Douglas Todd: Economists question decision to boost immigration during pandemic

Good and needed questioning:

Canadian economists are questioning why Ottawa is setting record immigration targets in the middle of unprecedented unemployment caused by the pandemic.

More than 1.7 million Canadians are looking for work, and the economists are warning that the Liberals’ aggressive new target of more than 400,000 new immigrants in 2021 will likely hurt the country’s low-skilled workers, particularly those who have recently become permanent residents.

Source: Douglas Todd: Economists question decision to boost immigration during pandemic

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Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

3 Responses to Douglas Todd: Economists question decision to boost immigration during pandemic

  1. gjreid says:

    This is an overdue discussion – but of course, the subject is taboo among les bien-pensants and what some horrible people have called the Main Stream Media. Many immigrants I have talked to have been critical, in a lucid and moderate way, of very high levels of immigration to this country. One of the ostensible “economic benefits” of high immigration levels – that young new Canadian workers will pay for the pensions of old retired Canadian workers – is, literally, a Ponzi scheme, and implies one would need ever-higher levels of immigration to keep the wheel turning faster and faster. It is an aspect of the obsession with national GDP growth, where we should be thinking of per capita GDP growth and more qualitative and sustainable growth. This is not the 19th century where we need lots of “cannon fodder.”

  2. Andrew says:

    Agreed. Have been injecting this element into my articles and the like.

    • gjreid says:

      I have noticed. I find your multicultural meanderings are invaluable. You should circulate this to our emailing list. They are interested.

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