February 26, 2019

Jason Kenney panders to CBC with plan to increase immigration to Alberta

Rebel Staff

On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, I reported on United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney announcing his plan to bring ten-thousand new immigrants to rural Alberta every year.

I’m not in Alberta as much as I’d like to be these days. But I get there pretty often. And I talk to Albertans all the time, both friends, and members of the public.

And I have to think that if you were to knock on 1,000 doors, and ask: what is a key issue in this provincial election? I doubt a single person would say: we need more immigration.

Immigration is a federal matter. It’s not a provincial matter, other than some tweaks. But the main point is this: there is massive unemployment in Alberta. It’s worse than any other province other than the Atlantic. Alberta’s unemployment is worse than Quebec, worse than Ontario. That means there are lots of unemployed men and women right now. Who are the most skilled in the country.

Let me say that again:

Alberta’s unemployed people are the most skilled unemployed people in Canada. They aren’t out of work because they did something wrong, or because they don’t have the skills. They're out of work because of Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau. The is no shortage of workers. There is a shortage of jobs.

So Jason Kenney wants to bring in more workers? Before our existing Canadian unemployed are hired?

And — to rural parts? What does that even mean? Is this even a provincial election platform? It’s so weird. It sounds like Kenney just took some of his old ideas from Parliament and is repurposing them

It doesn’t even make sense. Canadian don’t want more immigration. An Angus Reid survey conducted last year found that literally only six percent of Canadians want higher immigration.

Alberta already has plenty of people who are looking for work. Bringing in cheaper labour to undercut them helps no-one. Or — bringing in more skilled labour, how does that help our own unemployed skilled labour? This is a solution in search of a problem. It doesn’t make sense.

His first two goals — fix the immigration backlog, and speed up processing. How is that an Alberta provincial issue? Fix the backlog? As in, there are foreigners who want to come here, and they’re not getting here quickly enough — that’s literally his top priority? Making things convenient for foreigners. And the second one — speeding up processing times.

That’s not the problem. The problem is we have nearly seven percent unemployment in Alberta. And it’s skilled workers who can’t find work. And you’re really excited about bringing in foreigners faster? Who came up with this?

Bringing in job-creators — good idea. I’ll believe it when I see it. But that’s not the pitch here. The pitch is really: bringing in cheap third world labour, to a province that already has unemployed Canadian labour. I really can’t believe Kenney referred to Brooks Alberta as a prime example.

Brooks is a small town in Alberta that decided to hire cheap foreign workers in their meat packing plant, rather than Canadians. And they thought Somalis were the workers of choice.

No surprise that the crime rate in town doubled; Alberta is now famous for having exported Somalis terrorists to ISIS. But just from a plain old economic point of view — which is being touted here as the rationale — why? How is bringing in cheap foreign labour, which is exactly what the Brooks story is — how is that a success?

This is so weird. It’s like Kenney is running for Prime Minister, appeasing the CBC, appeasing migrant groups. To focus on this, to say this is a priority, to make this announcement — that’s not real. That’s not what Albertans want.

That’s what the CBC wants. That’s Jason Kenney trying to win the love of the CBC, trying to prove how woke he is, so woke that he says he’s going to lobby Justin Trudeau for more immigrants.

Jason Kenney is more scared of the CBC than he is of anything else. If you’re wondering how he’s going to govern, that’s what you need to watch.

I’ve never, never in my life, heard someone in small-town Alberta say they want Trudeau to put more migrants in their town. Pretty sure Brooks is a cautionary tale, not a role model.

If you want to know what Jason Kenney responds to, don’t look to a carbon tax rally or a pipeline convoy. Look to what they’re gossiping about at the CBC headquarters in Toronto. Look to what the journalists are twittering about online.

That’s what he responds to. Please tell me if I’m wrong, because I wish I was, but I don’t think I am.

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commented 2019-03-08 20:05:56 -0500
I knew back in 2016 that it would be a disaster if the Wildrose and PCs united. Now it’s coming to pass. Brian Jean would never have pulled this stunt. What a stupid panderer!
commented 2019-03-04 20:26:28 -0500
JK’s courting immigrant votes in AB; nothing more … nothing less.
This will backfire.
commented 2019-03-01 05:48:32 -0500
And the award for the dumbest politician in Canada goes to Mr.Jason Kenney! 60,000 jobless in Alberta and this blithering twit speaks of bringing in more immigrants? Who is your campaign manager; Rachel Notley? You did have my vote; but now I will be trying to sort out which separatist party I will be voting for.
commented 2019-02-27 16:43:47 -0500
It is clear that this idiot has never lost his job to an foreigner, or had to worry about where his next pay cheque is coming from! Boot his ass to the curb, so he can see the real threat coming to Canada, when he has to fight for the next street corner, too peddle his shit!!!
commented 2019-02-27 16:26:15 -0500
This is the governments plan, too bring in immigrants, give them everything they need in life, including your JOBS, so they can cut wages, which employers love and increase the work force. Twenty dollar an hour jobs, cut down to five dollar an hour jobs, that the employer can get four people working for the cost of one Canadian job!!! WAKE up Canada, your future depends on it…..
commented 2019-02-27 14:21:55 -0500
Still unable to get the e petition 2012 hyperlink posted here for some reason. Please copy and paste to get there.
commented 2019-02-27 12:03:30 -0500
petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2012

We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to re-evaluate for consistency with Canadian Rights and Values any past UN agreements, pacts, initiatives and endorsements it may have adopted which have ceded Canadian sovereignty and undertake to refrain from adopting any further, such as the UN Parliamentary Assembly, without a constitutional amendment and a national referendum on the issue.
commented 2019-02-27 12:00:55 -0500
Albertans First, This is only our fate if good men do nothing. This govt sponsored petition is asking for a referendum and an amendment to the constitution, before they can get away with signing away our sovereignty. They did not ask us.

This UN global compact goes against our constitutional rights.
It may be pointless to fight as you suggest. but it takes no effort to sign this petition and I want to take any and all means made available to fight this act of treason. Because I don’t know what else giving our self determination over to a global entity would be, if not treasonous.
It goes against our constitutional rights .Other countries have not signed and will fight this invasion, We should too, Any and every way we can.

They already think Canadians don’t care, are too busy and ill informed to put up a fight. If nothing else this shows them we are aware, and they can’t put the wool over our eyes. AS well as passing the word so all Canadians will understand the seriousness of this ‘non binding’ compact.
So I will continue to push this petition, sign it or don’t.
commented 2019-02-27 03:47:57 -0500
John Wick you have no clue how the industry works , it is not nationalized.
commented 2019-02-27 03:46:05 -0500
John Wick oil is still the future and Justin and Notley screwed us, the US ramped up production in case you missed it. And what deals with Canada?
commented 2019-02-26 21:40:01 -0500
Liza Rozie,

They don’t care how many signatures we have. These globalists have an agenda they will not back down on. People need to realize we are not in same country as 20 years ago, where some folks disagree politically, but life kind of goes on. That is over. This is for keeps. I have firsthand knowledge of what is going on, and I think most do if they really ask themselves the hard questions.
commented 2019-02-26 21:16:36 -0500
Charred Remains,

You are assuming the people are going to the want the oil or be able to accept it from new country Alberta. The US already has agreements/contracts with Canada, so they won’t be able to just start dealing with a new oil “store” that has opened up.
commented 2019-02-26 18:09:08 -0500
Ezra, you are absolutely right. Kenney’s political correctness is sickening, but he is the best we have. The fact he is tying himself in knots is part of Notley’s game. She figures the longer she ducks and dives and avoids dropping the writ, the more time Kenney has to screw up. Kenney has so much time on his hands WAITING, it is driving him crazy.
commented 2019-02-26 17:21:06 -0500
Charred Remains,

Oil isn’t the future, which is why Albertans have been fucked – because they put all their eggs into one basket: the oil industry and so the people there don’t know how to do anything else.

If you are hoping to be your own country – I would suggest being prepared for the day whenever that day comes – even if it’s 50 years from now, when oil becomes the horse and buggy.
commented 2019-02-26 17:17:26 -0500
https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2012

We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to re-evaluate for consistency with Canadian Rights and Values any past UN agreements, pacts, initiatives and endorsements it may have adopted which have ceded Canadian sovereignty and undertake to refrain from adopting any further, such as the UN Parliamentary Assembly, without a constitutional amendment and a national referendum on the issue.
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Shall we try again?
The last one was something like 65,000 signatures. I don’t think it has been read in Parl yet.
Lets blow this one out of the park. It calls for an amendment to the Constitution and a referendum, before they can decide such things for our country.
commented 2019-02-26 17:02:18 -0500
So how in hell did Brian Jean lose?!!!

Sanctuary cities?! Here in Canada?! Didn’t know and need to catch up! I guess that’s what you call Calgary…with MRU spending that much cash on feet washing machines! It’s called the “Nenshi effect.” Bleah!
commented 2019-02-26 16:58:47 -0500
Jamie MacMaster, That date brings back memories.My mom sent me over to the market across the street to get the newspaper. The store was owned by a Czech couple .We called them people from the old country then, never immigrants.
I set the paper down on the counter ,and Mrs. K immediately pointed to the picture of our new PM Trudeau and said " He bad man, he Bolshevik. I know these people, he will do bad things to Canada.
I guess when you grew up under the heel of communists, you can smell them out like a polar bear smells its prey.
I listened to my “advisor” and I never trusted anything Pierre Trudeau did or said.
As for Justin….like father….like son.
commented 2019-02-26 16:34:07 -0500
Alberta separates and Kenney can be punted out of here back to that toilet bowl on the hill in Ottawa!! Piss off Kenney you globalist rat!!
commented 2019-02-26 16:07:37 -0500
“Canada’s demise started back in the 1990’s ….”

Nope, COLIN. it started way back on the 20th April, 1968 when turdo la first was sworn in as PM.
commented 2019-02-26 16:00:41 -0500
LOL! He had to be pandering to CBC – he knows Albertans don’t tune into State Propaganda! But just to be on the safe side – Kenney ain’t gettin’ my vote!
commented 2019-02-26 15:30:26 -0500
Charred Remains,

It’s a win/win for all involved. Canadians hate Alberta for being Canada’s backwards Texas and Alberta hates Canadians.
commented 2019-02-26 15:00:35 -0500
Alberta should just separate – it’s the only thing that will make them happy. To no longer be Canadians.
commented 2019-02-26 13:43:06 -0500
From Faith Goldy’s Twitter page-Regina city council voted down a motion to become a sanctuary city,yes thank goodness finally some common sense let’s hope it’s contagious!!!
commented 2019-02-26 13:24:09 -0500
Kenney is just like Tim Hudak and Patrick Brown . You can add John Tory to the list of wieners that all graduated from the Bland School of Politics.
commented 2019-02-26 13:14:32 -0500
Charred Remains , Who is going to lead this effort for Alberta separation ? At this point you don’t have a leader as charismatic as Lucien Bouchard or Jacques Parizeau. Not to dismiss the idea or effort , but it takes more than a strong will to pull off such an undertaking.
commented 2019-02-26 12:56:53 -0500
Conservative putzes like Kenney and Scheer and are too stupid to realize that no amount of licking and sucking will change the fact the press hates them.
commented 2019-02-26 12:51:04 -0500
And, just to bring things up to date… I lived in Nova Scotia for 25 years. Right now/today, it would cost me 25% more to live in Halifax than it does for me to live/stay in Hamilton.. That’s right.. Halifax is not a good deal when it comes to the Cost Of Living.. Halifax also has no opportunity, as always.. Particularly for those of us that do not fit the “Diversity Criteria”.. In fact, they continue to do what Kenney is asking for. More Immigration… Alberta and the Maritimes are intrinsically linked.. They are both screwing up, big time.. As much as we hate Ottawa, Southern Ontario is thriving…
commented 2019-02-26 12:45:13 -0500
Canada’s demise started back in the 1990’s when the Feds decided to slow and almost stop immigration from Europe and the UK in favour of Middle Eastern and African immigrants who where mostly uneducated and with low skill levels. Gone are the days when we sought out those with skills that were actually needed in Canada and anyone who would say that Brooks is a immigration success story is not fit to lead a Provincial Party. Properly vetted immigrants can be a positive for an economy but importing large numbers of refugees and uncontrolled migration is just wrong.
commented 2019-02-26 12:44:39 -0500
CHARRED REMAINS commented 12 mins ago
Yeah Robert I’ve been to that web site and I’ve spoke to Peter personally on the phone. he writes the big talk on his webpage but when it comes right down to it he is just another politically correct watered down would be politician.. Derek is much more main stream has been a politician long enough to understand how things can be when things get rough and how to handle a hostile media. I believe Peter would fold like a cheap suit when hit with some of the hard questions. I am not meaning to piss on your parade but this man is as politically correct as you can get..

Go Derrick.!!

I don’t think Derrick is going anywhere, nor will he have candidates in place for the upcoming election, unlike the AIP who will. As far as the rest of it goes, that remains to be seen. I personally haven’t seen anything of the kind. So far, the media, other than Danielle Smith, has doesn’t even acknowledge the existence of the SIP and has tried to hide their existence from the public.