August 05, 2016

BC could set up Immigrant Investor Program and “rake in enough cash” to cure homelessness

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

If you’ve been following my reporting on Vancouver real estate and the issues surrounding the explosion in prices the past year to 18 months. then you’ll know one of the major obstacles for BC is the Quebec Investor Immigrant Program. 

Recently Premier Christy Clark raised the issue with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard hoping to fix the problems.

I spoke with immigration lawyer Richard Kurland to learn more about this program, its effects on BC, and what might be done to deal with it.

Watch as Kurland explains that BC could set up their own program, which surprised me.

What do you think? Should BC set up its own program and rake in extra cash as Richard suggests, or are you skeptical too that it would go into general revenue, resulting in more government spending rather than making Vancouver more affordable?

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commented 2016-08-06 00:57:34 -0400
Marilyn very true, so tired of whiners who claim there is no help for them there is tons of it.
commented 2016-08-05 17:30:49 -0400
Yes, unfortunately, I DO have it all figured out. Not only in Canada is there an aboriginal industry where thousands of lawyers and hangers-on are making a very lucrative income without any positive outcome,except for themselves, but there is also a poverty industry, with the same outcome.

Perhaps you have never heard about the recent fiasco in Vancouver’s East End? Facilitators traveling to Hawaii with their families on taxpayers’ money that was supposed to “end homelessness”. What a joke and a travesty.
commented 2016-08-05 17:11:23 -0400
Citizenship is already for sale by way of Quebec, and has been for quite some time.
We’re GIVING AWAY at least 50,000 citizenship cards every year under the Libs
Other than with refugee/migrants, citizenship has always been for sale if the immigrant pays the fees required to enter (after meeting all the requirements)
Selling a couple thousand more investor citizenships (to qualified individuals) in order to subsidize the rest, is not a bad thing.
Isn’t having some millionaires moving to Canada to contribute to the economy a bit better than restricting most of the intake to the dirt poor and illiterate?
commented 2016-08-05 16:58:05 -0400
So Rebel is now promoting the selling of Canadian Citizenship now.

commented 2016-08-05 16:31:58 -0400
Again I would point out that this is largely a Lower Mainland problem where Chinese investors flock due to finding comfort in their large numbers and for reasons as obscure as “good Feng Shui” geographically.. House prices have also climbed in some other pockets of B.C. – such as the Okanagan – but those are either retirees from other parts of Canada, or even British retirees, as around Parksville on Vancouver Island… There’s lots of modestly priced homes still to be found if you are willing to live outside of those centres…
commented 2016-08-05 15:28:19 -0400
This problem is easy to solve, so it won’t get done , plus the c b c would start to bring up the subject it past - "Chinese head tax " , besides the s j w ’s down in bancouver would run out of " victims "
commented 2016-08-05 13:40:39 -0400
Got it all figured out ,eh, Marilyn.
commented 2016-08-05 13:19:34 -0400
Bill: Actually, there is absolutely no “true” poverty in Canada. As well, homelessness can only occur if the self-inflicted “victim” purposely pursued no education, has no will or drive to work, or is bonkers, either with a recognized psychological illness or through drugs, the latter of which is also self-inflicted, which also begs the question: how do these “poor” souls afford their daily supply of drugs? Oops, not so poor, huh?

The social welfare system in Canada is generous in the extreme and there is no need to flail, moan and wring hands about the “poor” and so-called “homeless”.

How did you manage? How did millions of hard-working, caring, dedicated Canadians manage? Not off the backs of others, I would conjecture.
commented 2016-08-05 13:08:09 -0400
I also wondered why the BC gov’t hasn’t created a similar program to basically “sell” immigration to BC. Why would we want to leave all that money in Quebec? We’re already sending big $$$ to that province in equalization after all. I’m not concerned if the new program money goes into general revenue.
Unfortunately, unless the door is somewhat shut in Quebec, we will have to undercut their fees in order for our creation to work. I would hope that, as Mr. Kurland suggested, residency requirements would become stricter, but I doubt the gov’t of Quebec cares if the immigrants go to BC or not, their primary concern is the $800K interest free money for their coffers.
For those opposed to “selling” permanent residence: We’re already giving away citizenship to refugees/migrants to Canada for free, so why not get a good return for a smaller quota of newcomers?
Of course, proper security, medical and the usual vetting will be required. The “investors” would be subject to a much higher degree of vetting than in the migrant/refugee category.
For those concerned about housing prices: We can’t shut off the tap in Quebec. And there are other ways to stifle the free market in real estate if that’s the direction we want to take.
I estimate upwards of 8,000 migrants and refugees are coming to BC every year. Why not add 1 or 2 thousand more “investors” to subsidize the taxpayer-funded expenses of our “compassionate” intake?
We can complain all we want about the overall number of migrants and immigrants coming to Canada, but that argument will only be valuable during the next federal election campaign.
commented 2016-08-05 12:36:25 -0400
Just once I’d like to see homelessness and true poverty vanish in this nation with such rich resources – but like everything else that is good for us as a nation, globalism sets up road blocks to our functioning as a cohesive national force with a united goal – I think eliminating poverty and homelessness is a fantastic national goal, but it will never be achieved through the divisive and self-serving politics of globalism or cultural marxism.