The People’s Party policy on limiting immigration is the best policy for the prosperity and well-being of Canadians. It will also benefit underdeveloped countries.
An Incentive to Adopt Modern Values
The vetting of potential immigrants and refugees for modern values and social norms will be an incentive for people in underdeveloped countries to adopt these values and social norms before applying to come to Canada.
Every underdeveloped country has people who share the same modern values that we have in developed countries. These countries also have large parts of their populations that follow primitive traditional values that are incompatible with modern prosperity and well-being.
When we make it known that, to come to Canada, you must share modern values, it will become an incentive for people in underdeveloped countries to adopt these values and social norms. As more people adopt modern values, prosperity will increase and their own countries will become increasingly developed. Incentives to migrate will decline over time.
The Ability and Motivation to Make Life Better
Reduction in the total number of immigrants coming to Canada will also benefit these countries. There has been a “brain drain” of the most motivated and competent people from underdeveloped countries to developed countries. By slowing down this process, these countries will keep more of their most capable people, who will then help to improve their own countries.
With more limited opportunity to migrate, people will also have a greater incentive to fix the problems of their own countries, making them a more desirable place to live and decreasing the incentive to leave.
The End of Harmful Incentives
Finally, our current lack of proper control over immigration contributes to incentives for illegal border crossing at the American southern border, which is where overland migrants must cross to eventually reach Canada. Illegal border crossing causes the accidental death of people attempting to cross dangerous deserts, rivers and oceans. It also forces migrants into the hands of people who swindle, rob, rape and murder in the criminal underworld of people smugglers.
By closing our border to illegal migration and only accepting immigrants and refugees though formal processes after proper vetting, we can ensure that they come to Canada legally and safely. Creating incentives for dangerous illegal migration goes against the respect for human rights and human life that are among Canada’s most cherished values.
I have written previously about the PPC policy to eliminate foreign development aid and how it will benefit underdeveloped counties by creating incentives for reform while no longer subsidizing failure and corruption.
The new People’s Party policy on immigration will also be beneficial to underdeveloped countries by helping them along the path to become better places to live. While here in Canada, better control over immigration will improve the safety of our communities and the prosperity and well-being of all Canadians.
Read Maxime Bernier's speech on Immigration and Multiculturalism.
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