Canada should be pro-immigration Don Cayo said.
Posted on September 28th, 2010

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

 
September 28, 2010
 
The Editor (Letters)
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
 
Sir:
 
Don Cayo should stop talking nonsense when he says “We should all be pro-immigration”.  He continues to say, “In my own city of Vancouver, if you were to take away visible minorities and those who speak with unCanadian accents, all our hospitals would be left with frightening small staff.  Ditto the food court where I buy my lunch, the store where I buy electronics, the barber shop I need to visit soon.”
 
Cayo, didn’t you realize that you may have been served in the foodcourt by an immigrant Ph.D, and the hospital bedpan was removed by a qualified medical doctor who has had 10 years experience of being a doctor in a developing country?
 
Here is a reality check for you Mr. Cayo, which has done in some unfortunate families where marriages have broken up due to shame and stress and they are unable to return to their countries where they left decent and respectable jobs, as their relatives and neighbours might laugh at them knowing that they were security guards, taxi drivers and floor sweepers in shopping malls in Canada.
 
I owned an art gallery in the early 2000s at the Gloucester Shopping Centre.  My framer was from El Salvador who had a Maths degree from the University of Mexico and had ended up washing toilets at the Ottawa Teachers College after he arrived.  The cobbler in front of my gallery was an Iranian with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering who one day told me pointing to the sky, “My Dad up there must be laughing at me having spent so much money to educate me to become an engineer and now mending shoes in Canada.”
 
Down the islespecially from the developing countries.  It is a double-whammy in away.  Canada not only depletes the intelligentsia from developing countries by syphoning the cream and the brightest of the countries educated  public and then destroy them intellectually by underutilizing them when they are brought over.

 

Asoka Weerasinghee was a hydro-geologist from Syria who was selling ladies nylon stockings and men’s T-shirts.  Further down the isle was a Chinese geologist who was the editor of the Chinese Geological Journal  was selling Chinese gifts and other exotic stuff in an island-kiosk.   Next to my gallery were two professors from the Ukraine University who were trying to make a go at selling clothes in a store and who didn’t last six months.  And in the Food Court the lady serving Chinese noodles was a senior  government environmental  scientist involved in water quality in China.

 
After reading my letter in the Ottawa Citizen, ‘Hire Minorities with Merit’ which appeared on July 17, 2000, several visible minorities tracked me down to share their experience.  One was a scientist from India with a Ph.D in fibre optics who ended up as a security guard, and so was a Bangladeshi Ph.D who was a senior research scientist in the Government Agriculture Department who ended up as a security guard and admitted that his family uses the Ottawa Food Bank once a month.
 
That is the reality check for you Mr. Cayo, where the qualified immigrants are underutilized and are miserable in Canada with unhappy home lives with increasing stresses and tensions within families and marriages falling apart.  This is an untold story within the new immigrant communities.  Think about it.
 
Canada certainly has a problem.  It is not a case of being pro-immigrant but also being pro-honest to the immigrants that we bring over, especially from the developing countries.  It is a double-whammy in away.  Canada not only depletes the intelligentsia from developing countries by syphoning the cream and the brightest of the countries educated  public and then destroy them intellectually by underutilizing them when they are brought over.
 
Asoka Weerasinghe

4 Responses to “Canada should be pro-immigration Don Cayo said.”

  1. Sarath W Says:

    It is always good to read Asoka Weerasinghe,s letters about bogus Tamil refugees etc. In Sydney Australia it was in news media for days about Tamil and other refugees on roof tops protesting at the rejection of their visa applications.The Tamil lobbyist were on TV saying how bad things are in Sri Lanka for the Tamils. But the unfortunate thing is there was not a hum from the so called diplomats from Sri Lanka.There is a high commissioner and a consulate in Sydney who are paid to do nothing to defend the good name of our country. The government is doing so much for the tamils, but our diplomats don’t seems to know about them.

  2. Raj Says:

    The only diplomat we hear about is Jaliya

  3. Raj Says:

    The job descriptions of Sri Lankan diplomats are well outdated. There are special skills a modern day diplomat must have. These include communication skills. We went to a gathering on invitation to an ambassadors (high commissioner’s) house. We had food and some drinks, but no one (except a few of course) came out without knowing who the high commissioner was. He was shy to come out and introduce himself. The people who are camera shy should not be sent out to the Western countries as diplomats. It is a different kind of diplomacy now. One must look for opportunities and create opportunities to be in the limelight.

  4. Sri Rohana Says:

    Asoka, a great eye opening article. What you are saying is 100% correct. Where the hell their human rights, equal status etc. All their theories and policies are with double standards. The Roman-Dutch law and Christian brotherhood law for whites, law of the jungle for immigrants. God save Canada, God save America, God save England, God save Australia, God save New Zealand. Amen! Amen! Amen!

    “Syphon the cream and the brightest of the countries educated public and then destroy them intellectually by underutilizing them when they are brought over”

    If they cannot give them a proper decent job according to their qualifications what the hell they want immigrants to come to Canada. I heard it is a similar situation in Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand too; they all underutilized and destroy the life of the immigration.

    In addition to destroy their life migrants have to face day-to-day racial insults by media, racial discrimination in society, work place harassment on ethnicity, mental stress, depression etc. All over the Europe and British Colonies such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand parliaments represented more anti immigrant, racist politicians.

    I noticed most these countries implement immigration policy targeting a huge financial benefit to them as settlement funds bring by migrants. A migrant family has to bring at least $ 20,000-50,000 for the basic needs and for the first year settlements. If an investor comes they have to bring at least $1 million of more. Most of the education institutes cover their income from migrant students. In some countries education exports income is a large portion of their GDP and second or third in export income.

    At the end of the day they are winners and developing countries are the losers again.

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