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.