By Martin Collacott, Vancouver Sun
The federal government has taken major steps to reduce a massive backlog of applications from IMMIGRANTS wanting to sponsor their (FOREIGN) parents and grandparents to come to Canada.
[See: Oldsters Make Me Sick ]
At the same time, it introduced new rules requiring sponsors to take greater financial responsibility for parents or grandparents who immigrate to Canada. While these changes represent a significant improvement over what had been in place, they still come at a massive cost to the public purse.
[How much you ask? Read this: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/05/17/immigrants-cost-23b-a-year-fraser-institute-report/]
By 2011, a backlog of more than 160,000 sponsored parents and grandparents was waiting to enter Canada.
At existing admission rates, most would have waited years before being allowed to come here.
The program is so popular, in fact, — it was estimated the queue could reach half-a-million (500,000 FOREIGN elders!) by 2020 with a wait time of 15 years before entering Canada. Sponsors were, not surprisingly, frustrated with the delays.
(ALL EURO-White nations are under siege from NON-white immigrants)
In stating this, however, it should also be noted that the government and the public in general are increasingly concerned about the cost of the program to taxpayers. Since the incomes and taxes paid by sponsored senior immigrants are very small, it has been estimated that, during the lifetime of these senior newcomers in Canada, taxpayers must support the health care and social transfer costs (OAS and GIS, etc.) of at least … $300,000 (each).
[ELN Editor’s Note: Sponsored Elderly Foreigners are very unlikely to contribute anything to our economy. But, just who are these elderly foreigners that benefit from our foolish altruism, and from what nations do these people hail from? Just one example is found in this video.
Also, note the the CBC preference in highlighting visible-minorities and women in their employment roster. Despite Canada’s high unemployment rate, it’s just another job that WHITE Canadian guys “refuse to do”, thanks to Canada’s racist employment-equity (affirmative action) laws.
White males were exclusively responsible in establishing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and who are about 40% of Canada’s population, yet White males are woefully unrepresented on the small screen of television news and programs. In fact, White males are relentlessly insulted, denigrated and diminished in status as seen in television commercials.
And White European males of any nationality have only invented, designed or produced just about everything of value that is within your reach, including a multitude of scientific and medical breakthroughs that enhance your everyday life. However, in today’s ANTI-white world, White Canadians are often relegated to 2nd-place holding patterns while 3rd world-born visible-minorities are artificially promoted and highlighted well beyond their capabilities.
CANADIANS, please read this: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/05/17/immigrants-cost-23b-a-year-fraser-institute-report/
[Read: Canada Open To Immigrant Abuse]
In consequence, just eliminating the backlog will come at a high price. With the admission of 25,000 immigrant parents and grandparents last year, (plus) an equal number this year, plus another 20,000 (old foreigners) next year, the bill amounts to an estimated $21 Billion ($21,000,000,000) – more than half of which comes in estimated costs for health care. If all those in the backlog are allowed in, the total cost could be twice as high.
…meanwhile White Canadians Becoming 2nd-Class Citizens]
To prevent such a backlog from developing in the future, the government will place an annual cap on new applications – which for 2014 will be set at 5,000 and which is expected to involve 9,000 individuals when accompanying dependents are included. While new requirements will be in place that are designed to do a better job of ensuring that sponsors will live up to their commitments to support their parents and grandparents, most of the health care benefits and social transfers will still be available to them, and within a few years the cost to taxpayers could, again … be in the tens of Billions of dollar$.
In the circumstances — given the continuing generosity of the system — we (CANADIANS) may well have to expect pressure to increase the numbers admitted … so more sponsored (FOREIGN) PARENTS and GRANDPARENTS can benefit. By the same token, taxpayers may object to the high cost, and demand that sponsors pay for all the costs of their elderly relatives. In the meantime, the government will shell out a very large slice of taxpayers’ money to assuage sponsors with parents and grandparents in the backlog. Not that opposition parties would be less generous.
Olivia Chow (Hong Kong-born Immigrant) of the NDP [UPDATE: Chow was a candidate to become Toronto’s mayor in 2014 -she lost!] has made it very clear that she is strongly in favour of such sponsorships, while Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has declared that if he becomes prime minister, he will reverse the changes the Conservative (political party) have made, and make it easier for such (FOREIGN) seniors to come to Canada.
(Population of China: 1,360,000,000 BILLION
Population of India: 1,238,000,000 BILLION
Population of Canada: 35,000,000 MILLION)
Canadians remain positively disposed toward immigrants in general. A recent Forum Research poll indicates they support the admission of an immigrant’s spouse and dependent children by a margin of almost six to one.
This welcoming attitude, however, does not extend to bringing in (foreign) parents and grandparents, where Canadians are opposed by a margin of two and a half to one – very likely because of the huge cost to taxpayers, and particularly the pressure on the health care system.
Although the government has made a major effort to bring some semblance of order to the system, the debate over how many sponsored senior immigrants should be allowed to come to Canada, and at whose expense, is clearly not over. >Immigration Reform
>Martin Collacott served as high commissioner to Sri Lanka, and ambassador to Syria, Lebanon and Cambodia. His recent study, Canadian Family Class Immigration: The Parent and Grandparent Program Under Review, was published by the Fraser Institute and is available at http://www.fraserinstitute.org — He lives in Vancouver.
(For added emphasis, all bolded, underlined, italicized words and photo/video insertions by ELN Editor)
- Canada’s Misplaced Altruism Cost Billion$ (elliotlakenews.wordpress.com)
- Bringing Parents to Canada (nmelliottblog.wordpress.com)
- Viking Immigrants in 1959 (blondegynocide.wordpress.com)