Saturday, July 21, 2007

Immigration or racism?

If, as some CBC listeners have urged in their phone in responses, the Canadian government offered greater incentives to Canadian citizens to have larger families, rather than, say, increasing immigration quotas from an already huge 250,000 per year, would their actions be considered racist?

Wouldn't it be a statement to Canadians that although we need more people to sustain our economy and our tax base of working age citizens, we would rather have the population remain the same ethnic mix it is currently. In other words, let's have more Canadian kids rather than have to import foreigners.

It makes more sense to me to increase the numbers of qualified immigrants who would be ready to go to work right now and therefore to pay taxes right away, than to pay money to people to have babies which will have a higher cost to our taxpayers in terms of health care as they are birthed and negotiate childhood and incur education costs too.

There are qualified medical people: doctors, nurses, as well as teachers, who cannot get a job here and are wasting their skills in menial jobs, who would be able to make a greater contribution to Canada if they were allowed to practice the profession for which they were trained wherever they grew up before they emigrated.

The risk the government takes in accepting an immigrant under the current rules is that a qualified immigrant can sponsor an unqualified immigrant, usually an aging and ailing parent, who immediately seeks out a medical clinic and avails themselves of free (or at least, subsidized) health care. So why not let the qualified ones get a good-paying job in their chosen profession, earn a good salary and pay more taxes?

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