Sunday, January 1, 2012 | Categories: Michael's Essays
The season of good cheer continues this New Year's Morning with joy unbound flowing from the smiling upturned faces of little children as they delight in their week-old presents. Resolutions are made.
For many, aspirin and tomato juice is the only breakfast this morning.
The good dishes have been put away for another year, the tree comes down perhaps and jolly Christmas cards are removed from mantel pieces.
I love the tradition of receiving and sending Christmas cards, albeit I confess to a dereliction of my postal duties in that regard. Christmas mail is all so well-intentioned.
But every once and a while, a missive from Mr. Meany slips under the happiness radar and arrives in the mailbox.
This year the offending mailing was from something called The Centre for Immigration Policy Reform.
From the envelope I took it to be about immigration policy and reform. I'm always interested in policy. And who could be against reform?
It is, however, somewhat more sinister then a simple fundraising pitch.
It is in fact a warning.
Its message is straightforward: Canada's immigration policy has pushed the country to the precipice and that if we keep taking in immigrants under the current rate and conditions, the country is doomed to social upheaval, political chaos and perhaps even violence.
It's not unlike the warning by the British politician Enoch Powell in 1968 about "rivers of blood" caused by immigrants.
The Centre has a five-member Board of Directors and a 15-member advisory panel, including a dead man. The advisory board is seeded with university professors, former ambassadors, writers and former high-flying civil servants and politicians.
It is an A-list of any Ottawa cocktail party.
The Centre is run by the prolific journalist, columnist, community activist Margaret Kopala. She's a frequent guest on cable television's wonderful comedy show Sun News Network.
In 2008, she called for a moratorium on immigration. Her motto: "Let's make Canada shipshape for the 21st Century."
The focus of concern of the Centre is Islam and the number of Muslims in the country.
The letter points out that if we are not careful 20 years from now the number of Muslims in this country will increase from 0.4 per cent of the population in 1981 to 6.6 per cent.
It warns that Islamic extremists could set up no-go zones in Canadian cities where non-Muslims dare not go. We could wind up like Europe where every country has serious problems with its Muslim immigrants, it predicts.
There is great concern about people of dark skin pigment.
It reports: "The number of visible minority neighbourhoods in Canada's three largest cities increased from six in 1981 to 254 in 2001.
The letter includes a list of 15 "Did You Know ..." questions that underscore the existential threat to Canada posed by immigration. Including: "Immigration increases the size of Canada's population and economy but does not improve Canada's standard of living."
Now a reasonable person might assume that growing the economy would improve our standard of living, but apparently not.
I was touched that the centre reached out to me personally -- dear Michael, it said -- with its concerns, but I must demure.
I kind of think that the only thing that will save this country is immigration, lots of it. I sort of cling to the traditional Canadian notion that we are a nation of immigrants and should stay that way.
But if you get the letter and you do contribute $150 or more, you will be favoured with a copy of After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by the apocalypse quipster Mark Steyn or Delectable Lie: A liberal repudiation of multiculturalism by Sun Media columnist Salim Mansur. Both autographed.
Uplifting reading for the New Year.