The Conservatives Can’t Avoid The Issue Of Immigration Forever

At some point, they’ll need to start representing what the majority of their supporters and the majority of Canadians want: Lower levels of immigration.

Canada is currently undergoing a nearly unprecedented experiment:

How high can immigration levels be raised despite the opposition of the public?

And how long can that opposition be hidden?

During the Harper Government, Canada already had high levels of immigration, with about 250,000 people immigrating to Canada every year.

That would be the equivalent of the United States bringing in about 2.5 million people yearly, when their actual rate of (legal) immigration is closer to 1 million.

And now, the Trudeau Liberals are massively ramping up immigration levels, to 360,000 people per year.

This means that Canada, with about 1/9th the population of the United States, has an immigration rate nearly 1/3 of that in the US. And the US already has one of the highest immigration rates in the world, on both a total and per capita basis.

In short, Canada’s immigration levels are massive.

Now, as the son of an immigrant father, some may say it doesn’t make sense for me to be talking about immigration. However, that’s an argument the left loves to use to shut down any discussion of immigration. And since most Canadians are descended from immigrants, following that leftist ‘logic’ would mean no discussion of immigration would ever be possibly, which is of course absurd.

The fact is that immigration is among the most consequential policies a government can undertake, with far-reaching consequences, both positive and negative for a country.

And any democracy worthy of the name must have a robust debate on immigration.

Unfortunately, that debate isn’t happening.

Despite a clear majority of Canadians wanting immigration levels to be lowered, and with almost nobody supporting the record-high levels under the Liberals, all the main political parties are unwilling to discuss it in any meaningful way.

The political and corporate elites have managed to create a false consensus on immigration, using the political parties to make it appear as if there’s no dissent on the issue.

Yet, with the Conservatives seeking a path back to power, they can’t run from the issue forever.

On the issue of immigration, the Conservative base represents the majority of Canadians: Opposition to Trudeau’s huge immigration increases.

Additionally, pushing back against ever-increasing immigration gives the Conservatives the opportunity to shift the political spectrum. Many working class Canadians, and members of the labour movement oppose higher immigration, because massive immigration reduces the bargaining power of individual workers, and makes it easier for corporations to cut wages and keep people scared and desperate for any job whatsoever, no matter how low the pay or how bad the treatment.

By having the courage to debate immigration, and taking a stand for a lower, more sustainable immigration level, the Conservatives can gain attention and reach out to many new voters.

Keep in mind, many immigrants themselves oppose endlessly increasing immigration. Also, Trudeau’s massive immigration increases are generating a growing backlash to immigration, so lowering immigration levels will ironically help stabilize trust in Canada’s immigration system (a system which is breaking down under the Liberals).

Canada can’t avoid a debate about immigration forever, and the Conservatives must have the courage to lead that debate.

Spencer Fernando

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How can we sustain staggering immigration levels like we are witnessing and under the Trudeau government we are losing 10’s of thousands of jobs monthly. Old stock Canadians are footing the bill and supporting all these immigrants. This while we are experiencing the highest unemployment levels in many many years. Wages have dropped dramatically for those of us not employed. I was laid off from work 4 years ago due to the slowdown and decimation of the Alberta oilfield by both our NDP provincial government and Liberal Federal governments. I have been applying for many different jobs daily for the… Read more »

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As a member of the Conservative Party of Canada I’ve being trying to communicate to my MP about my views on Immigration/Seniors/Corruption in GVT. Not having a lot of luck!~ As I’m extremely stubborn I’ll get my views known soon Mr. Barrett I hope you read this. A Referendom on Immigration until a solid Majority of Canadians agree how’s that sound?

Don Taylor
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Don Taylor

I am for Immigration ,but only at prescribed LEVELS

Ivon Monahan
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Ivon Monahan

A total FREEZE on “immigration ” has to be top of the agenda next we must drain the swamp of all the bottom feeders that the TURD let in, this mass INVASION must be met with MASS DEPORTATION anything less my friends and we no longer have a country !

Jay
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Jay

We can’t have a sensible discussion without reference to what immigration category we’re referring to. A) thosewho get in because they’re a relative of someone here. 2) Someone who passes the point criteria test and has employable skills which are in demand. 3) those who storm the borders lookingfor a better opportunity, usually without a suitable education 4) those who are U.N refugees..normally poor and uneducated, from tbird world countries with a foreign culture, language and religion. They are amazed by the handouts from Canada! Government officials need to understand that our social welfare programs only work if everyone pays… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

So true Spencer. I for one am waiting for them to get their new leader in place. I do not think the delay is helpful to the cause at this point.
I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.
I would love to see Canada doing better in 2020.

Brian Dougan
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It bears repeating: Our European ancestors were settlers/colonists, and built this country….From the ground up. They were not immigrants. There is a sharp distinction between settler and immigrant; that distinction is in the process of being redefined–to fit an agenda. The blatant; endlessly repeated falsehood that “we’re all immigrants” plays right into the Left’s playbook. The ninety-eight percent Saxon population of this nation didn’t change–Until the advent of Trudeau the Elder’s insidious multiculturalism…greatly expanded by the dreadful “Lyin’ Brian” Mulroney. The endgame is to have Whites a minority in their own country. No revelation there; it’s patently obvious. Moreover; the… Read more »

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Dave

For the Liberals to be increasing immigration numbers like this is such poor management (of course Liberals are poor at managing the economy lately and Canada in general). Also this goes totally against their policies of reducing CO2 (more people more CO2, of course the whole CO2 scam is just to get more of our money), and of also trying to make home ownership more affordable, more demand, same new supply coming online and prices go up, simple economics. And of course more homes then more CO2 thru construction, destroying trees, running furnaces, etc. The Lieberals stand for all sorts… Read more »

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photonstream

This is exactly why I voted PPC in the last election, even though I knew they wouldn’t get a seat. They are the only party that seems to listen to Canadians. Politicians should stop immigration entirely until they clean up the huge backlog, then start accepting a sane level of immigrants. I still can’t find a doctor and now I hear Britain may be starting to recruit our doctors and nurses, as they have a shortage as well. Over-crowding in our major cities is causing housing shortages, a lower quality of life, stress and I could go on, but I… Read more »

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Fritz

The $5000 a month, mentioned by one poster, goes to “refugee” claimants, I use quotes because many are actually bogus refugees since they have emigrated from safe third countries such as Great Britain, Hungary, or the U.S. The worst part is that they can continue to collect this even if their claim is rejected and is undergoing appeal. Why they require this much money is never explained except through evasive, and bureaucratic bafflegab. People on pensions, or on disability payments don’t get this much even as native born citizens, it’s almost a bigotry of lowered expectations. With regard to the… Read more »

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Moe S.

New immigrant hiree’s with the gov’t job subsidy thrown in are great for companies looking to cut labor costs. Long term employees are afraid they will be replaced with the new cheaper source of laborers. The present fear of job loss is real. I never thought I would be included among the 71,000 who recently lost jobs. A twenty-year held job with the same company did not protect me from losing a job I loved. I will survive my loss. My compassion goes out to Donald O’Kane in the comments section below. I absolutely understand the feelings of disbelief, anger,… Read more »

Jaba
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Jaba

The part time drama teacher with no clue about anything is destroying this country. awho voted to give this moron 4 more years? Millemias? Dope heads? Useful idiots?

Douglas Martens
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Go to the town of vernon bc’s official website and read about the liberal plan to forcefeed 90k immigrants into this town of 45,000 over the next 8 years! Then check Brandon, Moose Jaw, about 5 ontario towns and a couple more in Alberta and BC. Interestingly, no pilot immigration program for quebec but no doubt that’s an oversight yeahright on trudeau’s part. Traditional Canadians are going to really love the consequences of voting the liberals back in. Goona be great yeahright.