The Will to Pander

Article by Kathy Shaidle.


Immigration is a hot topic up here in Canada right now.

It has been that way for decades if you’re a white, working-class “citizen” of Trudeaupia. But by order of our elite betters, our candid chatter about “those foreigners taking over the country” who are “breaking the law” and “living on welfare” is relegated to barrooms or around card tables.

(Dare to post an anti-immigrant “poem” on your website, and the nation’s thought police will shut it down and prosecute the webmaster. Then, without a hint of irony, they’ll proudly repost the dangerous, deviant “poem” on a Government of Canada website as a kind of game trophy. Yes, that really happened.)

Great news, though: Our elite betters have recently granted us permission to more or less openly discuss immigration, albeit within their own strict parameters, which include them still getting to call us “racists” when they feel like it.

Here in Ontario, an election is coming up. If you’ve just awakened from an eight-year coma and are wondering how Norman Bates came to be provincial premier, wonder no more: That’s just Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty, a smirking fellow who wooed his now-wife with the pickup line, “Can I borrow a dime for the pop machine?” Our incumbent’s equally baffling ability to get reelected may finally be faltering.

“Canada’s two biggest political parties promise to use your money to buy your job and give it to whichever immigrants happen to vote for them.”

The Liberal platform was “leaked” last week, and one promise stood out. As Margaret Wente explained:

Their list of election promises includes a dopey scheme to give a $10,000 tax credit to any business that hires a skilled new immigrant who’s unemployed. This half-baked idea has been correctly denounced as naked pandering to the immigrant vote – even by immigrants themselves.

“I’m absolutely worried,” Fabio Crespin, an immigrant from Brazil, told the CBC. The proposal obviously discriminates against other people who’re unemployed (including all those immigrants who aren’t so new). Worse, he says, it conjures up an “us versus them” scenario of newcomers fighting everyone else for jobs. It also fails to address one of the main causes of immigrant underemployment: the credentials problem. Nurses, speech therapists and engineers don’t need affirmative action; they need to have their credentials recognized, or to have a way to efficiently upgrade them.

Now, fine fellows such as Mr. Crespin aside, “naked pandering to the immigrant vote” was how the Liberals remained Canada’s Natural Governing Party® for the last 50 years.

When it finally occurred to the Conservatives to steal the “immigrant pandering” idea outright, they won their long-sought majority government earlier this year.

That’s one reason the differences between the two parties are less obvious than ever before.

Exhibit A: Progressive Conservative (PC) leader Tim Hudak, who’s vying for McGuinty’s job, condemned the premier’s “bizarre” $12-million affirmative-action plan as “divisive.”

McGuinty countered that is was Hudak’s opposition to this program that was really “divisive,” but, we were quickly assured by the CBC, he “stopped short of saying the PC leader was a racist.”

So did longtime Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella. Sometimes referred to as “Canada’s James Carville” (while other times compared to that cat in the Rhode Island nursing home that predicts residents’ deaths), Kinsella—who rarely hesitates to call his enemies “racists”—also demurred.

Kinsella had accused Hudak of race baiting on his blog, but when confronted with that fact by broadcaster Brian Lilley, Kinsella pivoted, declaring flatly, “I do not believe that Tim Hudak is a racist at all.”

And then, astonishingly, Kinsella made a good point.

You see, Kinsella explained, Hudak couldn’t possibly be a racist because just last year he’d proposed a program to encourage businesses to hire immigrants, too—one that’s awfully similar to the one McGuinty is now proposing.

In any event, ordinary Canadians will, for a limited time, be permitted to express their views on immigration without being called racists (to their faces.) With accidentally brilliant timing, the federal government is currently inviting citizens to fill out an online survey on that very topic.

I duly logged on and took advantage of the numerous fields that generously provide for my comments by typing “NO MEXICANS!!” into each one.

I also voted to scrap the “family reunification” program, which sees thousands of elderly foreigners settling in Canada too late to pay any taxes but just in time to burden our “free” “healthcare” system with costly end-of-life machine-pinging.

Asked how to deal with the “problem” of highly credentialed professionals from abroad being forced to work as cabdrivers, I wrote: “Stop letting them in.” I imagine this solution will be deemed insufficiently “nuanced” to make it into the subsequent report.

Astonishingly, the Conservative feds—who came to power thanks in large part to the tireless ethnic baby-kissing of Immigration Minister Jason “Curry in a Hurry” Kenney—are also “moving to set up a special snitch line for citizenship fraud.” (I have never coveted a government job but may now have to reconsider.)

Asked what he thought of Liberal McGuinty’s affirmative-action proposal, Conservative Kenney expressed his disapproval:

“I think we should pursue equality of opportunity for all Canadians,” he told the Ottawa Citizen.

Back in October 2010, Kenney had announced the creation of the “Federal Internship for Newcomers” program designed to help “immigrants use their skills in the Canadian labor market as they begin their new lives in Canada.”

So now you know: Canada’s two biggest political parties promise to use your money to buy your job and give it to whichever immigrants happen to vote for them.

However, McGuinty will probably win again, having also vowed—I am not making this up—to make the trains run on time.

Alas, I don’t see any upside-down hangings in our nation’s future.

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