Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 3:56 PM
Subject: Re James Bisset's Op-Ed "Truth and Immigration"
James Bissett's OP-ED piece, "Truth and Immigration", is superb. Congratulations to him for writing it and to The Citizen for printing it.
Contrary to what some people think, immigration should not be some minor issue in this election or after. Since immigration levels were raised to about 250,000 per year in 1990 for shameless vote-getting reasons, not for anything that made any sense, immigration has had a profound and far-reaching effect on this country. In effect, Canada has taken close to 5 million people, most of whom it did not need.
And contrary to what most of those in our political parties tell Canadians, the effect has been far from positive. In fact. a great amount has been environmentally, culturally and economically negative, yet many politicians refuse to look at the numerous negatives and try to intimidate the rest of us into keeping silent. Instead of mouthing platitudes like "We are all immigrants", "Celebrate diversity" and the like, why have we not heard them tell us about the connection between immigration and the loss of farmland in souther Ontario; the cultural marginalization of many long-term Canadians by a flood of newcomers; the economic hiring preference given to so-called visible minorities over long-term Canadians.
We need more articles like Mr. Bissett's.
The immigration industry has had its way with Canada.
It's time for Canadians to take back control of the country.