Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:29
PORT MOODY, British Columbia — In the next 15 years, Canada will need 650,000 skilled laborers, Minister of State for Multiculturalism Harry Bloy disclosed during a gathering of four state ministers and representatives of the Filipino community at the Inlet Theater on February 6.
“Immigration has built this country,” Bloy declared. “We need you (immigrants) to continue to build this country.”
He assured the third largest ethnic community in Canada that “we are always prepared to listen and work with all of you to the best that we can.”
Bloy emphasized that Premier Christy Clark has a “family first” policy saying “we all share the same values and we shall continue to build jobs so you can provide for your families.”
Bloy and Clark’s chief of staff Pamela Martin represented the Premier in the two-hour program. They were joined by Health Minister Mike de Jong, Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux, and Labor Minister Margaret MacDiarmid.
When asked by Salvacion Dayao of the Philippine Canadian Trade Center about the possibility that the federal government will help the Filipino-Canadian community build its first-ever Philippine Cultural Heritage Center, the Liberal MLA demoted by Clark in September 2011 for his failure to measure up to the demands of communicating program changes that were affecting developmentally disabled clients and their families, made a safe answer.
“All I can deliver tonight is my moral support. I am willing to sit down with you on this matter,” said Bloy. He did not elaborate.
Immigration Watch Canada, meanwhile, scored Canada’s major political parties for adopting the attitude that “they know what is best for Canadians and that Canadians do not have to be consulted when major decisions are made.”
“Why Is Canada bringing in 250,000+immigrants per year?” asked the Immigration Watch Canada. “Ottawa has never provided a logical answer to that question. In fact, it has withheld vital information or tried to deceive Canadians with false claims about the benefits of immigration.”
*It added: “We believe Canada should have some immigration, but that immigration levels should be reduced to about 50,000, that is, to about 20% of the current annual 250,000 intake. We advocate that the 50,000 intake level should be kept in place indefinitely to compensate for the immigration disaster that has occurred in the past 20 years.
“We also advocate a significant reduction to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program which currently allows another 250,000+ non-Canadians to work in Canada every year. The 250,000 consists of about 180,000 new workers who enter Canada each year + another 70,000+ who are already here.
“This program is being widely abused by employers and should probably be reduced to nearly zero. In any recession (this past one and others), it is madness for a country to be importing large numbers of immigrants as well as large numbers of Temporary Foreign Workers.
“In addition to a reduction of Canada’s immigration intake to 50,000 per year and a dramatic cut to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program, we also call for major reform to many of Canada’s other immigration policies.”
By Alex Vidal
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