A one-time school project gone terribly, terribly wrong.

10 April 2008

Conservative Government, Liberal Flinching, and Legislative Bullying

The Conservative party has been pissing me off for a couple of years now, as it strives to put actual conservatism behind it and go to an ideology-driven agenda of stripping out all that makes Canada relevant, special, and different and putting us on track to become the US' prison bitch.

But the federal Liberals are managing to piss me off worse. And that's utterly amazing.

My latest wanna-bite-someone moment comes from the package of immigration Reforms passed by Parliament this week.

First: In usual Harper style, the announcement was made by--and I quote from press sources: "A ministry official who could not be named."

When the government hides the identities of officials makling public ministry announcements, what the hell does that mean?

Second: Canada's immigration process, while cumbersome, was at least equitable. It took bloody ages for a prince or a peasant. And no matter what, you knew that your file would be reviewed at some stage.

The current queue for reviews was about six-to-eight years. The backlog, according to the Harperites, was almost a million cases.

So, uh, what? You couldn't hire a few more clerks and reviewers to help out? Oh, I see. That would have meant admitting more brown people to Canada, and the All-White All-Stars, all former pillars of the Fas--I mean "Alliance" Party, are ag'in' that.

Now the Conservatives want to:
a) Stream all applicants so that those with "required skills" such as doctors get moved to the top of the pile.

b) Scrap the old process and simply force people to reapply year after year.

This is classic Conservative Party pandering, to prove they haven't forgotten their roots in the Reform Party and the later Axis--sorry, I meant "Alliance" party.

However, they're not being honest. Here's what they haven't actually said:
Under the old system, everyone had a chance. Now in classic neo-con fashion, only "desirables" will be considered.

That was what the review process was for.

All others will have to reapply each year. You could conceivably be in the queue, applying every year, for fifty years and not ever have your file reviewed.

It was already hard enough to immigrate to Canada. They're determined to make it harder.

The Conservatives are willing to poach doctors and other skilled workers from the third world to let their vision become reality. And if I were an honest man, I suppose I'd admit that if these people were leaving their countries anyway, I'd as soon they ended up here.

But that doesn't make it any righter.

And here's the real heartbreak. Rather than stand and defend Canadian values, Stephane Dion and the Liberal party rolled over and let Harper £µ©λ them without even asking for a reach-around.

Because Harper, without a majority, likes to bully by attaching everything to the budget. That way, any provision that's defeat-worthy becomes a confidence motion, the government falls, and they have to hold an election.

Message to Stephane Dion: You know, you might not be elected if an election were held tomorrow (although I don't think enough people like the Cons enough to vote them a majority).

But you'll sure as hell never get elected if you never have the balls to call an election.

Go ahead, for £µ©λ's sakes. Pull the trigger already! If you never stand up to the bully you just keep looking weaker and weaker until you fade into irrelevancy.

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At 11:45 a.m., Blogger Slave to the dogs said...

The reapplying thing is pretty uncool. The desirable status, though, is simply on par with the rest of the Western world, your idyllic Europe included. A government's responsibility must be first and foremost to its existing citizens.

At 1:25 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

Actually, Europe has lowered barriers to lesser-skilled migrants--that's part of the debate over there.

And what's with the "Idyllic Europe" remark? I'm not a Europhile, I just think they have some sensible rules about work.

As to Canada: The egalitarian approach has been working fine so far. And if it ain't broke, why fix it? Especially when the "fix" is inherently unjust?

At 1:28 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

Ah--I think you may have misread "desirable"--I'm not talking about screening out outright criminals. Instead I'm talking about cherry-picking skills.

The system as it exists means skilled workers get preferred treatment when it comes to approval. They just have to wait their turn with the rest.

"First come, first served." As democratic and equitable as any system out there.

At 7:23 p.m., Blogger Slave to the dogs said...

Oh, I'd love to have a European workweek! I think I'd have a hard time getting used to the VAT though.

And actually when I said desirable I meant filling skillsets where a deficit currently exists. Personally, I think that applies to the sort of job that many Americans (and possibly Canadians) are loathe to take, such as cleaning hotel rooms. I know the immigrant-phobes wouldn't agree with me on that, but I'm not too upset about it.

I don't know about expedited processing though, I'm not sure if that happens here or not.

At 9:57 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Metro Man:

Prime Minister Hair Spray is like that guy who rats on you in the playground and then runs home to mommy.
Unfortunately, the 'bully' is going up against a true wimp. Stephane Dion has yet to experience the dropping of his testicles. That better happen soon, or we're all fkd for another few years.
Too bad Danny Boy, the NFLD premer, isn't with the federal Libs. He'd be a runaway winner, dontcha think?
F the Cons.



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