Voting rights for non-citizens is illogical and destructive

“This proposal will give encouragement to those many people who come here to feed off our generous welfare state, who will then be able to use their new power to influence city policies in their favour when it comes to areas such as welfare, housing, access to city food banks, and paid medical services.”

On February 21st of this year, Toronto City Council voted to make Toronto a “sanctuary city” for “undocumented migrants” – that is, illegal immigrants who have lied and cheated in order to get into our country.

The Toronto Star breathlessly announced on the very same day that “On Thursday, City Council passed the motion by a vote of 37 to 3 that also requires training all city staff and managers to ensure Toronto’s estimated 200,000 non-status residents can access its services without fear of being turned over to border enforcement officers for detention and deportation.”

And now, the idea is being floated that non-citizens should be allowed to vote in Toronto’s local elections.

Disturbingly, Ontario’s Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne has been reported as indicating that she might look favourably on a Toronto Council request for enabling legislation to that effect, and is quoted in the Toronto Star on June 12th as saying “I’ve said that we’ll consider them when the recommendations come forward. We haven’t had a formal request, obviously, at this point… but I think that in a city as diverse as Toronto, looking at ways of engaging people in the democratic process … is very, very important.”

If given such high-level support, this proposal will definitely influence the rest of Ontario, for the simple reason that such enabling legislation would logically be made available to all municipalities in Ontario, not just Toronto.

And, such provincial legislation will inevitably set a very nasty precedent for Canada as a whole, so it is essential for those of us trying to save what is left of “traditional” Canada to nip this idea in the bud as quickly as possible.

When I arrived in Canada from Britain in 1966, I had full voting rights.   That was because I came from a country which has a shared legal, political and military history with Canada, and we share the same Head of State.

The assumption was that I was familiar with democracy as practiced in Canada, and that my loyalty to Canada was assured.

Over time, my local, provincial and federal votes disappeared.

Giving municipal voting rights to non-Canadians may restore their “lost” voting rights to British permanent residents, but it will also enfranchise countless others, including many thousands of people who cannot understand English, let alone democracy and how it works.

There are an estimated 200,000 illegals in Toronto.  Does City Council plan to give the vote to them also?

This proposal will give encouragement to those many people who come here to feed off our generous welfare state, who will then be able to use their new power to influence city policies in their favour when it comes to areas such as welfare, housing, access to city food banks, and paid medical services.

An entirely new voting bloc will emerge, with politicians frantically competing for votes by offering more and more of the hard-earned wealth produced by the rest of us. 

We have already seen the effects of allowing those on welfare to have the vote; they provide a solid, reliable bedrock of electoral support for those politicians who will allow them to continue mooching off the taxpayers…

Not only will this proposal greatly increase the burden on working, productive Canadians, it will encourage an even greater flood of economic migrants eager to feast on our generosity.

And this latest proposal comes right after Toronto decides to become a “sanctuary city”?

I sense a very nasty agenda here, and will be watching developments closely.

More on this later.

Jeff Goodall.

See the Toronto Star article “Toronto declared ‘sanctuary city’ to non-status migrants” here.

See the Toronto Sun article “Canada is inclusive, but if you want to vote, you should be a citizen” here.

See also “Kathleen Wynne open to non-citizens voting in Toronto” here.