Now you'll notice him, because he wants to bring half a million immigrants to Canada every year. Half a million! When we can't even employ all the ones we're bringing in now.
But hey, how else is the Liberal Party going to shore up its eroding electoral base?
Canada needs to double the flow of immigrants into the country to build up its population and drive economic growth, Liberal leadership candidate Maurizio Bevilacqua said Friday.
In a bold proposal to throw open the doors to the country, Mr. Bevilacqua proposed that Canada expand its immigration system beyond filling holes in the labour market, bringing in far more foreign relatives of Canadians to expand the population.
His proposal calls for Canada to increase its immigration rate immediately to 1 per cent of the population, or about 325,000 people, rather than the roughly 240,000 a year it brings in now. By 2016, he would increase immigration to 1.5 per cent of the population, which would be about 490,000 people a year based on the current population.
“We can't be timid,” Mr. Bevilacqua said in an interview Friday. “I have very much an expansionist view of Canada.”
Canada needs to recruit workers and deal with labour-market needs, but also must engage in nation-building, Mr. Bevilacqua said.
Canada's relatively low birth rate means that its future population and work-force growth will come from its aboriginal population and immigration, he said.
If you really want to be controversial, why not encourage native-born Canadians to have more children? Raise that suggestion, however, and everyone will scream racism, sexism, even homophobia for good measure.
But it's a better option for Canada in the long run than looting the rest of the world to keep our social welfare Ponzi scheme from collapsing.
Source: Globe and Mail