Is there any other way to look at this? Senior federal bureaucrats have been advised to hide the number of immigrants that come to this country each year so that Canadians don’t know the real facts.
A story published by Canadian Press, based off of access to information documents, shows that Canadians support immigration but that the level of support falls dramatically when the public is told how many immigrants actually come to Canada each year.
“Public support (often aided by a diversity of prominent stakeholders) in indispensable,” the department told the co-ordinating committee of deputy ministers during a meeting in April 2017 to discuss immigrant outcomes.
“But there could be a tipping point that, once reached, undermines the history of relative Canadian consensus.”
Seems the department has been doing some polling on Canadian immigration levels to gauge public support and just over 50% say the current level is “about right.” According to the story, departmental polling has shown similar levels of support since about 2012.
Then things get interesting, once the poll informs Canadians what the actual immigration levels are.
But most of those respondents believed the number of immigrants arriving every year was under 150,000. After they were told is has actually been 260,000 for the last few years, the number of people who then said they felt that was “too many” jumped from 23 to 32 per cent.
Hmmmmmm, funny that. Higher support when the public felt the numbers were lower, lower support when told the actual numbers. What is the department’s advice to senior management? Hide the truth.
“Engagement with the Canadian public is necessary, however, any high-profile debate will have to be carefully managed,” the department advised.
Effectively, top bureaucrats are warning the government, not to tell the public the real immigration numbers lest support for immigration fall. In other words, lie to the public to keep them onside.
I wonder how the public would feel if they knew the real total intake for 2016 was 848,000 people and not 260,000 as the poll claims.
Even the number of permanent residents was off as a perusal of the latest report to Parliament by The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, PC., M.P. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship will attest to.
In 2016, Canada welcomed more than 296,000 permanent residents, which is close to our new, ongoing target of 300,000 that we aim to achieve in 2017.
In 2018 the government hopes to reach between 290,00 and 310,000 and in 2019 as many as 350,000 permanent residents.
But even that doesn’t tell the full story, which we can find in the report to Parliament on the 2016 numbers.
296,000 permanent residents, this includes 62,000 refugees
286,000 temporary foreign workers
266,000 international students
That is a far cry from the 260,000 that the immigration officials put in the poll. Now some might say they are temporary and some of the workers, especially agricultural workers, only stay here part of the year. Others though stay for years at a time. As for students, they are encouraged to get Canadian experience and stay here with preferential treatment.
Taken as a group, these three streams into Canada would constitute the 7th largest city in Canada just behind Ottawa and ahead of Winnipeg, Quebec City and Hamilton.
I’m not opposed to immigration, I am the product of two immigrants and most of the people I grew up with were the same. What I am opposed to is the government lying, or at least hiding data, so that they can keep the public on their side.
We should expect better from our governments.
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