The phenomenon where people can be physically present in one place but maintain daily cultural and social ties to their homeland presents a special challenge to a country with a relatively weak national identity. We are long overdue for an honest, constructive, and robust debate on immigration.
The Trudeau government seems willing to jeopardize a trade relationship worth around $2 billion per day to implement a ham-fisted tax that would raise less than $1 billion annually.
Far from laying a sustainable, long-term foundation for these communities, substituting political intervention for market processes risks setting them up for future devastation by binding their fate to the need for perpetual taxpayer subsidies.
When governments fail to enforce the law consistently and fairly, they simply invite further lawlessness. And even more alarming is that our governments that are themselves obliged to act within the law have been failing to do so.
The sputtering of our economic engines couldn’t come a worse time, as debt and deficits mount. Canada needs a serious plan to achieve significant economic growth.