October 16, 2002, The World At Six, News Item About Minister of Immigration

The World At Six, October 16, 2002 News Item About Minister of Immigration

Dear Reporter:

(1) You reported that the Minister Of Immigration has said that Canada would be short of 1 million skilled workers in the next 10 years. Don’t you think it might have helped if you had asked Minister Corderre where he was getting his figure of 1 million? You also reported the minister as saying that a significant number of immigrants would be funnelled into Canada’s small towns and cities. Which small cities and towns really need immigrants? In B.C., most small cities and towns have high unemployment. Are our unemployed supposed to be treated as disposables in favour of

(2) Don’t you think it might have helped if you had inserted a comment from a well-recognized demographer/researcher to verify the figure that the minister was using? Canada’s Department of Immigration has unfortunately not been above stretching the truth to justify its actions. In fact, some critics have described the Department as Canada’s Official Manure Spreader. Its Minister and his many employees have been recommended for transfer work in Canada’s Agricultural sector because they have such extensive experience in this kind of activity. I think the Minister will be extremely hard-pressed to justify the figure of 1 million. Don’t you think it might have helped to have pressed him somewhat on this matter?

(3) Daniel Stoffman, who has just recently published a book on immigration, states that 6 and 1/2 million young people (The Baby Boom Echo) will be entering the workforce in the next 10 years. You might have asked Canada’s Chief Manure Spreader how these 6 and 1/2 million people are going to find jobs when they have to compete against immigrants?

Please ask questions such as this. Otherwise, the people of Canada will continue to be treated like mushrooms: fed lots of horse manure and kept in the dark.

Have a good day!