Is Canada abandoning its racially balanced immigration structure?

Canadians may feel the cost of racial equality in our immigration system is priceless, but the Conservative government, by attempting to lower the cost of running the system, may be reducing the sustainability of a racially balanced immigration structure.

More emphasis on English and French language skills has increased the percentages of “non-eligible” visible minorities.  This results in more opportunity for immigration from countries where these languages are more widely spoken, in particular, European and other Caucasian nations of the world.

Furthermore, by emphasizing the more cost-effective processing system of web-based applications, CIC is lowering the percentage of immigrant opportunities from third world countries where computer technology and education is lacking.

By expanding on the system of skill-transfer of equivalent qualifications, CIC is again putting the emphasis on first world nations that have similar university programs and certification standards.  This policy effectively reduces the opportunity for skilled immigrants with degrees and educational backgrounds in third world countries.

If the policies of the our immigration ministry go in this direction, it may be necessary for political opposition parties to propose a cap or “quota” system in order to maintain a racially balanced society in Canada.

Liberal and NDP strategies could also suggest that Canada encourage the immigration of visible minorities by proposing to fund more programs to raise the level of post-secondary degrees to that which Canadians are used to.  English (or French)-as-a-second-language training could also be expanded.

There can also be some new policies that don’t need to be costly.  For instance, the expansion of the family class could help to facilitate the influx of visible minorities by revising the category to include nieces, nephews, cousins and non-blood relations (e.g. related by marriage).

Lowering of the language skills point system would also allow more immigrants to settle within their community and thrive even without official language knowledge.  Less emphasis on regional placement would further allow more ethnic applicants to settle in the major cities where most congregate now.

It’s very tempting to go in a direction that is motivated strictly on a cost-savings and tax-generation basis,  but the result of that would mean to throw out the good will that Canada has built up over the years from encouraging the racial rebalancing of its society from a “white” past.  The increased resentment felt by poor nations would sorely diminish Canada’s reputation in the world.

It’s fine to strive to be the “best” country in the world to live in, based strictly on an economic basis.  It’s even better to strive to be the best when it comes to tolerance and sharing of the wealth.

The history of the world has shown that the privileged state of affairs of “Caucasian” countries occurs at the expense of the rest of the world.  Canada dared to challenge that system of racial economics many years ago.

The economy may be a little bit down, but that is no reason to abandon our humanitarian past or our fervent belief in ethnic egalitarianism.

William Howie
Immigration Program Student at Ashton College
under the tutelage of Jose Godoy Toku

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