Immigration and unemployment insurance in Canada

Well it’s time to stir the old political pot again with yet another perspective from my views on immigration. It seems the Harper Government is once again looking at ways to reduce overhead. Now to me that’s a laudable subject. Anytime the government is in tune with reducing spending I’m all ears.

The latest proposition which may in fact soon become reality is the revamping of the employment insurance alignment. It seems that it is the government’s intention to continue to bring in more “desirable” youthful, skilled foreign workers to assimilate into our work force and at the same time force those healthy, albeit aging Canadians who find themselves unemployed to be forced to accept lesser jobs than is commensurate with their training, education and experience and, for less money, or be faced with having their employment insurance benefits cut off.

Let me see….who wins here? Really?

We bring refugees from foreign refugee camps because they are suffering and bring them to Canada, even though they have no education, little or no training or ability to adapt and assimilate into the Canadian work force and give them:

  • Subsidized housing;
  • Free medical, dental and optical including eyeglasses and cataract surgery.
  • Free education, for the whole family… that’s right no school fees!
  • Free groceries;
  • Free relocation;
  • Free public transportation.

Is this the way we honour the Canadians who paid into the system all their lives? We cut them off or force them to take menial substandard jobs while the government continues to cater to the refugees. Now please don’t get me wrong here, but we have to step back and take a serious look at things.

I am not for a moment suggesting that we cease to help where we can, but there is a huge gap between helping and being a catering service. How about letting some of these refugees earn their keep? I am sure there are all kinds of community projects that would not require high levels of skill or training and minimal or no supervision. I’m not saying we cease to help but how about if we help get them work instead of using taxpayer funding to provide their every need.

I agree that it takes time to become established, but realistically what are we talking here? Six months? A year? Two years? What? We need to learn how to wean them off the system. Maybe they could do some of the menial jobs that the government wants to force elderly Canadians to do; after all they have been paying to support refugees for years. Why not let the refugees help to support themselves.

Yes I will admit that I am just a little energized when these topics come up. There comes a point when we are raising our children when we have to cut them loose. If we continue to do things for them for the rest of their lives, they will never leave home. So in essence we teach them to help themselves. That’s how they stand the best chance of becoming self-sufficient. I am all for helping those in need by teaching them to help themselves. That’s the way I see things this 24th day of May!

Robert Robertson
Immigration Program Student at Ashton College
under the tutelage of Jose Godoy Toku

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