04 December 2007

The changing face of urban Canada

However you might feel about it... it's not your parent's Toronto any more.

-- TORONTO -- One in every five Canadians is now foreign-born, the highest proportion in 75 years, a shift likely to have profound consequences for Canada's economic and cultural future.

Canada is becoming ever more diverse, Statistics Canada's 2006 census shows. The country's foreign-born population soared 13.6 per cent between 2001 and 2006 — four times higher than the Canadian-born population.
I should mention here... in the interest of heading off any more virulent, offensive comments... my parents were immigrants.


15 comments:

Johnathon said...

I think this shows that Canada will be a different country in 100 years.

Think about it.

1 out of every 2 in Toronto os foreign born.

This disease will spread until half of Canada is foreign born.

Unless we wan't what little culture we have to stay alive, we must take action.

WE NEED A BABY BOOM.

IMPORTING IMMIGRANTS IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ARE DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY.

You should have elaborated more on this issue.

kursk said...

..and it isn't too partisan to say that it was the liberals who created this mess, by shifting immigration from traditional western sources to third world nations, full of potentially greatful future liberal voters.

There was no group too suspect to be courted (Tamil Tigers anyone?)by the libs,no lie they would not tell to gain votes ( conservatives are racists,they will deny civil liberties etc..)

That we are on the road to racial unrest can only be the fault of the federal liberals.

Neo Conservative said...

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"jonathon said... This disease will spread until half of Canada is foreign born."

hey, dumbass... my parents were immigrants.

in truth, if not for immigration... this country's population would be shrinking... which would be an economic disaster... not-too-far down the road.

it's this kind of virulent talk that makes people lump conservatives in with the racist loonies.

as i've said many times before, race is not the issue here... any problems we're having are about culture... a culture, for instance that glorifies violence.

when i point to toronto's shocking murder stats... i'm pointing at individuals who choose to embrace a very different sort of culture than most canadians.

use your brain, pal... and take this kind of rant somewhere else.

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Anonymous said...

The big questions which are ignored here are these: where are these people coming from? Why are they coming here? Will they be good citizens? Who wants them here? Who let them in? Who wins and who loses in this deal? What next? What is the long-term effects on the country? What is this costing? Just for starters. (real conservative)

Anonymous said...

I think that conservatism is also about preserving culture and country too. So I find little to be overjoyed about in these numbers. (real conservative)

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... conservatism is also about preserving culture and country too"

we must be doing something right... to be such an attractive destination for people worldwide.

hopefully people who choose to come here will embrace the values that have given canada such a good reputation.

otoh, people who violate our hospitality and trust... should bear the full brunt of the legal consequences.

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Johnathon said...

Your must be living in Iran, neoconservative.

By 2050, that will be another 12-14 million people in Canada.

Eventually, the country looks more like the middle east, rather than a western nation like Canada.


Canada is not the middle east, therefore we shouldn't look like the middle east.



If you picked someone up in the middle east, and dropped them into Toronto, they would admit it looks the exact same.

That is unacceptable.

It's time to preserve Canada and time for Harper to give Canadians a reason to have children.

In 2107, this country will have already committed suicide.

Anonymous said...

Liberal voting Canadians, the only real kind of Canadians there are, hate everything about Canada and are glad to see it go.

For these kinds of Canadians, the sooner we resemble an African, middle eastern or Asian country, the better.

Neo Conservative said...

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"Johnathon said... If you picked someone up in the middle east, and dropped them into Toronto, they would admit it looks the exact same."

good grief, man... back it off.

anybody who reads this blog knows i am no fan of toronto... for many reasons... but toronto, most emphatically, is not syria, or the gaza strip.

toronto has very specific problems in very specific locations from a very specific demographic.

but once again... don't fool yourself... it's culture, not race.

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Anonymous said...

the problem with immigration today, is that the immigrants are becoming canadian in name only. they do not share our culture or our values.

Johnathon said...

This country is finished.

In 100 years, this country will be exactly the same as the middle east.

25 million people imported in 100 years means this country will NOT be the country that it was in 1867.

WHY ARE WE IMPORTING SO MANY PEOPLE?

We don't need them.

People say its needed for economic prosperity.

However, that's not true.

Even with immigration, our country is still only growing at a very,small rate.

All were doing is replacing traditional Canadians with untraditional Canadians.

Eventually 75 percent of Canada will be foreign born.

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND HARPER NEEDS TO STOP IT NOW.

Give Canadians a reason to have more kids, we don't need to rely on imports to survive.

We're being sold out.

Frank Hilliard said...

Neo Conservative says Toronto most emphatically, is not syria, or the gaza strip.

So true; it's actually Kingston, Jamaica with its gun and gangsta culture. He may be happy with a lot of gun-toting Jamaicans killing each other because they have no fathers, but I'm not. I reject -- let me make this a little more clear -- I totally reject Jamaican immigration as a desirable option.

Of course, in Canada we can't single out any specific group, so that means I have to totally reject immigration period.

And yes, my great, great, grandfathers were immigrants too; but not from Jamaica.

blogs' socks said...

Interesting to note is that here in Alberta we've been experiencing a baby boom of sorts. IMO, that can be attributed to our lower tax base where people can afford to have children again.

We can thank the Liberals for taxing us to the point where many couples don't think they can afford to have a family, thus forcing us to increase immigration.

Neo Conservative said...

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"frank hilliard says... I totally reject Jamaican immigration"

so frank... objectively, what's the difference between "all jamaican immigrants are murderers" and "all irish immigrants are drunks".

i concede that there is a significant subset of young black males committing a staggeringly disproportionate number of toronto's urban homicides... but it still isn't close to being all jamaicans.

once again, this isn't about race... it's about a socially bereft cultural subset of the immigrant population that embraces lawlessness and violence.

don't go all kkk here... that's simply unreasonable and unacceptable.

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doug newton said...

Neo

I'm old enough to be your parent and I agree with your comments.
I was born and raised in Toronto in a family that has been here for 7 generations now and I would say that overall, immigration has made it a better place to live.

"we must be doing something right... to be such an attractive destination for people worldwide.

We should make it more attractive to the skilled and educated.

"hopefully people who choose to come here will embrace the values that have given canada such a good reputation."

And add to those values in such a way as to maintain that reputation

"otoh, people who violate our hospitality and trust... should bear the full brunt of the legal consequences."

I blame the obvious lack of justice in our legal system on those people in our society that seem unable to butt out.
I bet that a significant majority of people immigrated here so that they could live in a country with one law applied to all.
That is a liberal idea.
That selected groups should enjoy special legal status is currently a Liberal idea.

Nony said

"Liberal voting Canadians, the only real kind of Canadians there are, hate everything about Canada and are glad to see it go.

Nony is confusing liberal voters with the Liberal Party who have have been a big disappointment to me and I suspect that they need to smoke a turd in purgatory before they will represent liberals again.