POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY DAN HILL IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
SCARBORO BLOCK PARTY SHOOT-OUT - COLUMNIST CALLS FOR STILL MORE INVESTMENT IN "PRIORITY" KIDS AND SAYS WE WILL ALL PAY IF WE DO NOT MAKE IT - CANADA'S EXISTING GENEROSITY TO IMMIGRANTS - WORDS ON PAST IMMIGRATION AND SPECIAL PLEADING
"...we will all pay more in the long run."
No disrespect to Dan Hill, the author of these words, but they are almost insulting to Canadians.
Did the poor Jews coming from Eastern Europe - fleeing poverty and prejudice - many decades ago tell us we needed to make special investments in their children?
Did the poor Irish - fleeing famine, poverty, and prejudice - come telling us we needed to make special investments in their children?
Did the poor Chinese, as they came and worked exhaustingly hard in their little family businesses, tell us we needed to make special investments in their children?
Do the migrant workers, returning each year doing very hard work, demand special investments for their children?
But we get this plea, time and time again, from our Caribbean community - the times generally being immediately after members of their community have broken many of our laws by carrying loaded guns, illegal guns, and opening fire in insane fashion.
And I would like to remind Dan Hill and others making these kinds of special pleas that we DO invest in them and their children, and a very substantial investment indeed.
We give costly free medical care to every child and parent, something an immigrant to the United States would not receive.
We give free schooling to every child, and the schools do not resemble the broken-down horrors you would find in American ghettos.
We give subsidized public housing to many immigrant families, subsidized housing that Canadians themselves in poor circumstances often have to wait long periods for.
We give what are, on the whole the safest streets in North America, on which your children can play.
We give what is as prejudice-free an environment in which to grow and learn and work as you will find anywhere. No American city has quite the same environment. And no city in Jamaica has this either.
The set of benefits and opportunities an immigrant to Canada receives are so generous and attractive that were we to "open the doors," as it were, millions from many places would come running.
No one can make an immigrant a success if he or she is determined to break our laws and pour violence out onto our streets.
Immigrants to Canada get opportunity, generous opportunity and help, but they don't get guarantees, and they certainly do not get exemptions from our laws.
No society in the world sees that any differently.