A letter to Mr McCallum, Minister for ImmigrationDear Mr McCallum,
Some time ago I listened to you talking about immigration on CBC Radio. Specifically, you were talking about efforts to settle in Canada people who were fleeing the conflict in Syria. I was surprised to hear you say that you were doing this in order to improve the Canadian economy.
In an empty world, you would be correct. But the world is not empty, it is full.
Nevertheless, I was prepared to let the matter pass without comment because there are sometimes good humanitarian reasons for the wholesale transplanting of people. Even if that means transplanting them to a culture that is totally alien to them and to which they are alien in turn.
Now I hear that you plan to increase Canada's immigration intake well above 300,000 for 2017.
The evidence is clear. Beyond a critical point, population growth has a negative impact upon the well being of most of the people in a nation. (Continued population growth in the face of falling oil production was one obvious factor that caused the present strife in Syria.)
True, the ruling class (that's you and big business and big government) will often continue to do well regardless of the harm that population growth causes to the majority. But population growth can only go so far before resources become overexploited and dignity and freedom become faded memories: As Asimov put it so plainly, the freedom of the bathroom becomes compromised.
Most people in Canada are sane and humane. That is why Canadian fertility has been below replacement level since 1972. Only faith-based fundamentalists (be they politicians, economists, or religious) propagandize for ever-increasing human population.
Even some economists have dropped faith in favour of reason. ANZ's chief economist in New Zealand, Cameron Bagrie, has questioned whether New Zealand's high immigration policy has the "right mix" and is delivering better standards of living for the existing population. You should read that article, it points out that: Australian skills shortages "remain low by historical standards", whereas there is a huge surplus of underutilized labour, thus undermining the rationale behind the large-scale importation of foreign workers.
The situation is no different in Canada. Indeed, it is worse in Canada. In Canada the government undercuts it's own people by bringing in cheap foreign labour. The temporary foreign workers program might make some sort of sense if it was the means to transfer rare and desirable skills to Canadian workers/businesses (as the government of China required). But it is not that — quite the opposite!
I ask you this, in what way is your policy any different from Jason Kenney? Jason Kenney, who labeled David Suzuki with every hateful epithet imaginable just because Suzuki — alone among the media elite — had the fortitude to state the obvious: that Canada has an overpopulation problem...