By Letter to the Editor on January 12, 2019.
The Francis Beckow letter to the editor, “Canadians can be proud of efforts to improve life for others” (Herald, Jan. 5) spoke to the “worlds worse off” and how Canada’s contribution of $400 million, part of $3.8 billion committed by the World Bank, European Union and other G7 countries, supports “educating girls,” “refugees” and the “impoverished.”
Another perspective. Data on population indicates this planet becomes home to 82 million new humans each year. True, of those millions, an undeterminable number will not join swelling ranks of the impoverished, malnourished, homeless, 1.3 billion currently living on less than $2 a day, the uneducated and so on, but many will – and at current birthrates, no country or combination of countries can keep pace – history proves it. Humans show slight hint of restraint as they procreate, consume and pollute themselves out of house and home, as they stress-test Earth’s carrying capacity.
Canada’s leaders, past and present, issue cheques proposing to “help” the world’s burgeoning poor. An industry evolved, the poor keep arriving – the shelves at the food bank are empty – and the rich compassionate uncle continues to write cheques to foreign governments. Canadians are generous – forced or voluntary – despite 40 per cent of native kids living in poverty, one in 10 of us unable to afford a prescription, classrooms wildly over capacity, health care in crisis, unimaginable calamities in affordable housing, 1.3 million children coast to coast lacking basic necessities, etc.
And yet in 2017, wide-open-arms Canada welcomed 286,000 men, women and children, half under the economic class program. But “we’re not doing enough” claims the government as it sets a course to bolster immigration numbers to 340,000 yearly by 2020. Canadians in 2018, saddled with a debt currently over $1 trillion, with interest servicing costs plundering our treasury for $450 billion annually – is broke! We’re spiralling into a hole of debt and despair generations distant may never recover from.
It’s time to adjust the counter, setting realistic immigration numbers. Immigration is necessary – definitely – but not on the back of the impoverished at home who also seek “help”!
Alvin W. Shier