Jason Kenney, once the federal Minister of Immigration, appears to want his old job back. Instead of running for Premier of Alberta on provincial issues, he is reliving his glory days as the Patron Saint of Migrants.
A week ago, Kenney announced his plan to inject immigrants into rural Alberta – a plan that most people who I talked to in Strathmore thought was an idea cooked up by the likes of Rachel Notley.
Kenney, who was once the executive assistant to Liberal Ralph Goodale (Justin Trudeau’s Deputy Leader), said that this plan will help bring more immigrants to the province, and will help revitalize rural Alberta. Last time I checked, rural Alberta would prefer to be left alone, in fact – 94 percent of Canadians are not in favour of increasing immigration, with 49 percent preferring to downright lower that number.
Kenney heralded Brooks, Alberta, as a migrant success story. In reality, a massive influx of migrants to Brooks has caused the small town’s population to balloon by 45 percent since 1995. With that has come an increase in crime, some of it going unreported.
WATCH to see how folks from Brooks who have lived through this culture change have to say to the other small towns that Kenney is sizing up for a migrant influx.