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We are a nation of immigrants - so what?

Thoughts on David Suzuki’s observation that Canada is FULL. Now is the opportune moment to say that on this issue, Dr. David Suzuki is right.
Suzuki has offered us a golden opportunity to resurrect a longstanding demand. We need to develop a Population Plan for this country. We need to start a conversation that would answer one critical question about Canada. "How many people do we want to live here?"


In any discussion about immigration, invariably there is one recurrent statement that never fails to grate. The oft-repeated line that "Canada is a nation of immigrants". It is a cliche that at once manages to be both untrue in the immediate sense and meaningless in its broader truth.

It is untrue because fully 79% of Canadians were born in this country. To say then that we are a nation of immigrants is like saying that the 401 is a highway of heavy trucks. Yes, there are many heavy trucks using
the 401, but the vast majority of vehicles travelling on that road are family cars. In truth, then, the only accurate observation one could make about the 401 is that it is a major conduit of motorized vehicle traffic. So what?

Ah yes, you say, but if we were born here, our parents, our grandparents or our great-grandparents were not. "So we are all immigrants". Well, that could be said of EVERY SINGLE NATION ON THE PLANET because ultimately all of humanity issued out of the Olduvai gorge. We are all then "Africans". So what is your point? That no nation has a right to determine who takes up residence in their country and how many? That unfettered migration is a divine right? That because we entered the elevator from the lobby therefore none of us have a moral right to close the door no matter how much weight is on board?

The ability to migrate, to move to areas of greater resource abundance is and has been a key fertility stimulant. Less densely populated areas offer the promise of raising larger families. The promise of greater prosperity. More material opportunities. That is what spurs migration.

But there comes a point when what Dave Foreman calls "superabundance" gives way to mere abundance and then finally to scarcity. That was the case with every continent in the world and in recent history it has been the case with North America and Australia. Yet despite this obvious transformation we---the grandchildren or great grandchildren of migrants---cling to an absurd and obsolete frontier mentality that is not appropriate to our actual predicament. That "immigrants built this country" may be a truism, but it is also true that a country can become
over-built, and that our current population level is far beyond the carrying capacity of the land to support it.

Such is the case with Canada, a large land mass with a deceptively small carrying capacity---like Antarctica.

Who will talk about fertility, immigration and global overpopulation? Who will point out that migration and global
overpopulation are intimately bound up together? And if there ever was a time to make that point, when would be better than now, after an environmental celebrity of Asian ancestry has stuck his neck out to say what the majority of Canadians are thinking? Are we going to let him hang out to dry? Are we by our silence going to feed the

McCarthyist ambition to squelch any national discussion on this issue?

Now is the opportune moment to say that on this issue, Dr. David Suzuki is right.

Suzuki has offered us a golden opportunity to resurrect a longstanding demand. We need to develop a Population Plan for this country. We need to start a conversation that would answer one critical question about Canada. "How many people do we want to live here?"

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Australia used to be a penal colony too, so does that mean we should only settle convicts and criminals? It's just as logical as continuing mass immigration because we "all are all descendants of immigrants", and Australia is an "immigration Nation".
What was beneficial in the past can become detrimental once it's past its use-by-date. It's a result of shallow, unintelligent, narrow thinking.
Australia was once the custodial land of indigenous peoples. Maybe all our leaders should be aboriginal descent? Maybe our land would be better managed, and natural heritage would be better protected. The greed of our leaders now for growth at all costs will be paid for by future generations who will inherit an even larger ageing population - something that is the natural consequence of boosting our population from the baby boom and high rates of immigration.

Well I do agree that it is narrow thinking - and David, you are really missing the big picture!! The bigger picture is that European Canadians are being manipulated to "forget" or "erase" our heritage. Well I respect and honor other cultures, I do not respect the fact that I am a minority in my own Country where MY relatives fought wars for the freedom that we enjoy today, and when I make a statement to protect my heritage I am labelled "prejudice". That word in my opinion is cowardice and manipulative. You don't go into someone elses home and tell them how they have to live and then sue them and expect more that what you are entitled to. You want to come to this country, no problem, respect the fact that our official languages are "french & english", respect our laws as they exist, LEARN TO SPEAK OUR LANGUAGES and DO NOT try to reduce our standards and morality to that which you left behind!

The ABC has revealed that large numbers of immigrants from India have fraudulent visas. The internal audits show fraud rates approaching 50 per cent, and an Immigration Department struggling to properly identify people who are entering the country.
The fraud rate has raised questions as to whether the Immigration Department's existing security and processing systems can handle the growing and complex issue of identity fraud. It's likely that not only identities are fraudulent, but the level of skills.
DIAC has become another government industry, with proceeds from the high number or immigration/visa applicants. At present levels of mass intakes, there's no way to really assure the names of documents are genuine.
http://www.rythmos1656.com.au/news/skilled-migration-documents-fraud