TFWP: How Racist is Canada?

Here’s one way to tell how racist a person/nation is.

Have them read this excerpt and see if they fly into a rage about “those” people, or just come up with economic arguments to keep “them” out.

Hopefully, everyone you know will nod and say, “obviously!”

Since this is a chronically underpopulated country with an aging population and an inadequately sized consumer and taxpayer base for its geography and culture, there is no reason for Canada to make any of its immigrants anything other than permanent.

Those who say “Canadian jobs for Canadians” are right: We should continue to attract immigrants who want to do these jobs, and we should make sure they are able to become Canadians, as quickly as possible.

via Foreign workers won’t be temporary if we make them permanent – The Globe and Mail.

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2 thoughts on “TFWP: How Racist is Canada?”

  1. Wasn’t that the same sort of justification used for bringing so many European settlers into Canada (esp. in the Prairies) regardless of the wishes of Indigenous peoples? That Canada was just this “empty” expanse of land (Terra nullius) that needed to be populated by immigrants? That the Canadian-born/Indigenous were not numerous enough and were unwilling to “properly” exploit the natural resources this land had to offer? (eg. plowing up the Tallgrass prairie to farm grain). Is it a right to settle on a piece of land without the permission of those already living there? Canada did just fine for for 15000+ years with very limited immigration. I don’t think it is “racist” to take exception to this idea that we must cram even more people onto what is essentially stolen First Nations land because we are “chronically underpopulated” and need to increase our “consumer” and “taxpayer” (no nothing racist about this…) populations.

    1. certainly the terra nullius argument was nonsense. the canadian genocidal/settler/colonial government made heaps and heaps of mistakes.

      in this context, the TFWP is full of irony and hypocrisy. what i think is racist about the tfwp is which races and classes get screwed by the program, while others, less racially undesirable, are welcomed and expedited into the immigration screen.

      sometimes people advocate for no new immigration without first nations consent. i’d entertain that idea. i’d like to see a massive re-balancing of policy-making in this country; one that elevates the autonomy/input of first nations massively. lots [not all] of individual first nations folks i’ve spoken with are more interested in more people coming to canada, but in a progressive way. though i have met some who have argued for limits to immigration for these reasons.

      some advocate for a de-population of settlers and their decendents. i’ve heard folks talk of that, but mostly only conceptually. again, lots [not all] of individual first nations folks i’ve spoken with are more interested in more people coming to canada, but in a progressive, non-racist, inclusive way.

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