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Canada must keep a progressive immigration policy in place.

Why? Well.. despite criticism of the system from the right-wing (and some from those who consider themselves left-wing as well), Canada is going to need such a system for continued population growth in Canada:

An average 240,000 newcomers per year more than compensated for Canada’s flat fertility rate. Immigration could become the only source for population growth by 2030, when the peak of the baby boomers born in the 1950s and early ’60s reach the end of their lifespans.

Without new immigrants, Canada’s growth rate would have been anemic. So, despite some problems or inefficiencies that may or may not be in the present system, it is vital that we continue to be progressive and generous in our immigration policies. Not only should we be encouraging immigrants to come here, but we should find ways to better make use of their talents – An engineer from southern Asia shouldnt be forced to work pumping gas, or flipping burgers. Lets try to use their talent to our society’s advantage – and to their own advantage in making a better life then where they came from.

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7 comments to Canada must keep a progressive immigration policy in place.

  • Actually.. I didnt even see that article til now.. posted my thing entirely independent of yours.

  • I see that this might be a response to the article I posted here: http://whiletheearthburns.blogspot.com/2007/03/refugee-backlog-grows-as-harper.html

    So, it seems you read my blog, and yet no link?

    Hmmm…

  • doug newton

    Mike
    Maybe we will need more immigration at some point but why now?
    It would make more sense to me to slow down a bit while we address your accreditation issue and the other problems that stem from over-taxing our systems. What would be wrong with a decline in population back to 2001 levels? Is this whole growth thing just to cover the CPP money that the Federal government has pissed away? I guess I just don’t understand this constant need for growth.

  • DanL,

    Well that’s a little jab a a great many on the right (and a few on the left) in the blogsphere who preach free trade, especially with the US and with China, but are more than willing to drop into an anti-immigrant screed at the drop of a hat (Especially if those immigrants happen to be Muslim or South Asian). Kind of a “Our principals don’t apply to us” thing. And there are lots of them.

    Doug,

    Well we would need immigration just to remain at a stable number, even if we did not grow. The cities that really are stress are Toronto and Vancouver, who take in 80-90% of all immigrants. But then, if we allowed doctor’s to practice medicine and engineers to be engineers, instead of driving cabs or sweeping floors, there would be no problem as these people would generate wealth and increase the economy.

  • doug newton

    This may be a naive question but why do we need our population to grow? Aren’t our major cities hard pressed to keep up with the influx now? What percentage of new immigrants end up living below the low-income cutoff? Until we sort out the best use of talent issue why exacerbate the situation?

  • How many on the right who claim to support “free trade” will support this?

    I’m guessing most would. I don’t see how being on the “right” or the “left” would in any way shape your opinion on this kind of subject.

    Bringing skilled immigrants to Canada, who can compete for jobs, produce wealth and do all the fun stuff you described, is good for Canada! I fail to see how this is a left/right issue!

    I am however going to have to agree with Scott in that the accreditation of professionals needs to be recognized when it can be.

  • Open boarders, open competition for jobs, based on ability to do the job rather than nationality or accident of birth.

    Immigrants that come here and create wealth, jobs and industry?

    Gosh, that sounds like real free trade.

    How many on the right who claim to support “free trade” will support this?

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