I am a 23 year-old Canadian-born male living in Toronto. (I come from a European background.) Throughout my entire life, I was reminded by teachers and of course, my parents, that if I studied hard, stayed in school, and got good marks that I would be rewarded with a solid career and a good salary.
I took the advice of my teachers and parents to heart. I graduated from high school three years ago and just recently graduated from my 4-year college program. While in college, I used my off time to make myself a better fit for any future jobs.
When I graduated, I knew that I was well qualified and ready —even though I had a student loan of $12,000 and another $4000 debt for related certifications and licenses.
The day after that $12,000 degree was handed to me, I visited my career services department which provided me a list of available jobs within the City of Toronto in my field of study. The counsellor advised me that positions were filling quickly and that I should apply for jobs immediately. I took her advice very seriously and started firing off resumes the very next day. I applied to nearly 100 places. Soon I was up to 320.
I noticed that after two weeks, I had not had a single reply. I asked myself if I could possibly be doing something wrong. Then I remembered a career presentation that was conducted at my college just months before graduation. One of the speakers had suggested that applicants make follow-up phone calls to the employers several days after applying for an open position. He advised that we be tactful, but keen.
Only about 30% of them actually listed the name and phone number of the recruiter or HR person, so I started phoning. The general response I got was that several thousand other people had applied for the same position and that it would take several hours or even days to dig up my resume from the pile. I was shocked by how many people were applying to employers who were looking to hire maybe 1 or 2 people. I was also shocked to hear employers say that so many newcomers land in Canada and need jobs immediately that this floods the job market and makes the entire hiring process much more lengthy.
Four months after graduating, I had a few telephone interviews but no job in my field of study. But I was not hopeless. I decided to call a few of my college buddies whom I had lost contact with. I was hoping that they were doing better than I was on the job hunt and could perhaps lend me some advice. One of the guys who graduated with honors had a job as a sales associate at a Rogers Plus store. Another classmate was working at a new Boston Pizza as a server while another continued to work at Lowe’s None were making any more then $14.00 per hour while having large student loans and a degree which had yet to serve any real purpose. Two of these three graduates were 2-3 years older than I was, wanted to get engaged, married, move out of their parents home and eventually start a family. Yet, they couldn’t afford to do so until they were able to land better paying work. The question we all had was : When will that happen?
I suggested to these three former classmates of mine that much of this was due to mass, unnecessary immigration. I then went on to say that it was completely senseless to constantly import hundreds of thousands of workers when Canada’s own graduates had to rely on tips at a restaurant to pay their student loans. Sure enough, all 3 of these guys couldn’t have agreed more!
One of these friends realized that just speaking of this issue amongst the four of us wasn’t going to change much, except probably feed our frustrations.
He decided to book an in-person meeting with his MP. He explained to the MP his situation and how much of this was linked to mass importation of workers from other countries. The MP wasn’t very helpful. He said things like “Immigration is good for the economy, grows businesses, and will make Canada very wealthy. Without immigration, Canada would just be an empty country, etc., etc., etc.” The MP had actually been a member of Canada’s Standing Committee on Immigration, so, of all MP’s, he should have known that he was spouting utter nonsense to my friend. But apparently, the MP actually believed what he was saying!!!
The MP then came forward with a typical ridiculous conclusion : He suggested that my friend expand his job search to Alberta since there were thousands of low-skilled and professional jobs there that Canadians in more populated parts of Canada (such as Ontario) weren’t willing to take because they didn’t want to relocate. Ted also added that this was another reason why Canada needs to constantly import people.
Sure enough, my friend took the MP up on his advice. He attended several job fairs here in Toronto with Alberta employers. But that didn’t turn out to be as promising as the MP had thought. There were about 700 jobs, but nearly 15,000 applicants. My friend was one of the 14,300 who did not get jobs, not the tiny 700 who did.
My friend tried to contact the MP, but the MP didn’t answer.
Here are 4 important points the MP and many other politicians should become aware of :
1. The Canadian unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 24 has been rising steadily, hitting about 15 per cent in April while hundreds of thousands of other Canadian youths (our college and university graduates in particular) are underemployed.
2. Nearly half of young people in Canada seem now employed permanently in retail, food service or clerical work.
3. The average post-secondary graduate is now carrying at least $28,000 in student loan debt.
4. Canada’s population has grown rapidly since 1990, due largely to immigration. Yet, according to a the 2006 Statistics Canada census), the median earnings of employed Canadians have increased by only 0.1% since 1980. Prominent Economists calculate that Canada’s high annual intake of newcomers costs the government $18-$23 billion more in services than it generates in taxes.
I and many other young people need help. Here are a few things you as a Canadian can do:
Break the silence! Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are in some way affected by the mass importation of hundreds of thousands of unnecessary immigrants but won’t make their views known outside of their home or social circle.
Contact your local MP preferably in person. MP’s are paid handsomely for their work and have a duty to listen to the concerns of their constituents. Don’t accept lame, STUPID excuses. EXPOSE THEIR STUPIDITY AND THEIR LYING–ESPECIALLY ABOUT A SHORTAGE OF WORKERS.
Be persistent with MP’s who accept high immigration MOSTLY BECAUSE HIGH IMMIGRATION is working in the self-interest of MP’S .
Don’t let MP’S get away with hypocritically claiming they are helping immigrants. Canadian citizens should come first. Disgracefully, most MP’S consider Canadians last. MP’S, particularly Trudeau, should pay a high price for their betrayal of Canadians. How about terminating pensions for a huge number of serious offenders? How about reviving capital punishment for brazen quislings??
NOTE : IMMIGRATION WATCH CANADA PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE SIMILAR TO THIS SEVERAL YEARS AGO. A FEW OF THE NUMBERS USED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE VERY MUCH WORSE NOW.