The plan would bring immigration levels to 90,000 more people per year than under the Harper government – levels which were already very high by world standards.
The Trudeau government is planning a big increase in immigration levels by the year 2020, even as more Canadians express concerns.
In announcing the new levels, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said “Everyone has been of the opinion we need more workers, we need more skilled workers, we need more people to power our economy, address our real skills shortages, address our real labour market shortages and also address the regional nature of some of these requirements.”
While Hussen is falsely claiming that “everyone” agrees, many Canadians are expressing concern about Canada’s ability to absorb a large number of new arrivals every year. As was explained in a recent Vancouver Sun article, three polls show low support for higher immigration levels.
- A 2017 Angus Reid poll found 57% of Canadians say “Canada should accept fewer immigrants and refugees.”
- A 2015 Environics poll found 38% of Canadians say “immigration levels are too high” (when they were at 250,000 per year).
- And, a 2017 Leger Marketing poll found just 10% of Canadians want higher immigration levels, while 41% say the current number was “about right,” and 38% say there are “too many” being brought in to the country.
The establishment elites will of course slander those who are concerned about higher immigration levels as “racist”, but those concerns are held by a vast majority of Canadians, and have nothing to do with prejudice.
Keep in mind that Canada bringing in 340,000 people per year would be the equivalent of the United States bringing in over three million people. Currently, the United States brings in about 1 million people every year, so Canada will soon be taking in more than 1/3rd as many despite having about 1/10th the population.
There are very legitimate worries over the ability of our social programs to manage such a large influx, in addition to the fact that more people entering the country every year can mean the dilution of the bargaining power of working class Canadians, and also damage the prospects of the middle class. After all, the corporate elites would like nothing more than massive totally unrestricted immigration to bring wages even lower than they are now.
Canadians who have those concerns deserve to be listened to and respected, not demonized by the out-of-touch elites. Canada’s immigration numbers were already very high under the Harper government, and raising them year after year as Trudeau plans to do is something that should be decided with input from Canadians directly, not just at the whim of the government in power.
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