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  1. I have posted multiple cites over the years from demographics experts, statisticians and economists saying that immigration is not going to have significant impact on an aging population or a declining birthrate. Further, growing an economy by adding people does nothing useful for the people already there. It doesn't make their lives better or richer. The government makes it almost impossible to get statistics on temporary foreign workers but as far as I've been able to determine the vast, vast majority have absolutely nothing to do with agriculture. They work in restaurants and bars, as well as technology companies, doing their part to keep wages low (Canadian wages have stagnated for decades). I'm okay with foreign agriculture workers because that sort of job isn't something you can entice people to do even with higher wages. But almost every other job is simply a matter of employees not wanting to pay higher wages. And they need housing, hundreds of thousands of cheap apartments. Which we're not building because government fees, regulations and delays make it unprofitable to do so. Yes, they actually are. https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-canada-has-abandoned-middle-class-says-b-c-s-former-top-civil-servant https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-immigration-may-lift-economy-but-not-peoples-wages-plus-other-economists-lessons https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/douglas-todd-alas-immigration-wont-replace-canadas-aging-workforce https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/bissett-immigration-policy-is-out-of-control-and-needs-an-overhaul
  2. Wages have been stagnant for about 40 years, which not coincidentally is about when they started to jack up the amount of immigration. Wages are controlled by supply and demand, except where you have government unions. With a continuing stream of desperate people coming in eager to work for low wages, employers have no reason to ever raise them. And I include not just immigrants but the temporary foreign workers as well as the 600,000 foreign students are in Canada were allowed to work part time. As for housing, well you got that 600,000 foreign students looking for cheap housing plus half a million or so of various types of temporary foreign workers also looking for super cheap housing. Then you've got 400,000 new immigrants a year, +tens of thousands of refugee claimants almost none of whom will ever be deported regardless of whether or not their claims are ever heard or ever turned down. That means we need to be building a lot of new housing and were not. Why aren't we? In large part because the provincial and municipal governments have placed an enormous amount of red tape in front of developers while adding heavy fees, taxes and delays for various types of studies and hearings before they get permission. I read somewhere that the developer buys a parcel of land to build housing on has to wait something between five and 10 years before getting permission. A study by the CD Howe Institute a couple of years ago found that government fees, regulations, and delays add something like an average of $230,000 to the cost of each new housing unit. On top of that, the various laws and regulations and rent controls which impact the profitability of landlord's means not as many are bothering to get into the business. So if you want to do something about the shortage of housing while at the same time raising wages... Cut back on temporary foreign workers, students and immigration.
  3. And were your grandparents illiterate rural third world farmers unfamiliar with the roman alphabet?
  4. Refugees who were all perfectly safe in Turkey, and who Canadians did not want. More than 70 per cent of Canadians don’t support the federal government taking in more than 25,000 Syrian refugees, according to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute. Two in five respondents think Canada should stop taking in Syrian refugees immediately. https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/majority-of-canadians-dont-want-to-take-in-more-than-25000-syrian-refugees-new-poll
  5. It isn't just anti-vaxxers. A lot of conservatives believe in vaccines but feel that people shouldn't be forced by government to take them. It's about government overreach to them.
  6. If the European migrant crisis demonstrated anything it was that the great majority were NOT fleeing persecution and terrorism but simply pursuing a better, richer life.
  7. I'm confused. What are these 'fringe right wingers' policies on which you feel the Conservatives are bound? I realize the Trudeau government policy was to make it seem as if O'Toole was anti-vax, despite the fact his policy was 100% identical to that of the Liberals up until the election. But you surely realize the Liberals only changed their policy in order to try and cause trouble for the Conservatives, right? If there hadn't been an election their policy would have stayed the same. Trudeau said making vaccines mandatory would be too divisive. So would you still say the Liberals were bound by 'fringe right wingers'? For years I've been hearing hard core Liberal supporters complain that the Tories are too far right. Oh if only the progressive conservatives would return, they lament. Well, the last two elections the so-called Conservative party had pretty much zero conservative policies. And yet, the lament has not changed an iota. Oh, if only the conservatives weren't so fringe right, so far, far out there on the far fringes of society, practically Nazis who worship Hitler, for sure I'd vote for them! No, you wouldn't.
  8. Muslim terrorist murders British MP. 

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58935372

    1. OftenWrong

      OftenWrong

      In a church, even. 

    2. Shady

      Shady

      They’re too worried about white supremacy to care.

  9. DONALD TRUMP, UNPROMPTED, TELLS GOP DONORS HE DOESN’T LIKE HAVING WOMEN PEE ON HIM

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    2. OftenWrong

      OftenWrong

      Check your caps lock. Musta got stuck on there cause it makes it look like you’re very excited about this.

    3. Shady
    4. OftenWrong

      OftenWrong

      Yep Orange man bad.

      Really bad hair, too... 

      ;) 

  10. The CBC of all groups shows just how utterly stupid, brainless and trusting the Trudeau government was in its vaccine deal with China. That deal delayed us having homegrown production for years, and it wasn't until fall that they finally realized they had been screwed. The federal government's failed collaboration with a vaccine manufacturing company in China early in the pandemic has led to a delay of nearly two years in efforts to create a made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine. Government documents obtained by The Fifth Estate show that Canadian officials wasted months waiting for a proposed vaccine to arrive from China for further testing and spent millions upgrading a production facility that never made a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/cansino-deal-canada-nrc-fifth-estate-1.6208241
  11. Why we embrace Capitalism.
  12. On the coast. I don't care where as long as tankers can load there.
  13. Who said that? I pointed out the economic FACT that doubling the workforce lowers the value of labour. I said nothing about what should or should not have happened. You simply read things into other people's words born out of your own ideological fervour. Maybe because their educational choices sucked? Or maybe because of such high immigration! Do you know that two thirds of Canadian software engineering grads leave the country because of low ages here - low wages caused by the floods of immigrants and temporary workers the government brings in. There are taxation rules which could be implemented around such things but the government has never tried. It's a lot of them. You yourself brought up the topic of immigrants in fast food places. why are they there? Why would we bring in immigrants to do shit jobs? Because Canadians won't do them because the wages are low because companies don't have to pay more because YOU and people like you insist on flooding the country with immigrants! Don't blame the corporations for low wages. You're the one at fault. You and others who support mass immigration. When I was younger I was a security guard. We signed up with a union to improve wages. You know what the company did? It locked us all out and brought in a bunch of immigrants to do the work. Your immigration views are enthusiastically shared by the big corporations which want to pay low ages. Grats on having such great morality. Name? Was it by any chance the immigration lawyer whose job and profits depend on high immigration? Or was it merely someone who agreed with you and thus instantly became a 'poster who knows more'. I've been tired of you since you arrived. Eager to see you and your whiny ignorance depart.
  14. They were getting more under CERB than they were making on their jobs.
  15. They people who scream at low level workers because of this need to be arrested, dragged out to rural farms and made to pick apples or something for a few weeks or months until they learn there are more important things than their bullshit conspiracy theories.
  16. A proper conservative would have had multiple pipelines built to the coast by now. Not to mention LNG terminals. Australia has multiple LNG terminals. They're sure enjoying the huge increase in international natural gas prices! Making a fortune! Meanwhile, Canada can't even get one built.
  17. Nope. When people are reasonable and polite so am I. You are rarely either. Is it? Or are they failing? Capitalism always has winners and losers. Just because you get an education it doesn't mean it's the right education. Choices you make freely impact how successful you will be in life. Of course. The rarer your skillset the more income you can command. That's how Capitalism works. The way it works is most of the people in those jobs are young. I had the same crap jobs when I was young. You're supposed to learn from them and progress upward. As you do, more younger people move in behind to take those jobs you left behind. And I couldn't care less if there are fewer fast food places. I'm okay with the government taking my money for necessary expenditures. Not enthusiastic, but okay. What i resent is the government taking my money and wasting it, which it does all too much of. And that includes inserting too much socialism into the system because the losers in the game of Capitalism don't have as nice a house as I do. Not many of them started out poor, were poor for decades, and now send off 25k to the government every quarter. And I don't resent social programs when used to keep people from starving or freezing. I don't resent health care - only its incompetence. I resent the idea people deserve my money because they don't have a nice house and good cable and nice clothes and a cell phone otherwise. Yeah, yeah, of course you do. The problem with that is the higher the taxes are on corporations and businesses the less profits they make the fewer people they hire. Your way only leads to higher unemployment and more misery, not less. People need to help themselves, not get handouts. Right. They can improve their skills and find better jobs. So they can hire more public servants, and meanwhile business is driven away, foreign investment dries up because there are more profitable countries to invest in, and unemployment rises. Nice job! Nice try. I'm just as much opposed to corporate welfare, except in certain, limited cases due to foreign subsidies. though even there I'd rather see tariffs on imports. Your typical leftist disdain for business and their profits results in more poverty, not less. I don't denigrate immigrants. I denigrate those who bring them here when they don't have the necessary skills to support themselves. Why would I support bringing in people who will never have good enough jobs to pay taxes? They'll just add to the leaches whose health care I have to pay for. We have too many of those already. And by the way, if we weren't bringing in all those immigrants to take low paying jobs guess what would happen? They'd have to raise wages! This is the insanity of the Left. Fighting desperately to achieve the results they say they're fighting against. You claim you're opposed to poverty level wages but zealously support polices which keep those wages low!
  18. Not surprising given who appointed him. Trudeau and his party are very big fans of China.
  19. Don't ascribe your emotionalism to me. I'm merely stating a logical and economic fact. Capitalism works on the incentives people have to improve themselves by gaining more skills and looking for better jobs. It was certainly motive for me to not settle for the crap jobs I had when I was young and to keep plugging away, keep trying to improve myself, keep looking for better paying jobs. I love how you're so 'compassionate' with other people's money. The Left always does this. It pretends its own views are the moral ones and the ones made by the right are cruel and immoral. Bullshit. You want to give people enough money so they 'settle' for that, robbing them of the motivation to improve themselves, robbing society of a labour force which is continually improving itself and increasing its production, putting a heavy burden on wage earners and companies. Lower wage jobs might not pay enough for a good living but you're not going to starve on them unless you're a moron or have too many expensive vices. Take the bus and share an apartment like I did. I'm merely stating an economic fact, you old crone. Though I understand how facts outage the Left.
  20. The greediest whores in any country are its politicians. Wonder how much she was paid.
  21. Primed to believe the world owes you a living. Primed to believe other people should be forced to give their money to you so you can have more. I'm not in favour of allowing people to freeze or starve to death in the dark. But I don't owe you a good living. If you don't have any skills, education, drive or initiative you SHOULD be barely getting by. As for exporting our manufacturing base, I'm not a historian but I don't recall life before we started doing that was so much greater or that there was a generally higher standard of living. The biggest influence on wages over the past fifty years has been women essentially doubling the workforce without any real rise in demand for goods and services.
  22. Dude, that's dumb. Just because some of them, esp more recent immigrants from the mainland are stooges for China doesn't mean they all are.
  23. Doesn't mean you pay anything. Lots of people earn low wages and get everything that's taken off their cheque back at tax time. Others pay a little but get far more back, esp those getting untaxable child benefit cheques.
  24. So now we have a group calling itself the Chinese-Canadian Conservative Association calling on the party to change its views on China, who they clearly regard as a fine, upstanding world citizen to be admired not criticized. I had fairly soft thoughts on the loyalty of a lot of Chinese Canadians even prior to the newest bullying of Canada Choina has engaged in. But their actions obeying China in who to vote for, and the number of Chinese-so-called-Canadians coming out in support of China are rapidly hardening my views into saying outright that we should accept no further immigrants from China and should be investigating a lot of these public spokespeople to see just how close their contacts are with the Chinese Communist Party. At a surprising news conference for local press recently, spokesman Joe Li — a regional councillor north of Toronto and three-time former Tory candidate — said the two Michaels were detained after “Canada started the war,” that China had a right to fly its planes into Taiwan’s air-defence zone and Canada should not publicly criticize Beijing’s human-rights abuses. https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/chinese-canadian-tories-urge-otoole-to-resign-saying-tough-on-china-platform-alienated-voters
  25. I doubt that. It sounds like you're among the 40% or more of Canadians who is a net drain on the treasury - who wind up paying no income tax.
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