Could this be Canada’s future, courtesy of Stephen Harper?

This is a guest column; ‘Mihael Willman’ is the pseudonym for a concerned Canadian – Jeff Goodall

by Mihael Willman

On the eve of Canada’s bicentennial, Prime Minister Mao-Tsetung III, a distant relation of China’s great leader Chairman Mao, addresses the Canadian public:

“We are on the eve of a momentous event, more than a century in the making. But before we look ahead, we must first look back and give credit where credit is due.

“First we must thank the illustrious leaders of the Communist Party of China for their enormous foresight and vision in selecting Canada as the best prospect for Chinese colonization. We also have to thank Canadian leaders, who either through political sympathy or blind naivete helped Beijing further those plans.

“We must first thank Pierre Elliot Trudeau, who from personal ideological conviction, first opened the door to better Canada-China relations. His work was ably carried on by his successor Jean Chretien, who helped improve relations between our two countries, despite criticism and political or public opposition.

“But the most credit for the present state of affairs goes to the unlikeliest Canadian politician of them all: Prime Minister Stephen Harper! At first he gave all the indications of being an intransigent opponent to better Canada-China relations. What with his refusal to visit China after his first election; his constant declarations regarding his support of basic human rights and democratic principles and his repeated announcements that his government would not sell out its principles for the ‘almighty dollar.’

“But a few well-placed words of criticism from the Beijing leadership of the time and from his businessmen friends who desired closer economic ties with China, and he fell into line faster than a hot knife cuts through butter.

“He flung open the doors the previous Liberal leaders had barely nudged at, by letting Beijing-owned and run companies buy up the last square inch of the tar sands, every privately or publicly owned forest and every viable mine. Anything that was in the best interests of the business elite, especially his friends in the oil industry, as well as Chinese investors, whether or not it was in the best interests of the Canadian public, was approved or supported without a second thought. He wisely sugar-coated these decisions for the Canadian electorate, claiming they would lead to increased jobs in these industries, even though most were short-lived and many others never materialized, while systematically selling off to Beijing Canada’s natural resources and ultimately its sovereignty.

“Further he increased immigration levels from the motherland and even helped alleviate some of its problems with the aged, by accepting the parents and grandparents of Chinese immigrants under Canada’s special ‘family reunification’ program. This eased some of the pressures on our motherland’s health system and eased the need for Beijing to support its elderly citizens. Few Canadian politicians expressed concern about the added burden this put on the Canadian taxpayers.

“Stephen Harper opened up Canadian universities to Chinese students, providing them with scholarships and the opportunity for immigration, as well as wonderful jobs upon graduation. What he did not appear to have realized, was that by doing this, he made it harder and harder for native-born or resident Canadian citizens to obtain a university education.

“The high immigration levels and our own healthy birth rate, within a few short decades allowed us to become the largest ethnic group in the country. We now outnumber all other ethnic groups in Canada combined, making up nearly 65 per cent of the population.

“As of tomorrow, this country will be officially known as “Chinada”. While the much-vaunted bilingualism program will remain, the two official languages are to be Cantonese and Mandarin, not English and French. Parliament is to be abolished, as well as all political opposition parties. From this day forth, there will be only the one political party, with our government modelled upon the Communist Chinese system.

“Anyone objecting to or protesting against these changes will be rounded up and sent to join the political agitators already imprisoned in our Gulag, sorry I mean resident in our ‘holiday camps’ on Baffin Island.

“Long live our illustrious, political leadership, both here and in China!”

To some, this scenario may sound simplistic and unrealistic. But a look at statistics will show that this is quite a plausible development. In the last fifteen years, close to half a million people from the People’s Republic of China, not from our allies Taiwan or Singapore, but from Communist China, have immigrated to Canada, making that country the primary source for new immigrants. While having more than one child is illegal in China, unless the parents are prepared to pay a hefty fine, many recently arrived Communist Chinese immigrants are about to, or have already, produced their third child. How many of these families have orders from Beijing to produce as many children as possible to increase the Chinese presence in Canada? Already many Toronto area schools look more like ‘Beijing Elementary’ and ‘Shanghai High’, than the schools we attended.

As I go about my everyday activities, I have the feeling that large parts of Toronto, not to mention Markham (the same can also be said for Vancouver and other large Canadian cities), have been moved, lock, stock and barrel, and dropped into the middle of Beijing. One would probably see more non-Chinese residents and tourists in that city, than I do in my area of the greater Toronto area (GTA) today! The number of Chinese babies and toddlers, as well as barely mobile seniors, I see daily is staggering. The changes that have occurred over the last fifteen to twenty years are both staggering and frightening.

Whether Liberal or Conservative, our political leaders treat Communist China as if it was our ideological ally and most trusted friend! All because of China’s enormous wealth, achieved with the help of western corporations which moved their manufacturing facilities to China, in search of greater and greater profit at the expense of the domestic workforce.

For years, foreign companies have been buying up Canadian companies, usually to the detriment of those same companies. When economic conditions deteriorate, the Canadian subsidiaries are the first to be shut down and their employees thrown out of work. Now, Chinese government-owned or run companies are trying to buy up Canadian companies, particularly natural resource companies such as those involved in the oil sands. Already owning twenty percent of the Alberta oil sands, China is seeking to buy more. One of the dirtiest industries is being slowly taken over by a country which has the least concern for the environment. Air and water pollution in China is a disaster. With no concern for their own environment, how can anyone imagine that Chinese companies would have any concern for Canada’s environment. Rather than preserving our natural resources for the benefit of future generations of Canadians, Ottawa under Stephen Harper is eager to sell them off as fast as possible and has already approved the sale of many resource companies at an alarming rate.

There are several other worrying trends which bode ill for the future.

In the spring, Immigration Minister Jason Kenny announced that Canada was eager to accept as immigrants any Chinese citizens willing to invest a few million dollars here. What guarantee do we have about how the money was obtained, whether legally or illegally, and whether these potential immigrants have a criminal record?

Just this month, a recent Chinese immigrant was arrested on a 14-year outstanding U.S. murder charge. Having returned to China after the murder, he came to Canada as a refugee claimant. Despite being fingerprinted during the application process, the arrest warrant was not discovered and he was given permanent resident status! How many other individuals are out there in similar circumstances? Could it be that our immigration ministry has some well-placed recently minted Canadian citizens from Communist China employed in strategic positions? Years ago, unless you had an Anglo surname, a government job was out of reach. Today, because of ‘anti-discrimination’ laws, any recently arrived citizen can get hired in government jobs at all levels. Can you imagine Communist China reciprocating?

Announcements in business sections of Canadian newspapers show similar lack of judgement on the part of the private sector. A number of Canadian corporations have already hired, to important posts, business executives coming directly from Communist China! While they may be competent in their respective fields, to whom do they owe their first loyalty: Communist China or Canada?

Similarly, many Canadian banks employ increasing numbers of Chinese immigrants in their institutions. Their heavy accents are clear indications of their recent arrival. How trustworthy are these new employees? All it takes is one well-placed foreign agent and the banks can be destroyed from within. We have already seen how rogue traders (Nick Leeson at Barings Bank; Jerome Kerviel at SocGen Bank and Kweku Adoboli at UBS) have brought down or nearly destroyed financial institutions in England and France. Can you imagine what just one well-placed Chinese agent can achieve in today’s world, where financial ruin can be just one computer click away? Or the government secrets other well-placed individuals can steal?

To those individuals who were children during, and especially after, the ‘Cold War’, all this may sound paranoid. Unfortunately, this is how communists work and, despite adopting capitalist methods, China remains ideologically a one-party, communist state.

At one time refugees from Communist China risked their lives to escape to Hong Kong. A number of these eventually immigrated to Canada. Today, Chinese citizens only have to go to the nearest Canadian embassy to apply for immigration! The Chinese Communist system has changed little ideologically since that time, while we have changed our attitude towards that country, to our own future detriment.

One of the only benefits of a one-party system is a consistency in government policy. Whereas most democratic countries can barely maintain a consistent policy within a mandate, with changing political parties in power, long-term planning is almost impossible. Changing directions in domestic as well as foreign policy is a given. Such is not the case with China. Ten, twenty, fifty or even a hundred year national policy objective is not only possible, it is very likely. Thus, while western governments are continually changing or reassessing their attitudes towards Communist China, Beijing is patiently proceeding to fulfil its long-range plans, towards a future many of us in the West will probably regret. And in such a climate, the scenario above is quite possible!

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