Thursday, October 7, 2010

Margaret Wente on "Immigration" .... that word that must be spoken

One of the very few sane and sober voices at Globe&Mail speaks out and by the number of comments her article has generated, it's subject is one big concern to a huge number of Canadians.

Of all the issues of concern to the future of Toronto, there’s one that’s off limits during this mayoral election. It’s so taboo that nobody will even say the word. It’s I-M-M-I-G-R-A-T-I-O-N.

Immigration has helped make Toronto one of the most successful and diverse cities in the world. That’s the good news. The bad news is, a lot of immigrants aren’t doing well. Many of them live in what are known as “priority neighbourhoods,” where unemployment is high and incomes are low. The number of people receiving social assistance has gone up. Although the city has no say in immigration policy, it pays the bills. Meantime, another 100,000 immigrants are arriving in the city every year.

This is not a rant. It’s a plea for honest conversation. And that’s sometimes hard to have. Just ask the people who launched the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform last week. They think our immigration policies could be better. The NDP immediately attacked them for being “un-Canadian.” One immigration lawyer called the group a bunch of grumpy old white men who’d be hard to take seriously “were it not for their ability to fan the flames of intolerance.”.....

For those of you who would like to know more about the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform that Wente has mentioned in her piece, go here

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