Is Canada up to the immigration challenge?
Posted on September 26th, 2010

Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

September 26, 2010

The Editor (Letters)
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

Sir:

“Is Canada up to the immigration challenge?” you asked since hostility toward newcomers has caused a shift in Europe’s political landscape.

I pray that we won’t be heading in that direction although Canada seems to be walking on thin ice, and my prediction is that we might see such a change happening within the next two decades.

The infiltrating Tamil illegal boat people exacerbates this eventuality and the stifling conspiracy of silence by the politicians of all three major political parties to deal with such boat people is sowing seeds to reach that imminent stage of hostility much quicker.

With the aging baby-boomers fast getting out of the work force it only makes sense to invite new immigrants to the country to fill that vacuum, but let us be conscious that when a good percentage  of refugees are lying their way into the country are at a disproportionate number compared to the new legal immigrants, we sure are in trouble, as there is a pent-up resentment among Canadians, which will only be made aware of much sooner than later.  When 46 per cent of Canadians surveyed by Angus Reid Internet poll in the wake of the arrival of the MV Sun Sea with Sri Lankan Tamils thought that immigration has a negative impact on Canada, that spelt T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

Such negative thinking was there even in 1975, when a Chief of a Division of a Government Department expressed this at a staff meeting, “We cannot knock Asoka’s work but we cannot let a coloured guy tell us what to do”.    I was heading a Section of that particular Division, and that racist attitude says it all and it is only matter of time when we will see it  in the open in full force.

Asoka Weerasinghe  

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