December 8, 2004 : There Are Larger Immigration Issues Than Stripper-Gate


For some time, Canada’s MP’s have focussed considerable attention and energy on actions of the current Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and demanded her resignation. Elected officials from all across the country have followed this issue with interest.

There is little doubt that the Minister has brought much of this criticism upon herself. But a few very important points either bear repeating or have not been made about the matter.

(1) The current minister did not create the regulation which allows night club/bar owners to bring strippers into Canada on work permits. This regulation was created before her time. It is absurd that it was ever put into effect, but it is only one of an almost completely absurd set of immigration policies. She inherited this policy, but she, like some of her predecessors, did nothing to correct it. In fact, she probably hoped no one would ever find out about it, just as she hopes no one finds out about most of what is going on in her department.

(2) The stripper issue may provide great opportunities for snickering and political attention, but the entire immigration issue is pathetic and ridiculous. The larger question that has to be asked is this: Why can’t the amount of energy now being spent on trying to dethrone the current minister, be spent on a broader review of key elements of the entire immigration programme?

(3) Here are a few “starter” questions for a “dethroning” of some of the major things wrong in Canada’s immigration policies:

(A) According to news reports, about 600 women entered Canada in the stripper category last year. But according to the current minister, over 42,000 asylum-seekers arrived at Canada’s borders in the same year and applied for refugee status.

The difference in the numbers is astounding, yet MP’s have devoted very little attention to the refugee/asylum-seeker issue. The situation of most of the asylum seekers (gays complaining of discrimination, women complaining about spousal abuse, others from democratic countries saying they are fleeing political persecution, etc.) is much more absurd than the stripper situation.

A number of MP’s complain that most of the matters they have to deal with are immigration and refugee-related issues. They imply that federal regulations should be even more “open-bordered” than they are now, so that MP’s wouldn’t have to spend so much time on this issue. If these elected officials were doing their jobs, they would be demanding that absurd claims for refugee status be disallowed. They would be doing so in order that MP attention and the billions of scarce federal social net money be spent on deserving Canadians, not thrown away on absurd asylum claims. Why are MP’s not asking important questions about this situation?

(B) Why is Canada bringing in almost 1/4 million people every year? Opposition MP’s have guffawed at the answers the current Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has given to their questions about the stripper (and other) issues. But the answers that a “reality check” provides to this “1/4 million”question is that Canada brings in such absurdly-high numbers of people because the current governing party relies on the votes of these people to get elected in about 41 different ridings. These ridings are places where recent immigrants tend to congregate. Some critics may argue that this number is small, but the point is that without these 40 seats, the Liberal Party would probably not get elected. The very disturbing point in this situation is that other political parties know what is going on. But instead of doing the moral thing by dramatically reducing the 1/4 million annual intake, important figures in these parties seem to have joined the Liberal Party in a race to new depths of political immorality. Canadians would have expected all MP’s who have any claim on morality to try to correct this situation. Yet only a few MP’s question the absurdly high number of people Canada continues to bring in every year. Instead, Canadians continue to hear mindless proclamations about diversity and multiculturalism—–sure signs that the loyalty of the proclaimers is not to the environmental, economic and cultural well-being of Canada and its citizens.



Immigration Watch Canada provides two news articles below. The Ottawa Citizen article examines the Liberal Party’s reliance on the recent immigrant vote. The Fox article examines serious problems (cultural and economic) created in the city of Malmo, Sweden by unacceptably high numbers of immigrants.

New Canadians tend to vote Grit in Ontario study:
Liberals captured 41 of 45 ridings where immigrants made up 25% or more of the population

Tim Naumetz
The Ottawa Citizen
Sunday, December 05, 2004

Ontario ridings with the largest immigrant populations in the province overwhelmingly elected Liberal candidates in the June federal election, a new study shows.

In Metro Toronto and other urban centres where Liberals dominated, the immigrant population ranged from 25 per cent up to 67 per cent, an Association for Canadian Studies analysis of election results showed.

Of 45 ridings in Ontario where immigrants made up more than 25 per cent of the population, the Liberals won 41 ridings, the NDP took three and the Conservatives only one.

Immigration Minister Judy Sgro’s riding of York-West has one of the largest immigrant populations in Ontario, at 61.1 per cent of the riding’s overall population, the Association for Canadian Studies found. Only Scarborough Agincourt, at 64.5-per-cent immigrants, and Scarborough Rouge River, at 66.8 per cent, have larger immigrant populations. Revenue Minister John McCallum’s riding of Markham-Unionville is fourth, with an immigrant population of 60.5 per cent.

In the lone Conservative victory out of the 45 immigrant-heavy ridings, Peter Van Loan, a prominent lawyer who had Toronto Argonauts coach Mike “Pinball” Clements among his supporters, comfortably defeated Liberal Kate Wilson in York-Simcoe by a margin of 4,500 votes. The immigrant population in York-Simcoe is 54 per cent.

Overall in Ontario, Liberals won in 75 ridings while the Conservatives took 24 and the NDP seven.

Former NDP Leader Ed Broadbent said concern about the Conservative stand on the Charter of Rights, with the party election platform questioning Supreme Court supremacy, rather than parliamentary supremacy, on such questions as abortion and same-sex marriage, may be partly behind the immigrant voting trend.

“I’m guessing, but it could be that the scare about the Tories on Charter issues, which really intensified in the last 10 days of the campaign (affected immigrants),” said Broadbent. “Immigrant groups are very conscious about minority rights.”

Alberta Conservative MP Monte Solberg admitted his party has work at hand in Ontario, but he said Conservatives are encouraged by the support they received in the June election from second-generation immigrants.

“I think immigrant voters are a natural constituency that we have not done a good job of tapping,” said Mr. Solberg. “These people tend to be very entrepreneurial, so they should favour our economic policies.”

The Ottawa Citizen 2004


Swedes Reach Muslim Breaking Point
Friday, November 26, 2004
By Steve Harrigan


MALMO, Sweden Swedish authorities in the southern city of Malmo (search) have been busy with a sudden influx of Muslim immigrants 90 percent of whom are unemployed and many who are angry and taking it out on the country that took them in.

“If we park our car it will be damaged so we have to go very often in two vehicles, one just to protect the other vehicle,” said Rolf Landgren, a Malmo police officer.

Fear of violence has changed the way police, firemen and emergency workers do their jobs.

There are some neighborhoods Swedish ambulance drivers will not go to without a police escort. Angry crowds have threatened them, telling them which patient to take and which ones to leave behind.

Because Sweden has some of the most liberal asylum laws in Europe, one quarter of Malmo’s 250,000 population is now Muslim, changing the face and the idea of what it means to be Swedish. Asylum seekers may bring spouses, brothers and grandparents with them. Civil servants say the city is swamped.

“You have 1,000 students in a Swedish school. How many are Swedes? Two,” said Lars Birgersson, principal of the Rosengrad School.

Students arrive at age 10 or 12 from countries like Iraq, Iran and Lebanon with no knowledge of Swedish; some have never been to school at all and many classes require interpreters.

Still, more than half won’t graduate.

“They are not a part of Swedish society, so to speak. It is difficult for them to get inside society,” said Torsten Elofsson of the Malmo Police Department.

However, they are the most rapidly growing segment of Swedish society outsiders who are already inside, posing a challenge to legendary Swedish tolerance that has now been stretched to the breaking point.

Malmo’s main mosque was recently set ablaze by arsonists. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they were attacked by stone throwers.

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a four-part series about the Muslim population in Europe. Tomorrow’s installment of this series will focus on how Islamic extremists are recruiting young would-be terrorists in European suburbs.