Canadian view of immigration sours
Nothing like a whole boatload of “refugees” to land to let the Canadians to catch a wake-up. This boat of 492 “refugees” sailed from Thailand, bypassing every safe port of call to land up in Canada – so that the Canadians, with their generous welfare handouts and crazy liberals, may look after them; feed them; clothe them; house them; and then pay them in welfare cheques for the honor of them choosing Canada as their next new home. A recent poll done among “refugees’ show that most return to their country of birth for frequent visits – even though they claim that they fear for their lives in their refugee applications. Duh! How dumb can these “refugee” tribunals be? Oh, right – they’re usually run by liberals and former “refugees” who know how to look after their own. The other issue is that many of these “refugees” turn out to be Tamil Tiger terrorists and are using the refugee vessel to escape and set up new terror cells in western countries. Australia similarly is a target of these groups and we get our fair share of terrorists trying their luck. Well, it will be interesting to see how Canada handles this hot potato – maybe listening to their citizens would be a start?
Canadian attitudes toward immigration are hardening as debate over the fate of a shipload of Tamils continues to make headlines, a new survey suggests.
An Angus Reid online poll says 46 per cent of Canadians believe immigration is having a negative effect on the country, a five-point increase from August, 2009. This compares to 34 per cent of the poll respondents who believe it is having a positive effect, a decrease of three points since last August.
Not only that, almost half – or 44 per cent – of the 1,007 polled believe illegal immigrants take jobs away from Canadian workers, compared to 38 per cent who think that they are employed in jobs Canadians don’t want.
The poll was conducted Sept. 2 and 3. For the past month there has been much publicity surrounding the arrival of the MV Sun Sea from Thailand. The fate of the 492 Tamil passengers remains unclear, The Globe and Mail reported Thursday that one man has been detained because of suspected links to the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization.
The Harper government has repeatedly suggested terrorists are among the passengers on board. A week after the ship arrived, Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to put a stop to such migrant vessels, saying he would not “hesitate to strengthen the laws if we need to.”
“Canadians are pretty concerned that a whole boat of people comes – not through any normal application process, not through any normal arrival channel – and just simply lands,” he said at the time.
Fifty per cent of poll respondents want to deport the passengers and crew of the Tamil ship back to Sri Lanka, even if their refugee claims are legitimate; 32 per cent of respondents say they should be allowed to stay in Canada as refugees.
A regional breakdown shows that a majority of Albertans (52 per cent) and Ontarians (55 per cent) want the passengers and crew deported. This compares to 43 per cent of Atlantic Canadians and 39 per cent of British Columbians; 50 per cent of Quebeckers believe the Tamils should be deported.