- July 2002-
in a Bigger World
Canadian Immigrants to be forced to live in boondocks shock.
Minister Denis Coderre is demanding new immigrants to Canada live only
in remote areas of the country where the populations are falling. As the
population crashes in the Maritimes, the Prairies and northern BC soon
they will be filled with shivering Koreans, Chinese, Hindus and assorted
A new five year 'virtual internment' for new immigrants is proposed and
due to be phased in as soon as politicaly possible. A new card modelled
on old South African 'passlaws' could be issued restricting them from
going anywhere near the cities.
used to think Canadians were such nice people. There used to be
a welcome mat for newcomers. They used to advertise back in Europe
Give us your Doctors, Teachers, nurses and plumbers, send
us your sheet metal workers and well teach them to chop down
trees. Better yet send us you advanced electronic engineers and
North.: There Shriners at a parade
anymore. Immigration Minister Coderre clearly forgetting his own
roots wants these skilled people dumped in Price Rupert or the empty townhouses
in Kitimat or Quesnel. The French speaking political Mafia of Canada want
to use immigration as a regional development tool but they arent
offering any tax incentives to stay out there. It will be
a privilege just to be in Canada, never mind the minus 40 temperatures
and the lack of a Starbucks north of Whistler. (Not that they will be
allowed within fifty miles of Whistler no doubt snipers will be
posted on the pass.)
You can come but you cant enjoy it. Its official government
policy and if you are from North Korea or Tibet, youll think it
pretty reasonable. Of course if you are relying on getting a job up North
before you come, well that isnt going to happen and guess what,
you cant come here without a job. Kafka would have no problem understanding
*I might add there are actually really nice places to live 'out there'
and if you are lucky you might be allowed in, say,Yellowknife or WhiteHorse.
There are Canadians and Inuits who love the frozen north and wouldn't
live anywhere else.
However a place like Vancouver (which was built and developed by immigrants)
exists as an economic entity simply because immigrants like it so much.
Most of the new False Creek apartment buildings are for them, all the
new schools, the new roads; the new suburbs, which connect to the job
creating industries, are essentially created for and by new immigrants.
Dont believe me? Well check out downtown Vancouver, or Metrotown
or Lougheed Mall or Surrey and starting counting the Chinese, Koreans,
East Indians, Japanese, and Vietnamese. Try getting a house built without
an East Indian being involved. So where are the Canadians? In the civil
service jobs in Ottawa where they write new immigration laws like this.
Canada isnt full (it currently has 30 million people half
that of the UK with many times the land mass.) The attractions of Vancouver,
Montreal and Toronto are that they are vibrant cities with growth and
sophistication. This is why people move here. Force a Doctor, or teacher
or biochemist to spend five years in the wilderness and they will probably
last just five weeks and leave. Theres a good reason no one lives
in these places and none of them rhyme with sophisticated. Sure Prince
George has a University but what if you arent interested in trees,
snow or the nocturnal habits of bears? If you get there you might want
to ask why they put pulp mills in the exact place where they can cause
the most health hazards to the whole town. Yes the summers are hot but
the mosquitos are huge. Believe me, one flew off with my cousin and we
never saw her again.
The funny thing is, we arent talking about refugees. You could just
about imagine they would tolerate the weather in the Maritimes if they
had to. They could get jobs building the walls theyll have to build
to keep them there. What we are talking about are people with skills,
badly needed by Canada. People with talent, some money usually, business
enterprise, people used to working hard for a living and making a go of
things. Not much of that is going to happen in the Arctic Circle. Pretty
though the Northern Lights are.
Think again Ottawa. Australia and New Zealand are looking more attractive
for immigrants and their welcome mat is open for business. The cost of
living is lower and the wine is arguable better.
On Canada Day this July a whole bunch of new Canadian will be singing
O Canada and celebrating that they have become new citizens.
The next lot might well be singing quite a different tune.
PS: Minister Coderre might want to read up on the 1985 Sing decision in
the Supreme Court that ruled that citizens and landed immigrants, even
refugees had mobility and rights.
month on Hacks. Living and Nearly dying in Madras with Colin Todhunter.
Brian Wood says farewell to Japan after two years teaching, Mandy Mand
is still experiencing World Cup Fever and Kit Thomas wonders what to make
for lunch. Matt Fallize contemplates a suicide attempt in Cornwall and
James Skinner is still Cruising the Med. Bonnie Nish dwells on the San
Francisco Quake of 1906 and James Campion and the Rev Hernandez debate
God and the State.
© Sam North
July 2002 - Managing Editor
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