Immigration is a sticky issue especially in a recession. Being that Canada is the most tolerant nation in the world, the waiting list to enter our country is huge. How do we make sure that those who enter our country are going to assimilate into our culture, and not expect us to assimilate into their old cultures, that they have supposedly left behind?
Listen to this podcast, some very important points are made. Come to Canada because you want to make Canada your new home, not a passport of convenience.
Remember the 2006 rescue of Lebanese-Canadians? Remember how quickly those 30,000 Lebanese-Canadians returned to that war torn country Lebanon? Remember how PM Harper waited for the first boat to arrive so that he could fly them home to Canada? Remember how they figuratively spat in his face? I do. I was disgusted. It still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Recently I talked to two immigrants, one from Pakistan and one born in Afghanistan, both were studying to get their citizenship. One is a father of five children, the other is a young lady. When I asked them, separately why their families had immigrated to Canada, both answered, the children. They both understood that Canada was a safe place for their children, both are busy learning English and so happy to be here that they never want to go back to their old lives. These are the immigrants we want, not Canadians of convenience.
I support smart immigration, like Jason is proposing. We can't help them all, but we can welcome those who are willing to respect our laws and through education of the very children they want to give a better life to, they will all become true Canadians.
For their children!