Vol. 4 No.
9 "India is the cradle of the human race... " - Mark Twain
The Canadian media is exulting in recent immigration figures showing a burgeoning non white population. Few dare to challenge the gods of political correctness or label the trends as anything but cause for celebration.
As a director with Canada's largest Hindu advocacy, let me be very clear : we consider the new immigration stats as a disaster in the making.
This is because Canada's immigration differs radically from the successful US strategy.
America has achieved technological supremacy with a Silicon Valley staffed by the best and the brightest. Hindus and Jews have the highest per capita income in the US, double that of the white majority. The best doctors, engineers, and entrepreneurs come from these two communities.
But Canada does not have and will never have a Silicon Valley. Statistics show that Canada's 'South Asians' have lower incomes than white Canadians, and the only thing that immigration will accomplish is the growth of an angry embittered underclass.
This is because Canadian 'South Asians' are drawn from regions with lower education levels, high corruption, civil wars, and terrorism. America, on the other hand, has recruited predominantly from India's most industrially and technologically advanced areas, specifically Gujurat and South India.
Our often corrupt and poorly trained immigration bureaucrats control the assignment of points for skills, which differs from the US where American corporations call the shots. As a result, many immigrants arrive with impressive-sounding degrees and credentials which mean little in our workplace. In some parts of the world, these degrees can even be acquired from universities with small bribes.
The Liberal Party, which ruled Canada through most of its recent history, created vote banks of Muslims and Sikhs. Many immigrants come from terror-racked Islamic states like Pakistan and Bangladesh. The 1980s also saw a massive influx of Sikhs from India's terror-infested Punjab state.
Canada's Punjab consular office has one of the highest rates of fraud, many times higher than New Delhi. This reflects the extremely high corruption rates in Punjab compared to the rest of India.
Most regions which supply immigrants to Canada have very little in terms of industrial or technological skill base. Punjab, for example, is rich in agriculture yet deficient in industrialization.
The impact of sourcing most immigrants from these regions is clear. Khalistani Sikh terrorists from Punjab are suspected to have slaughtered 330 mostly Hindus in the Air India bombing.
Muslim immigration doubled in the 1990s, and anti-Semitism is now an epidemic on streets and campuses, with Canadian universities creating the cancerous 'Israel Apartheid Week'.
America's immigrants attended graduate schools and started firms like Sun Microsystems; ours infected Canadian universities and poisioned them with Israel Apartheid Week.
Canada is incapable of attracting the best immigrants, who overwhelmingly prefer America. Even if we do succeed in snagging a few star performers, they would not be able to achieve their full potential.
Decades of importing poor-quality staff have shaped Canadian public and employer attitudes negatively against South Asian professionals. The bias is now irreversible.
Nor is it clear that we need highly skilled immigration. Starved of decent skills and talent, the Canadian technology and industrial sectors, based in Southern Ontario, are fast deflating. The auto sector is a mess, and tech giants like Nortel are disappearing. Wealth is shifting to Alberta and Saskatchewan, which rely on resources.
Canada is reverting to her traditional role as a low technology provider of resource wealth to industrial powerhouses like India and America.
There is nothing wrong with this: the hubris which spawned the likes of CANDU and Nortel was destined for failure. These Eastern Canadian white elephants were built by transferring resource wealth from Western Canada.
Stealing Albertan oil wealth is sufficient to create a technology firm, but inadequate to sustain it. Our mostly Liberal politicians were far more interested in purchasing the votes of poorly qualified immigrants tp get themselves elected than nourishing skills required to maintain world-class companies.
The best thing Canada can do is abandon these artificially-created techno-industrial failures and ditch the myth that our immigrants have high-end skills.
We do not have many highly-skilled immigrants. We have not nurtured an environment to attract them. Nor do we really need them.
It is high time to slam the doors shut and put up a no-vacancy sign.
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