad in less fortunate countries that they heard from the locals—once they informed them they’re Canadian—that they wanted to come to Canada because they heard about Trudeau welcoming anyone who wants to come to Canada.)
Now before the Leaders’-Debates-Commission-approved journalists (many of who seem to take their directions from the government on how to think and report on immigration) get bees in their bonnets and accuse me of being a fake news peddler, let me say this: No, it isn’t factually incorrect to say these people are jumping the immigration queue when thousands of other would-be Canadians patiently wait years to come here. Sure, the Trudeau government has pointed out that the government officials processing those illegally entering the country are different than those processing immigration and refugee applicants abroad. But at the end of the day the government has finite resources to process these claims and the more directed at those illegally entering the country means less for those— and there is significant backlog—waiting years to get the green light to come here. Also, if it isn’t butting the line when someone flies to America, then crosses illegally into Canada instead of filing an application and waiting to get approval then I don’t know what else to call it.
Here’s another FYI for incurious pro-immigration absolutist journalists: It’s also correct and accurate to say those that cross the border at an unofficial port of entry committed an illegal act (sometimes understandably if they’re being sent back to a dangerous homeland) when crossing into Canada not at an official border checkpoint. Most of the mainstream media decided to let the Trudeau government dictate the language on this to a vague “irregular” border crossings wording once the government decided to change its own language to that dishonest euphemism.
Earlier this year I contributed as a freelancer to news outlet and think tank True North, investigating the effects to the homeless shelter system in Toronto due to the influx of migrants coming in from Pearson Airport under false pretenses and border jumpers being bused out from Quebec in the thousands. What I discovered was a two-tier system, overwhelmed by the sudden increase of thousands of more homeless.
To accommodate this massive increase in the homeless population, Toronto city hall the last few years has paid to rent out entire hotels (as well as some motels), spent $3 million to rent a large office building now being converted to another homeless shelter for migrants, erected three prefabricated giant tents costing at least $7.5 million (not including operational costs). Meanwhile, the City of Toronto has indefinitely kept open outdated shelters and respite facilities planned to be shuttered years ago, where the mostly domestic homeless population gets way fewer services.
Despite Quebec encouraging the majority of refugee claimants to emigrate to Toronto, somehow when the provinces and cities were asking for Trudeau to compensate them for the added costs—which immigration experts have told me will run up to billions—of accommodating all of these new people, Quebec got a disproportionately high amount of the tens of millions doled out by the federal government to help cover the added costs.
Migrants staying at hotels get working WiFi, cleaning services, their own room and shower, and other luxuries not extended to others in the two-tier shelter system. Furthermore, there is a special housing allowance one can seek after being in the shelter system for over six months that allows individuals to have their rent subsidized for up to four years, even while they have a job. Why wouldn’t refugee claimants staying in nicer hotel facilities wait six months to find a place and job if it means they can have the government help pay their rent?
(Meanwhile, Trudeau is being stingy with Indigenous people and Canadian veterans.)
On top of this, Trudeau waved the visa restriction for Mexican travellers which has resulted in a spike in refugee claims from Mexico, many of whom will ultimately have their refugee claims rejected once a hearing— that takes an average of two years—is heard. In the meantime, these refugee claimants can receive welfare and healthcare courtesy of hardworking taxpayers while waiting. The Trudeau government’s disposal of the Mexican visa requirement also reportedly resulted in over 400 drug cartel hitmen, go-betweens and importers coming to Canada in the last couple of years.
Pointing out these uncomfortable truths is the unpleasant work for any honest journalist covering the immigration beat. I am proud our country welcomes many newcomers, but it’s important Canada has a sound immigration and refugee system that’s policy informed by what’s fair, fiscally and culturally responsible and safe. Instead much of
Instead of informing the public, most of the English Canadian press pump out propaganda (including bogus fact checks) like this CBC video below.
(Oddly it’s been largely crickets from CBC and the rest of the government-funded mainstream media on Trudeau condoning a values test, something they had a collective conniption over when Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch said the same in English.)
Despite the deluge of dishonest coverage on immigration, the Liberals’ own internal government polling of Canadians found the vast majority were not impressed with the border situation, especially first-generation Canadians who worked very hard to get to Canada and establish themselves here.
It’s time more honest news outlets informed English Canadians about the reality of the situation so that a two-tongued Trudeau’s doublespeak in French—while in English slandering his critics and denying there’s a problem at the border he’s largely responsible for—unravels.