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GOATS SLAUGHTERED IN WASHROOM BY NIGERIAN ILLEGALS IN TORONTO HOTEL

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GOATS SLAUGHTERED IN WASHROOM BY NIGERIAN ILLEGALS IN TORONTO HOTEL

LEVY: ‘Irregular’ migrants continue to flock into Toronto

A group of women watch their children outside the Radisson hotel at Hwy 401 and Victoria Park Ave. in North York on Tuesday. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun) 

Ottawa, we have a problem..

It’s not just that Toronto’s shelters are full — with 2,600 or 39.2% of the spaces occupied by refugees, er asylum seekers, irregular migrants (whatever we’re calling them today.)

But according to city spokesman Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins Tuesday, some 18-20 are arriving in the city per day, mostly from Nigeria.

According to Hinds Fitzsimmins, the federal government procured two hotels in Peel and York to house the irregular (a.k.a. illegal) migrants who were placed in the Centennial and Humber college dorms earlier in the summer.

As reported by Canadian Press, the federal government has extended their hotel stay four weeks beyond the original deadline of Sept. 30 because they have yet to come up with a more long-term approach that would send the refugees to communities beyond Toronto.

There are also 1,719 irregular (illegal) migrants/refugees/asylum seekers in Toronto hotels, including  577 housed at the Radisson Toronto East hotel in 146 rooms (the hotel has 240 rooms in total).

The reputable Tripadvisor website has been inundated in the past few weeks with scathing reviews of the hotel, calling it a “zoo, filthy, noisy and dangerous” with the lobby full of loitering refugees and halls containing graffiti and garbage.

Every paying visitor on Trip Advisor has claimed they did not know and were not told that 61% of the hotel is being occupied by refugees.

On Tuesday, one visitor from Virginia —calling the three-star hotel a “disgrace” —claimed that animal services needed to be called on the second night he was there because “some goats were being slaughtered” in the public bathrooms.
The visitor said gunfire was also heard outside the hotel that same night.

(Believe me I can’t make this stuff up!)

Asked what the city has spent to date housing irregular migrants/refugees/asylum seekers, Hinds Fitzsimmins said the costs from November 2017 to the end of this year will likely be “in excess” of $64.5-million.

She said the city doesn’t know how much more at this time, although I would bet that number is being kept quiet until after the Oct. 22 election—especially considering Toronto council and the mayor helped exacerbate the problem by very publicly reaffirming (to all who would listen) in early 2017 that Toronto is a Sanctuary City.

Up to now the city has only received $11-million from the feds to help defray the costs.

SLevy@postmedia.com

Immigration and the Housing Affordability Crisis in Sydney and Melbourn

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Immigration and the Housing Affordability Crisis in Sydney and Melbourne
By Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy,
The Australian Population Institute
Monash University, Melbourne
Executive Summary :
The housing affordability crisis in Sydney and Melbourne is close to the worst in the developed world. Only Vancouver and Hong Kong were as bad or worse on this metric.
The result is an inter-generational divide in which the younger generation have diminishing prospects of attaining the housing their parents’ generation enjoy. Property owners are feasting on extraordinary capital gains at the expense of young people who, in Sydney and Melbourne, will never experience any similar benefits because they cannot get onto even the lowest rung of the property ladder.
Why is the crisis so severe?
The answer is no secret.
First, successive Australian governments have kept in place significant tax incentives for owner-occupiers to upgrade and investors to purchase existing residential property.
Second, the Coalition government has maintained very high migration levels, with around two-thirds of the net intake currently locating in Sydney and Melbourne. Migrants are the main contributors to the growth in both cities’ populations of over 100,000 each year.
The consequences are disturbing. Most young households in Sydney and Melbourne cannot afford to buy a house in established suburban areas. The proportion renting is rising sharply. In Sydney, as home-ownership rates fell, the share of households headed by 30-34 year olds who were renting jumped from 48 per cent in 2011 to 53 per cent in 2016 (Table 1). In Melbourne the increase in this share over the same years was from 43 per cent to 48 per cent.
Many young households have been prompted to move to cheaper housing on the remote frontiers of both cities. There, they have to pay high prices for houses on tiny lots (averaging 400 square metres or less).
Both state governments are encouraging this outward movement by providing financial subsidies in the form of cash payments and stamp duty concessions to first home buyers. These incentives are also available to all migrants holding permanent visas, regardless of the migrant’s property ownership record prior to arriving in Australia.
What to do?
In Sydney, the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) is setting the pace. It is requiring all municipal councils to prepare plans for additional medium-density dwellings.
Meanwhile the NSW State government has implemented a new medium-density planning code which will allow developers to put more than two dwellings on each detached housing site that they can procure.
This initiative has received the backing of the Grattan Institute and the Reserve Bank. Both want to see it implemented in Melbourne as well. They recommend that zoning constraints on medium density housing in Sydney and Melbourne be reduced in order to stimulate increased medium density dwelling construction.
The population factor
None of these advocates indicates how large the population factor is in the demand side of the equation. Nor do they explore whether their proposals can work given the scale of demand for dwellings in both cities. They have nothing to say about the immigration component of this demand.
The population factor is a black box. We open this box.
In Sydney, the GSC estimates that an additional 35,000 dwellings are needed each year to cope with projected population growth. In Melbourne the planning authorities are assuming a similar number of dwellings is required. The Australian Population Research Institute’s (TAPRI) projections are a little less for Sydney (around 31,000 extra dwellings needed each year) but the same as those of the planning authorities for Melbourne. TAPRI’s projections also indicate that around 19,000 to 20,000 of this need in both cities will be attributable to net overseas migration. As a result, around 64 per cent of Sydney’s need for addition dwellings each year is due to additional overseas migrants and around 54 per cent of Melbourne’s.
Our projections also reveal that, in each city, around 15,000 more dwellings each year will be occupied by the increasing numbers of older resident households. This is because of the ageing factor as the large baby boomer generation replaces the much smaller cohort born before 1950. By 2016 (Table 5) households with a household head aged 50 or older occupied 56 per cent of the detached housing stock in Sydney and 53 per cent in Melbourne. This share will increase.
It is a major contributor – rarely acknowledged – to the housing affordability crisis in Sydney and Melbourne. It in effect amplifies the demand side of the problem. This is because not only must both cities provide an additional 19,000-20,000 dwellings to meet the needs of the growing migrant population, they must do so in a context where the number of existing detached houses available is shrinking because of the ageing factor.
Will the zoning initiative work?
We do not think it will. It has already failed twice. On the first occasion, in both cities, large tracts of land in the inner city and around activity centres were rezoned for high-rise apartment blocks. Huge numbers have been constructed, yet prices for detached housing continue to rise in both cities. The reason is that most new households (including migrants) want family friendly housing. Apartments are unsuitable. Our analysis of occupants of high-rise apartments (Table 6) shows that barely four per cent of these apartments in inner Sydney and Melbourne are occupied by couples or singles with children.
The second failure concerned zoning changes introduced by the 1990s in both cities. These allowed two dwellings to be built, as of right, on most suburban housing sites. Our analysis shows that despite this zoning initiative, relatively few such dwellings have been constructed.
Why? The answer is site costs – that is the escalating price of detached houses in both cities. Developers cannot put two dwellings on most inner and middle suburban house sites for less than $1 million per dwelling.
The proposals to abolish remaining zoning constraints represent the last throw of dice for supply-side advocates. We argue that they will only have a limited impact, for much the same reason that the first zoning initiative has largely failed. The new initiative will add further pressure to site costs because developers will now have to pay even higher prices for detached houses. This is because of the extra value of the site now that more than two dwellings can be constructed on it.
To the extent that the initiative does work, it will do so by providing even less dwelling and protected external space than dual occupancy units provide. In the process, it will detract even further from the suburban ambience that most detached home owners value.
There are doubts that the state governments will be able to enforce the latest zoning initiatives once existing home owners become aware of the implications. The recent backlash in Sydney supports this expectation.
There is no easy solution to Sydney and Melbourne’s housing affordability crisis. Some relaxation of zoning restraints may help. But only if there is parallel action to remove the tax incentives referred to earlier and to reduce the competition for housing flowing from net overseas migration to both cities.

Paul Fromm in Vancouver — Immigration: The Times & Tide Are Changing

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 Paul Fromm in Vancouver —  Immigration: The Times & Tide Are Changing

Paul Fromm

Director of the Canada First Immigration Reform Committee

Immigration: The Times Are Changing

* The polls are with us

* Push back against the invasion of illegals

* Trudeau tells a French Canadian woman she has “no place in Canada”

* The Immigration lobby goes crazy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k50yLbPyllo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_Itha4qmI8

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Hamilton Mayoral candidate discusses immigration issues in Canada.

STUDY: Increased Ethnic Diversity Making Brits Miserable

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STUDY: Increased Ethnic Diversity Making Brits Miserable

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A study has found that an increase in “diversity” makes existing residents of a area feel unhappier and more socially isolated, while those leaving for more homogenous areas populated by their own ethic group often get happier.

Among the reasons for residents feeling insecure as their area diversifies, is that people tend to spend time with those they perceive as like them, and feel less secure when experiencing rapid change, the authors explained.

Already around a fifth of people in the UK are non-white or non-British. This is expected to rise to a quarter by 2025, a third by 2040, and could reach up to 38 per cent by 2050.

The large-scale sociological study, undertaken by the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester, drew on 18 years of data of more than 10,000 people.

“With immigration at historically high levels across many European countries, research suggesting ethnic diversity negatively impacts social cohesion has engendered alarm”, begins the paper.

However, the report found little to dispel such concerns, as it purported to “demonstrate a negative association between community ethnic diversity and indicators of social cohesion (especially attitudes towards neighbours and the community), suggesting diversity causes a decline in social cohesion.”

The only group which appeared to be unaffected by diversity was those who willingly chose to move into such areas.

Sociologist Dr. James Laurence, who co-authored the study, said: “There has long been an ‘assumption’ increasing ethnic diversity in an area undermines residents’ social cohesion.

“On one hand oucafer study supports this, for example where people report feeling happier when they move out of diverse areas and into neighbourhoods where they are surrounded by more people like them.

“However we find there are people happily moving into diverse areas who are unaffected by the presence of different ethnicities and social groups.

“Also diversity actually has a relatively weaker effect on people who stay in a community in which diversity is increasing around them.’

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he added: “Increasing diversity may reduce cohesion as people simply see their neighbours as being more different to them; that they may have different values, different interests and different norms, which can hold up contact.”

Haiti: “World’s Oldest Independent Black Republic” – Collapses into Chaos Once Again

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Haiti – the Western Hemisphere’s oldest independent black republic – has collapsed into Third World chaos once again as its African population pillaged, burned and vandalized shops in the  capital city in ingoing violence despite the government backing down from attempts to raise the fuel price – allegedly the cause of the latest outbreak of unrest.

(The New Observer)

African rioters blocked streets using felled trees and large rocks as well as piles of tires set on fire all over Haiti on Sunday while many damaged or looted stores stayed closed for a third day.

The charred remains of cars could be seen in several spots around the sprawling capital city of Port-au-Prince, including in front of the Best Western and Oasis hotels, in the capital’s southern hilltop suburb of Petion-Ville, as well as near the offices of telecommunications company Natcom.

The U.S. embassy warned its citizens to avoid the unrest in the capital Port-au-Prince and reschedule travel plans as several airlines canceled flights.

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At the Toussaint Louverture international airport—named after the African who led the rebellion which created Haiti and who later declared himself “Governor for life”—dozens of stranded white and foreign travelers camped out waiting for flights to resume.

Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant announced the temporary suspension of double-digit government hikes to prices for gasoline, diesel and kerosene on Saturday afternoon – just a day after they were announced – but the unrest continued.

Across the capital, few cars and motorcycles were moving on the rubble-strewn streets on Sunday, while broken windows and damaged buildings were a common sight.

At a shopping center in Petion-Ville, police tried to secure shops, with broken glass and merchandise scattered on the floor.

Both the Canadian and Mexican embassies in Haiti announced that they would be closed on Monday.

The decision to raise fuel prices was part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, which requires the impoverished country to enact measures to boost government revenue and services and strengthen the country’s economy.

“Due to continuing demonstrations, roadblocks, and violence across Port-au-Prince, as well as short staffing at the airports, embassy personnel have been instructed to re-book any flights originally scheduled for Sunday,” the U.S. embassy said in a statement.

“Telecommunications services, including Internet and phone lines, have been affected throughout Haiti,” the embassy added. “It may be difficult to reach people through normal communication methods.”

A spokesman for U.S. carrier American Airlines Group Inc said it had canceled three out of seven round trip flights scheduled to stop in Port-au-Prince on Sunday.

JetBlue Airways Corp also canceled its flights to Haiti on Sunday.

Foreign journalists saw Africans stripping shelves bare in some supermarkets that were charred from the protests. Several bodies lay among debris scattered in the streets.

At least three blacks were killed in protests Friday, and police said the bodies of four people were found Sunday in the streets of the Delmas district, though they didn’t say if that was related to the protests.

On Friday, the bodyguard of a politician was killed in an altercation with demonstrators in Port-au-Prince as he attempted to force a passage through a roadblock, with his body then burned in the road.

Burning tires continued to block major routes in the capital, while sporadic gunfire could be heard in several of its districts. Fearful of moving across the city, many decided to spend the night at their offices or businesses.

Conscious of how unpopular the announcement about the proposed price increase was, ministers held a press conference about the price increase during the World Cup soccer quarter-final match of Brazil, the side most Haitians fervently support.

Even then, only at the end of the match, in which Brazil was eliminated at the hands of Belgium, did the Africans in Port-au-Prince start rioting and looting.

Haiti received more than US$4 billion in aid from 1990 to 2003, including US$1.5 billion from the United States. Nonetheless, Haiti is one of the world’s poorest countries and the poorest in the Americas region, and dominated by poverty, corruption, poor infrastructure, lack of health care and lack of education—living proof that race, not environment, determines civilizational levels.

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Paul Fromm on Immigration Problems in Canada

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Paul Fromm on Immigration Problems in Canada
 
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THE REBEL Exposes Bureaucratic Coverup of the $50,000 Given to “Migrant” Families

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THE REBEL Exposes Bureaucratic Coverup of the $50,000 Given to “Migrant” Families

Former Canadian diplomat Ian Macdonald, a well-connected Ottawa critic of uncontrolled immigration for decades, adds: ”

The 50K figure is bad enough but only half the story since medical treatments can run to the hundreds of thousands per individual and in some cases would displace a potential Canadian in urgent need.(in the case of scarce organs for example).  About 20 years ago the cost of  medical care for 22,000 illegals was $33,000,000. To this add special-needs and counselling, transportation etc and it soon gets unaffordable.”

Dear Dan,
Do you know how much of your tax money Justin Trudeau gives to each migrant family that comes to Canada?
It’s $50,000 a year — not including healthcare, dental, and other benefits.
$50,000.
That number is shocking. But even more shocking is why that number isn’t public knowledge.
You see, Trudeau’s “non-partisan” bureaucrats have been instructed to keep that information a secret from Canadians.
Through access to information requests, The Rebel has exclusively obtained a memo showing bureaucrats actively covering up for Justin Trudeau.
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These bureaucrats plotted — in writing — how to evade a media inquiry about the yearly cash support that Canada provides Trudeau’s Syrians. Here’s what they wrote:
Thanks Nancy, we have a table approved in past responses with breakdowns. Can we try to dig that up and include it here? I think the reporter is looking for numbers. We know that 50k is the new start-up cost but we haven’t used that yet. If we do can we get MINO approval? Earlier this week we opted to go with the individual cost response for the Canadian Federation of Taxpayers , but in this instance the reporter is talking about families so it may be okay to use”
Trudeau’s staff tried to hide that, by using data for individual refugees rather than for families. Shady stuff, considering that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada changed the definition of “family” to include young able-bodied men travelling together who self-identified as brothers.
The bureaucrats go on to say in the email chain that detailed info about yearly costs was only going to be given if they were pressed on it. Their default was to hide the truth from Canadians.
“let’s not mention the 50k as you say, but let’s add these details only.”
You can see the memo by clicking here.
That’s just sick.
When Trudeau is dealing with our military veterans, his Liberals are suddenly fiscal tightwads, making them share sleeping bags and backpacks and refusing to procure the jets they need. But the government chequebook swings wide open to support migrants who admitted to government workers that they were better off in Jordan, people who weren’t in immediate danger, and aren’t really refugees at all.
I hate this double standard. I want to see Trudeau treat our veterans and soldiers better than he treats economic migrants.
So, I’ve started a petition to the minister of defence, Harjit Sajjan, and to the immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen. I want them to know that thousands of Canadians are sick and tired of our veterans and Canadian forces being neglected.
You can go to 50000.ca to sign the petition and see the shocking memo.
Justin Trudeau needs to treat our soldiers better. Quit fighting them in court, and treat them like the heroes they are.
And take care of them as well as he takes care of foreigners who illegally cross the border from upstate New York.
Yours truly,
Sheila Gunn Reid
P.S. Did you know that migrant “families” get $50,000 annually in cash? I didn’t know that number because bureaucrats are actively trying to hide that information from Canadians. Please help expose the Trudeau Liberals and forward this email to your friends and family. Then post www.50000.ca on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hate Crime Investigated in Quebec

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Hate Crime Investigated in Quebec
For your information, Immigration Watch Canada is sending you its latest bulletin: “​​​​​ CBC reports hate crime in Quebec””
Respectfully,
Dan Murray
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According to eye witnesses, a lion at the Granby zoo in Quebec suddenly grabbed the collar of a young girl’s jacket as she was leaning into the lion’s cage. As the lion tried to pull her inside, her screaming parents called for help. To their everlasting relief, a motorcyclist nearby came to the rescue.
The biker jumped off his Harley, ran to the cage, and hit the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumped back, letting go of the girl. The biker grabbed the girl and brought her to her terrified parents, who thanked him endlessly. A CBC reporter watched the whole traumatic event : A horrifying spectacle that, thanks to the intervention of a brave hero, came to a wonderful end.
The reporter rushed toward the biker to extend her congratulations. “Sir, that was the most gallant and brave thing I’ve seen a man do in my whole life.”
The Harley rider replied, ‘It was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and reacted without pausing to think about my safety.
The reporter replied, ‘Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, you know, and our online paper, cbcnews.ca will make it a front page story. You have my guarantee of that. So, to provide the readership with some background information, I would like to ask you a few questions.”
“Go ahead”, the biker replied.
“What do you do for a living, and what does it say on the back of your leather jacket? What are your political affiliations?”
Without hesitation or shame, the biker immediately replied. “I am a patriot and a nationalist. I’m backing Maxime Bernier and I am a member of La Muete, a grass-roots group of patriots dedicated to fighting globalism, recovering Canadian sovereignty and control of our borders. La Muete’s emblem is on the back of my jacket, as you can see.”
The following morning the biker logged into the Internet in search of cbcnews.ca.
Sure enough, the story about his heroic deed was on the front page. It’s title was
 “WHITE SUPREMICIST ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH….. POLICE HATE CRIME DIVISION INVESTIGATING INCIDENT.
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Note: The foregoing is a joke, but the real joke is the CBC, and it comes at taxpayer’s expense—over a billion dollars a year in fact. That’s quite a price to pay for shameless propaganda and continuous lies of omission. Not only does the CBC slant stories, they often don’t even cover them. Significant stories and facts that matter are simply left out. And the frequent presentation of revisionist history in the form of short documentaries is designed to induce white guilt, all to serve one goal : To discredit the contribution of Canadians of European origin to nation building and thus deprive their descendants of any moral authority to restrict immigration to a country their ancestor’s allegedly stole. We can make light of their treachery, but it cannot and must not detract from the damage that this state-owned mouthpiece for the immigration lobby has inflicted upon Canadians. By misrepresenting our past and lying about the present, the CBC is sabotaging our future.

ITALY’S OWN DONALD TRUMP. Gotta love this guy!

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 ITALY’S OWN DONALD TRUMP. Gotta love this guy!

It would be great if every country had one,
I wonder if anyone there got angry about this
like the Libtards here would have.

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In this video, Interior Minister in charge of immigration, Matteo Salvini, shocks Muslims by telling them that…

http://barenakedislam.com/2018/09/02/italys-own-donald-trump-gotta-love-this-guy/

The Night My Mother Lost Her Faith — in Socialized Medicine for Immigrants

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The Night My Mother Lost Her Faith — in Socialized Medicine for Immigrants

Early Morning in Toronto Hospital Immigrants start lining up to collect Socialized Medicine

Aged hospitals, atrocious wait times, fewer cutting edge treatments, fewer new drugs, a shortage of doctors, a paucity of acute care hospital beds, unfunded liabilities that constitute 46% of the national economy, a middling performance about among countries with universal medical access—yes, the truth is out about Canada’s acclaimed health care system.

You know, the one that American progressives love so much from afar. The one that Canadians ardently loved too—until the 1990s. Then two things happened.

One was a dramatic shift in immigration policy taken by the then Brian Mulroney government at the end of the 1991, when it was announced that annual immigration intakes would virtually double. The second thing to happen was that wait times for necessary surgical procedures grew longer. And longer—until today, the median wait time today of over 21 weeks is twice as long as it was then.

Coincidence? It would stretch credulity to the extreme to deny a connection. The greater the number of patients, the greater demand that is placed on the system, and immigration-driven population growth has added more than 7 million medical consumers to the queue since the departure of “Lyin’ Brian”.

Last year, Canadian taxpayers spent roughly $250 billion on health care, an expenditure equivalent to ll.5% of Canada’s GDP. That works out to over $6,600 per person. Now, one would think that that would be enough to provide us with the comprehensive care we crave. But it’s not. Ours is not an integrated system. Unlike the British National Health Service for example, physiotherapy, dental care and vision care are not covered. Neither are ambulance rides, plus a host of other out-of-pocket expenditures, including, for most of us, the crippling cost of drugs. If the Trudeau government delivers on the promise of a national pharmacare program, you can add another thousand bucks to the $6,600. A figure that’s been growing 4% a year of late.

That $6,600, however, is just an average. What of elderly parents sponsored by adult children under the rubric of “family reunification”? What of the unskilled migrants from “non-traditional” sources who don’t earn enough income to offset the cost of the social services provided to them? Migrants who impose a net fiscal burden of approximately $35 billion a year on Canadian taxpayers? And what about the many tens of thousands of refugee claimants whose settlement costs anywhere from $12,000 to $20,000 a pop? It would be reasonable to assume migrants from Less Developed Countries come with a backlog of unattended medical problems.

Already the big ticket item in every Provincial budget—accounting almost half of all program expenditures—health care spending in this country is on an unsustainable trajectory. The reasons are many. Rising drug costs, the price of new medical technology, over-centralization, the lack of community health clinics, a failure to shift toward preventive and holistic medicine, a failure to implement economies, the under-funding of home care and the refusal of many Canadians to take responsibility for their own health—all factor into the conversation. But the elephant in the hospital room, immigration policy, is a no go zone.

This is not just an issue of financial impositions. There is a human cost as well. The cost born by Canadians who must endure acute pain while waiting in a long line up to get a CT scan or see a specialist, only to join another long line up to have the actual operation. If you want to gauge their suffering think not in terms of faceless millions, but of individuals you may know who suffer in silence or turn to pain killers to get them through the night, and the many months ahead. When I do that, I think of my late mother and the hardship she endured in her final years. I think of the evening when, at age 86, had a medical event in a Vancouver suburb.

Hallway medicine is a reality in many Canadian hospitals


Mom was rushed to hospital only to have to spend the night lying in a gurney in the hallway. All beds were taken. According to protocol, the paramedics who carried her in from the ambulance had to stand around until she was admitted to the emergency ward. They had a long evening. So did I. When morning broke we all knew each other’s life stories.

There was a lot of talking done that night, and at least half of it was in languages other than English. The signs posted near the waiting room and receptions were multilingual. English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and another from the Indian subcontinent. Our other official language—French—was not on the menu. Quite telling that. At times the scene was chaotic because staff were running around trying to make themselves understood.

That’s a common problem in Lower Mainland hospitals. Hallway medicine, stressed out nurses, and very long surgery waits—that’s the reality of our much vaunted health care system, a system that was not designed to cope with the crushing demands now made upon it, never mind the demands which the immigration and refugee lobby would further add. It is confounding that many of the people who grumble about having to wait 6 months to see a specialist or 8 months to get a hip replacement are the same people who favour open borders policies. They don’t connect the dots.

Thankfully, my mother survived the night, but her lifelong socialist convictions did not.

My parents were among the founding members of Canada’s democratic socialist party in 1933, the CCF, re-branded as the NDP in 1961. They fought for the establishment of a welfare state—a 40 hour week, unemployment insurance, government auto insurance…and of course socialized medicine. When the NDP finally formed the government in British Columbia in 1972, they were elated, like most working class people of their generation. Having met the brutal challenges of the Depression and the War, it seemed then that their sacrifices would be rewarded with a worry free future. They would never have to worry about getting the kind of care they would require in their golden years.

But like the loyal working class supporters of labour and social democratic parties in Britain, Europe and Australia, they were betrayed by the politicians who claimed to be their advocates. They worked hard and paid their taxes, only to see people who had never put a nickel into the system bumped to the head of the queue. It was sad to see their bodies fail, but it was heartbreaking to witness their disillusionment. Their God had failed them.

Mom and Dad never left the NDP. The NDP left them.

Nobel Peace Prize winning economist Milton Friedman once said that you can have mass immigration or you can have the welfare state. But you can’t have both. The NDP chose mass immigration.