Immigration creates larger environmental footprint
If a plumber fixing faucets in his home wanted to move in, Kenan Malik would, no doubt, “illiberally” refuse [“ Author slams ‘illiberal’ immigration policies”, May 31–June 6].
The same principle applies to foreign guest workers. They are here to do a task and they benefit from higher wages, new skills, and new ideas useful back home.
Our immigration policies should be governed by what is in the best interest of the resident population. For a mature, developed country, immigration has become a cost centre.
Economically, we don’t need more workers. Our problem is high unemployment, and we have computers, machines, and robots. Any professional and skilled-labour shortage should be addressed by educating and training our own.
A rising population means a growing environmental footprint and increasing difficulty meeting greenhouse-gas emission-reduction commitments. We could do ourselves and the world a favour by stabilizing our population and increasing our foreign aid. That would benefit far more people than immigration to Canada possibly could.
> Joe Bako / Vancouver