Canada … A Nation Of Immigrants?
Not that accuracy matters in a mind-numbing hail of entitlement propaganda, but Canada is actually a nation of the native born! According to Statistics Canada, “the 1996 Census showed that 95% of Canada’s total population were Canadian citizens. Of those, the vast majority (87%) were Canadian citizens by birth.” (The Daily, November 4, 1997)
Visible Minority Composition in Canada
Chinese – 26.9% South Asian – 21.0% Black – 17.9% Arab/West Asian – 7.7% Filipino – 7.3% Latin American – 5.5% Southeast Asian – 5.4% Japanese – 2.1% Korean – 2.0% Other – 2.2% More than one origin – 1.9% (Canada: A Cultural Profile, published by Catholic Immigration Centre 1998, funded by Immigration Canada)
[The Government claims we have no heritage! Well Canada First Disagrees!]
Shouldn’t This TELL Ottawa Something?
Yeah, more propaganda please. A poll conducted before the arrival of the boat people finds “Vancouver residents are much more likely to feel negative towards current immigration levels than the country as a whole, [according to] an internal Citizenship and Immigration Canada study. … The author notes that Toronto residents are not far behind Vancouver in their opposition to immigrants. And those most in favour of current immigration levels live in places where few immigrants ever go. The study by consultant Douglas L. Palmer of Elgin, Ont., and completed in July of this year, looked at 20 years of polls commissioned by the CIC on immigration attitudes. … [It was — as always] obtained under freedom of information laws.” (National Post, October 12, 1999) Of course, if Canadians were simply racists who had never been correctly enlightened about the idea of ‘giving people a chance,’ that attitude would be most prevalent in areas with few immigrants. Not so. In a 1996 CIC document entitled Determinants of Canadian Attitudes Toward Immigration: More Than Just Racism?, this same Douglas Palmer reveals some powerful insights which Ottawa seems stubbornly determined to ignore, preferring instead to style any and all opposition as ‘racism.’ “Many people think opposition to immigration is just racism.
This simplistic view is belied by several analyses between 1975 and 1995 … the results provide scant support for interpreting opposition to immigration as merely an acceptable way of expressing intolerance. … Economic fear may well be the most important factor, in the formation of the attitude toward the level of immigration. … With respect to female respondents being less supportive of immigration in general, there is little reason to expect them to show greater levels of symbolic racism than do males. The differences by area of residence are particularly telling … between Toronto and the smallest communities, where Toronto residents show markedly less acceptance of ‘non-white’ immigrants. .. Beliefs and attitudes related to immigration will vary according to the individual’s experience and circumstances. For example, those living where unemployment or crime rates are low will be less likely to believe immigration contributes to such problems.” As for the rest of them, we’ll just tell them they don’t — or else!
Consider Yourself One Of The Family …
As we’re frequently reminded, all who toil in the immigration and refugee field do so because they are wonderful, big hearted people who love mankind. The luxury vehicles, cabin cruisers and cushy appointments are just God’s way of signalling enthusiastic approval. “Immigration Minister Elinor Caplan has done little to change our flawed immigration and refugee system since taking over the portfolio this spring. That’s why it’s interesting to note that she has a brother-in-law [unnamed] who has been hugely successful as an expert in the immigration/refugee system. He’s been a judge since [last] November. ‘The minister does not regard this as a conflict of interest because he’s a judge,’ her assistant said curtly when I called to corroborate the tip about her close relative. But what this all means is that the minister who should be trashing and revising our immigration and refugee policies is related to a man who was a ranking member of the immigration industry.” (Diane Francis, National Post, October 16, 1999) This is a little confusing, since the muckraking Frank Magazine insists that she is “blessed with at least one family member who can offer sage counsel on the stickier points of immigration policy, cousin Mendel Green, Q.C. … No doubt some will try to suggest that there is a potential conflict of interest. … Poppycock. … After all, outgoing minister Lucienne Robillard raised zero protest back in ’97 when she re-appointed her ex-hubby and campaign organizer, Jacques Lasalle, to yet another four-year term at the Immigration and Refugee Board.” (Frank Magazine, September, 1999)
Green has made buckets of money as an immigration lawyer and is a loud voice for even more open door policies. “Caplan was one of four women chosen to contest ridings in a contentious March decision that bypassed the usual nomination process.” (Canoe, June 3, 1997) The other three females parachuted in as Liberal candidates, Maria Minna, Jean Augustine and Raymonde Folco, are just about as pro-immigration as they come. Minna has moved onward and upward after serving as Robillard’s loyal sidekick, while Folco and Augustine are ensconced in the House Standing Committee on Immigration. As a veteran politico, (former Ontario Health Minister) Caplan must know that it’s fatal to make a big splash at the outset. People will always be expecting more of the same. No, to seamlessly replace Robillard, best to start out slowly and then gradually taper off. In that spirit, thoroughly defeated Canadian “immigration officials are already preparing for more illegal Chinese migrants to arrive by ship next summer. … ‘We are continuing to plan and develop contingency plans for whatever might happen next summer,’ Immigration Department spokesman Jim Redmond said (AP, October 26, 1999) “Chinese authorities noted that in 1998, after 100 persons went by boat to Guam and were not sent back, 700 went in the first six months of 1999.” (Migration News, September 1999)
Somali Passports No Longer Recognized in Canada
“Canada announced in August 1999 that it would no longer recognize recently issued Somali passports; Somalia has had no government competent to issue internationally recognized passports. … The 1996 census found 30,000 Somalis in Canada; activists estimate there are 80,000 to 100,000.” (Migration News, September 1999)
Fukianese Dreams: Short Shelf Life
Despite opinion polls edging toward 100% disapproval, ships one through four were not enough to persuade Ottawa to pull the plug on a despised immigration system. On the contrary, we got a bigger shovel serving up heftier portions of Flower-Power platitudes about a caring and compassionate society that seem embarrassingly out step with millennial realities. Let’s face it, there are real job opportunities waiting for those Canada ushers into a life of indentured servitude: prostitute, sing-song girl, dope peddler, thug, sweat-shop labourer, bag man, arm twister, drug mule, noodle wrangler, mob enforcer. Ottawa’s decision to let Canada function as a staging area, makes the human flesh trade one of the very few criminal enterprises in which the willing and enthusiastic participant (aka “the victim”) is permitted his share in the proceeds of a crime (that is, admission to Canada) after he has been apprehended. Meanwhile, his snakehead partner will face a system of deterrents better suited to those who neglect to pay parking tickets.
In a recent phone call from the Big Apple, one of the vanishing illegals from the first boatload shared second thoughts about third rate enforcement: “The migrant says he wants to return to Vancouver. [The majority were released Aug. 4. He could not have been in New York two months when he snapped] ‘I can’t stand it anymore. I want to come back. That’s why I phoned. … Help me,’ he told sympathetic listeners from the [Toronto] Chinese community in a taped telephone call earlier this week. … Faced with debts of $40,000 (U.S.) to the snakeheads and another $30,000 to the gang that organized his transportation from Vancouver to New York, the man is working 12 hours a day in a restaurant with only a single day off a month. His entire $1,000 monthly salary goes directly toward paying off his huge debts, he said. … The refugee claimants are apprehended by Vancouver-based gangs who put them on the road to New York.” (Globe and Mail, October 13, 1999) Has any effort been made to identify the Vancouver-based gangs, or is the real task discrediting the 90%-plus of Canadians who inconveniently awakened during the operation? Just before the immigration department moves heaven and earth to repatriate all disgruntled refugee fugitives, let’s hope someone reminds the fellow in New York that he was not press-ganged to North America, and that he and the rest of the manifest were recently suffering just as bitterly in Victoria from cold food, detention, handcuffs, red coveralls, and alleged RCMP mistreatment. Remember?
No Price Too High
In thrall to the immigration lobby, Ottawa obediently detained subsequent hustlers as they continued to bob in. The primary difference between summary denial of entry and years of appeals lies in the great oozing fees collected by the settlement and immigration workers who currently dominate policy making in this country. “Of almost 600 Chinese migrants who arrived in Canada last summer, only six have had their cases settled. All six have been rejected as refugee claimants. And although the Immigration and Refugee Board finalized 70 cases, 64 of those were abandoned when the individuals either failed to show up for their hearing or failed to complete their applications on time. [O-for-7O so far] … Board spokesman Denise Robichaud … didn’t know if any of the 64 had been detained. But Reform MP Leon Benoit said government sources have told him that the 64 migrants are on the run. Of the 590 migrants who arrived by boat, 421 were detained and 491 claimed refugee status, Robichaud said. Robichaud was unable to confirm a report that the refugees are costing taxpayers $84,000 a day. Benoit said government sources told him it’s closer to $120,000 a day.” (Toronto Sun, October 20, 1999) Harry Truman said it: “If you can’t convince them, confuse them.” By the time the IRB sorts through their own and legal aid’s stalling tactics, denials, damage control, arcane bureaucratese, two official languages, Chinese translations and a partridge in a pear tree, our “guests” will be including grandchildren in their appeals. No doubt their far off appeals will be heard by their very own immigration lawyers — by then appointed (thanks to Canada’s imperial patronage system) to sit as judges. No wonder Ottawa’s frantic to prohibit legal gun ownership in Canada: with government like this, taxpayers are just too valuable to let them blow their heads off. No wonder they’re erecting a suicide barrier at Toronto’s Danforth Viaduct. No wonder they’ve destroyed the railroads: even the prospect of laying your head on a railway track is looking more attractive by the decimal point.
The Endangered Canadien : Chinese Eclipses French
What do federally mandated programmes to preserve Quebec’s language have in common with national immigration policy? Nothing but the expense. “The French language has entered a period of slow but steady decline in Canada in the face of a wave of Asian immigration. … The Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies and the Quebec government’s Conseil de la langue francaise, predicted Chinese would soon be spoken more than French in English Canada. … Jack Jedwab, the author of the Association for Canadian Studies’ report … added that the number of people speaking Cantonese and Mandarin at home would reach 600,000 in English-speaking Canada by the time of the next national census in 2001 from 555,000 in 1996. In 1996, 590,000 Canadians outside Quebec spoke French at home, a number that is expected to decline.” (Reuters, October 27, 1999) Thus, massive Third World immigration, which Doug Collins charged in his book Immigration: The Destruction of English Canada, was designed to break up English Canada and assure French domination, has ironically served to undermine the French fact.
[Canada’s open door immigration policy is destroying our future — find out more]
Can Multiculturalism Survive Multiculturalism?
While a liberal society may be perfectly capable of reasonable accommodation, no one in his right mind imagines that all beliefs are compatible with all others. In direct contravention of the spirit of multiculturalism, a good Muslim will be forced into an ethnic ghetto if he wants to steer clear of the ‘poisonous’ liberalism that brought him here in the first place. “What Mohammed Qasmi considers tradition, the RCMP calls abuse. A student of Qasmi’s Islamic College near Hope [B.C.] says Qasmi beat the students with switches as a form of discipline. … ‘I haven’t used switches, I just do slapping,’ Qasmi said yesterday from his now-empty school which he shut down before the authorities could. ‘This is like our own child when they come here. If you love your son you just slap him slowly, not enough to hurt or cause pain.’ … The school is not registered with the B.C. government. … Instead of the three Rs, the curriculum is based on daily studies of the Muslim holy book, the Koran. … Qasmi said aside from the physical punishment, students were also forced into marathon-praying sessions — 10 hours at a time — to appease him. They would be punished for doing anything that ‘corrupted their body or their mind,’ he said. ‘This is our tradition and our culture.'” (Vancouver Province, September 30, 1999) Vague hopes of spontaneous acculturation attenuating or replacing old ways recede as groups like the Sikhs become more, not less, insular as time goes on.
It is a sad fact that outside of the Europeanized world, open, tolerant, minority-friendly societies are few and far between. Places unlikely to ever find a place on anyone’s top-ten list of beacons of human rights are equally uncalled upon to ever have to sort through floods of goodie-grubbing opportunists. Nevertheless, it is people from just such social ditches that feel called on to lecture Canadians (too polite to laugh) on the nuances of human rights, among our many other failings. “Latin American labour and social activists coming to Canada for a huge conference of trade ministers next week say some of their members are being detained for no reason at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. ‘I was taken out of the line and put into a room,’ said Luis Anderson, the general secretary of ORIT (Regional Inter-American Organisation of Workers), which represents trade unions in Latin America. ‘I was told I would be denied entry into Canada if I didn’t go.’ … He said he, two of his co-workers and another acquaintance were detained for about two hours. They were among a number of people of colour or people who looked like workers who were plucked from a general lineup of people trying to enter Canada, he said.” (Globe and Mail, October 29, 1999) Communism, now largely abandoned by ‘the workers,’ has increasingly turned to ‘people of colour’ to take up the soiled red banner.
We Told You So: Immigration Brings TB Plague
Thank you, Health and Immigration Canada! Who would have thought it was possible to take tuberculosis from historical footnote to front page news in just a couple of years? You and your greedy cronies and/or activist pals have additionally cultivated such a climate of privilege that we must take care that we do not offend the lethally ignorant by asking that they cover their mouths when they cough or refrain from depositing their sputum in our streets. What a noble achievement! Through the first seven months of this year, about 150 Tibetan refugees came to Toronto via the U.S., with another 180 arriving in August. Nine cases of TB have been reported in this group, including five that are multidrug resistant. “The drugs for MDR tuberculosis cost about $250,000. If one added the cost of hospital care, the inability to work and, sometimes, the need for surgery, the cost would be more than $1-million for one patient. Even then, there are no long-term studies showing whether such expensive treatment works in the long run or whether patients relapse within five years.” (Globe and Mail, September 7, 1999) “According to one source, some of the Tibetan refugees coming from the United States may have known that they were infected, and decided to apply for refugee status in Canada because of the difference in the health-care systems in the two countries.” (Globe and Mail, September 8, 1999)
TB in Canada
Well, as long as we feel we’re still of some use. Wisely, immigration officials refused to conduct interviews. There was also the bizarre (and never explained) case of the Korean crewman from one of the smuggling ships, whose court appearance prompted the judge to order surgical masks for visitors as well as court personnel. Next it was the Kosovars: “An Aurora woman who contracted tuberculosis after volunteering with Kosovo refugees at Camp Borden blames the federal government for not warning her of the danger of infection. … She said she knows of at least two other volunteers who have tested positive for TB. … Royal Airlines said six of its flight attendants contracted tuberculosis ferrying Kosovo refugees to Canada.” (Toronto Star, September 28, 1999) “‘Some of them (refugees) were very ill, you know vomiting, that sort of thing,’ said Marc Sutton, one of the infected attendants who tested negative before the flights. ‘I knew in my heart that I wouldn’t have done the flight … if I knew there were those risks.'” (Victoria Times Colonist, September 27, 1999) Yet on April 19, 1999, prior to the airlift, the then-minister of immigration assured us that “before a person comes to Canada … in order to protect the health of Canadians, a basic medical examination, including a chest X-Ray, will be undertaken.” (Citizenship and Immigration Canada Overview, fast-track processing of Kosovo refugees, released May 3, 1999) “Immigration Minister Elinor Caplan admitted the refugees weren’t tested for tuberculosis or any infectious disease until they arrived in Canada.” (London Free Press, September 29, 1999) On the other hand, Caplan “said that TB is a ‘disease of the world’ and suggested that there was a chance the flight attendants caught it in Canada.” (Globe and Mail, September 29, 1999) Uh-huh.
Dr Maria Hugi
|The immigration department responded with similar compassion when Dr. Maria Hugi was infected with TB while resuscitating a dying Burmese man — she was essentially told to stop whining; nobody had forced her to work in a high risk profession. The Aurora woman who volunteered with the Kosovars was barred from her day job when her ordeal made headlines. Since when is our compassion strictly rationed and labelled: “Outsiders Only!” Two weeks ago 22 Chinese illegals arrived at Pearson Airport via Hungary on a Malev flight. Some have refused to be photographed or fingerprinted. None carried documents, and all have filed refugee claims. Six tested positive for tuberculosis and understandably worried immigration officers again refused to interview them. Then there’s the case of the Jamaican bound for deportation whose security escort refused to accompany him from the hotel to the flight when he learned that the man was infected. A source close to the situation says: “There is no plan at Immigration Canada on how to deal with this.” (Toronto Star, October 16, 1999) No kidding.|
Why aren’t these issues brought forward in Parliament? Don’t Canadians deserve some answers, or are those who ask questions ‘the sick ones’? Does Health Canada care that TB was once a reportable disease? How long was the Jamaican here? Who came in contact with him? Who did the Burmese infect during his eight terminal months here? As for the 22 Chinese and hundreds of Tibetans, isn’t Hungary considered a safe third country? Isn’t the U.S.? What proportion of self styled refugees ever show up for their ‘any time within 60 days’ medical examination? Of those who do, what proportion require costly medical treatment? “The city of Toronto says it’s got a big problem and it wants Ottawa to help solve it. The problem is tuberculosis. … It says Ottawa’s responsible for most of the people who have it – immigrants and refugees. … The city wants the federal immigration department to improve screening for people coming into the country. It also wants the department to pay for the cost of treating people who have already made it through the screening but have TB.” (CBC Newsworld, September 22, 1999) When Toronto’s Mayor recently complained about the spiralling costs associated with refugee settlement and “a burgeoning number of illegal migrants believed to be living on the city’s streets … the federal Immigration Minister, suggested … that Toronto should be thankful for the latest wave of migrants.” (National Post, October 16, 1999)
But What Does It Cost To Treat?
“The number of Canadians who have contracted malaria through international travel and work has soared by 146% in recent years. There were 1,036 cases in 1997, the most recent year for which statistics are available, compared with 420 in 1994. … It killed seven in Canada in 1998.” (National Post, October 25, 1999)
Most Chinese Student Visa Applications Are Frauds
“A new report, ‘Chinese Student Visas: Evidence of Organized Fraud,’ concluded that two-thirds of the applications filed in Beijing for student visas to enter Canada were fraudulent. … Smugglers tell young Chinese wishing to enter Canada that entering as a foreign student is easiest. So far in 1999, about 1,000 Chinese a month applied for student visas, up from 300 a month in 1998. … Many observers agree with Peter Kwong of Hunter College in New York, who says that ‘Canada is not as prepared [as the US] to deal with the professional, sophisticated smuggling networks.'” (Migration News, September 1999)
“Issues” Led Her To Bite Children
“A daycare worker was issued a 90-day suspended sentence yesterday for biting two 18-month-old children … bites that left marks … in incidents more than a year apart. … Kim Phung Nguyen, 37, convicted last May of biting two children in an attempt to teach them not to bite others, avoided jail because she agreed to undergo psychiatric therapy. … [Quebec Court Judge Robert] Sansfacon suggested he leaned heavily on a pre-sentencing psychiatric report that describes Nguyen as a person who was unable to recognize her guilt, because it would amount to a personal failure. Born into an affluent family in Vietnam, she experiences two major ‘failures’ after coming to Canada at age 14 — abandoning medical school and the breakdown of her marriage — that made her unwilling to face a third, the report found.” (National Post, October 26, 1999) Thanks to Judge Sansfacon, she’ll never have to. How did this Saigon chomper with her messed up psyche get into Canada? Is anyone responsible?
Russian Mob Well Established
“After a two-year investigation, police in Toronto have arrested a group of people they say have links to organized crime. All five people arrested Monday morning immigrated to Canada from countries in Eastern Europe in the past 10 years. … Police say criminals from Eastern Europe have been very effective at getting a foothold in Canada. ‘In the last four or five years, they have been able to achieve as much as the traditional groups have in the last century,’ says RCMP Supt. Ben Soave. Police say credit cards were the target of the group arrested. When a customer handed over a credit card for a purchase, a member of the group would swipe the card through a reader under the counter, which downloaded the information from the reader to a laptop computer. The information was later retrieved and, with a single swipe and a few keystrokes, loaded onto a fake credit card. Three years ago, credit-card fraud cost banks almost $90 million. That amount has now nearly doubled to more than $160 million. Police say there is no longer any guarantee your credit card or debit card is secure. The best advice they have is to watch everything that happens to your card when you hand it over the counter.” (CBC Newsworld, October 18, 1999) In the case of debit cards, it’s a good idea to cover your hand as you enter the PIN number — there have been instances where hidden cameras record the ‘secret’ customer access code.
“After a 6 month undercover operation, Toronto police have arrested 18 people in the last two days at homes and businesses in Toronto and Markham. The officers seized drugs, counterfeit money, and forged Canadian and Chinese passports. Police say what is unusual about this is that its the first time they’ve seen cooperation between Russian and Asian gangs. … The head of the police special investigations services says he is not surprised the rival gangs are teaming up. Superintendent Ron Taverner says that it is an emerging trend, greed is the major factor.” (CBC Newsworld, October 7, 1999)
Check Your Brain at the Door
Toronto’s print media performed the obligatory self examinations when Frances Henry, newly appointed chairwoman of diversity at Toronto’s Ryerson School of Journalism, accused them of race bias. Did anyone really expect Ms. Henry to declare diversity appointments a divisive waste of resources? She says the overt racism that “characterized Canada” is gone: deviously, modern racism is not so much about the colour of a man’s skin as the content of his character — and you’d better not notice that either. Ms. Henry’s Orwellian appellation, ‘democratic racism’, refers to “those who express concern about the large number of single mothers among black families and the delinquent behaviour of some black youth, as well as those who oppose preferential hiring measures and official multiculturalism or question Canada’s immigration and refugee policies.” (National Post, September 29, 1999) In short: thought crimes. In celebration of these new sensibilities, consider the mindset at a recent coroner’s inquest into the 1991 in-custody death of a black man named Kenneth Allen. He died from either cocaine poisoning, asphyxiation from a broken neck cartilage or a combination of the two (See Hotline #109 Dec. 1998.).
Grilling Police Constable Paul Van Seters, a lawyer from the Black Action Defence Committee concluded: “‘I put it to you, if a person behaving like Mr. Allen had been a white man in a business suit, you would not have written in your notebook ‘wild dog’.’ Const. Van Seters testified earlier that he had written the note to describe how Mr. Allen had a radio antenna in his mouth and was waving it around like a ‘wild dog.’ He had bitten the antenna off another officer’s radio during the arrest.” (National Post, October 13, 1999) Ms. Henry reached her damning conclusions based on press coverage of just two Toronto ethnic groups: Jamaicans and Vietnamese. With such limited data, she has managed to extrapolate sweeping and self serving generalizations — at one time — the clinical definition of “bias”. However reluctantly, “the Rae government’s Commission on Systemic Racism showed black adults were admitted to prison at five times the rate of white adults, but that Asians were admitted at only half the rate of white adults. The disparity in some offences was striking: the black-white ratio for drug trafficking and importing was 22 to one, for weapons offences, black-white remand rates were nine to one.
The race industry claims such figures result from differential policing, but black admissions for drinking and driving offences, a charge in which the police have considerable discretion, are half those of whites. Metro [Toronto] police are notably restrained in commenting on the hot-button issue of ethnic crime, though a 1992 news report quoted unnamed sources to the effect that 40% of armed robberies in Metro Toronto were committed by blacks, of whom 90% – 95% were Jamaican. [“More Jamaicans already live abroad than live on the island. … Among a population of 2.6 million, 953 people were murdered last year. AP, October 3, 1999] … Vietnamese crime has not had the same high profile, but again there is ample evidence of its scale. [The 1997 Criminal Intelligence Service Canada report on organized crime] describes Vietnamese gangs as ‘a significant threat to public safety across Canada’; the gangs are known for their ‘extreme violence and use of automatic weapons.’ The Commission on Systemic Racism suggested overall low rates of Asian prison admissions could conceal considerable variations and noted concerns in the Vietnamese community about the high incarceration rates of both male youths and adults. … [Despite optimistic headlines] in the last 35 years the rate of violent crime per person has increased by 400%, property crime by 300%. The Fraser Institute estimates the cost of crime at between $15-billion and $30-billion annually. At Ryerson, such news will take second place to feel-good journalism, based on the sociologically illiterate claim that coverage of ethnic crime ‘racializes’ the activity’.” (Martin Loney, National Post, September 29, 1999) Mr. Loney wrote “The Pursuit of Division: Race, Gender and Preferential Hiring in Canada”