Our Relationship with the United States
Regarding the Safe Third Country Agreement that is no longer working as intended.
Regarding the Safe Third Country Agreement that is no longer working as intended.
Social issues concerning perspectives on immigration.
Addressing forward economic mobility for underprivileged and middle-class Canadians.
Canada first began experiencing an influx of “irregular” border crossers in early 2017, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would end a program that offered temporary protected status to migrants from several countries in the United States. Over 40,000 asylum-seekers have since arrived in Canada from the U.S., avoiding official border checkpoints where they would have been turned back.
Unfortunately, since the influx or irregular border crosses, our politicians have struggled to achieve some form of equitable compromise with our southern neighbour, Canada's most strategic and significant ally. The lack of an effective working relationship with the United States, has provided leverage to political entities in Canada, to latch onto the extremist rhetoric espoused from neo-Conservative politicians in the United States and Europe regarding mass-immigration propoganda. This harmful and misleading narrative serves only to undermine our efficient and effective immigration and refugee system.
It's abundantly clear that our influx of asylum-seekers from the U.S. is barely a drop in the bucket of the immigration reform issues they have to tackle from both a legislative and administrative perspective. Rather than put the onus on the U.S. to solve what has become our problem, we need strong leadership to address it directly, competently and decisively. Canada still has an admirable exceptionalism when it comes to immigration and refugees, however the broad support drops when unpredictable issues erupt, and when our leaders are unable to mobilize the federal government with experience, to address these issues and reassure Canadian's that we have their best interests in mind.
If elected as your Member of Parliament, I would rally public support for a Made-in-Canada solution to the flaws in 'The Safe Third Country Agreement', and encourage lawmakers to collaborate with communities facing the brunt of the stress of irregular border crossings, to identify legislative and financial solutions in a timely matter.
"...Over 96 percent of the population was European in origin. We therefore oppose all efforts to deny or weaken the European character of Canada..." - Council of European Canadians.Statements like this one are the kind of thinly-veiled racism that do not belong in the public theatre. The concept that part of the European settlement in Canada is valid, but the natural progression of society in Canada, guided by democratically-elected 'eurocanadians', is somehow not valid, shows an immature view of entitlement by divinity or birthright. Self-determination, not pre-determination, is what we should be fighting for, and that someone from what claims to be a council of European Canadians should be all too familiar with, considering Europe's storied history of conflicts over self-determination, amongst other things.
Let me make my position explicitly clear: I do not support censorship of ideological viewpoints. The virile racism, anti-immigration sentiment and euro-Canadian ideology isn't simply a result of closet racists finding a medium to express themselves. The solution isn't to censor this vocal minority, or to stoop down to the level of identity politics or racial segregation. The only effective way to help young Canadians that feel oppressed or overlooked, is to first accept that the middle-class is dissolving at a rapid pace, leaving behind low-paying service level jobs, or high-skilled careers that demand years of experience or higher education. The manufacturing sector, a middle-class staple for hard-working individuals that often didn't require a college-level education, has declined drastically: "It is often noted, with reason, that manufacturing has been shrinking in all advanced industrial countries. But the decline in output in Canada from 2002 to 2011 was, according to a database assembled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the worst of thirteen industrial countries."
The one thing that I have noticed about the groups fostering this eurocanadian ideology, is that instead of tackling the real issues such as a declining middle-class, there's this promotion of entitlement for being born eurocanadian. To me, that's the most anti-Canadian mentality I've heard of, every Canadian that I've worked with, that came from generations of Canadians before them, all share stories of hard-work, even harder lessons learned through trial and error, the real values of social value built on the foundation of meritocracy, and an inherent, quite Canadian compassion that comes from overcoming real adversity. Entitlement based on some kind of birthright doesn't build character, it takes away from it.
The drastic changes Canada faces in our socioeconomic dynamics are a major fuel for divisiveness and a feeling of hopelessness. Although it's not a justification for it, I understand how certain groups try to solicit personal and financial gain from creating racial divides out of clearly non-racial, economic and political issues. As someone that is standing up to fight to all Canadians, I disavow identity politics, would instead champion legislation and extensive judicial and economic reform, to help restore hope and forward-mobility to our suburban towns and cities. By fighting for economic mobility and providing hope to every Canadian, we can show that there's no superior or inferior races of people, just Canadians from all different backgrounds, looking to manifest their destiny in their own unique way.
We must not get carried away with the success of public enterprise in Canada. Our unique history with public enterprise, has helped establish Canada in industries that had otherwise posed either too great a risk for private ownership, or were deemed required additional oversight for the best interests of the Canadian public. We can pull examples of publicly-owned, successful endeavors throughout every province. However, I caution that yes, there are business endeavours that do not suffer, in some cases prosper, under public ownership, but that the backbone of our economy, the 98.2% of all businesses in Canada, are built on the backs of small business and free enterprise.
There is an important role that government must play to enable forward economic mobility in Canada, and if elected as your Member of Parliament, I would provide critical oversight to highlight legislation and policies that impede Canadians from participating in the free market. My goal would be to work closely with business owners and organizations, and reach across provincial and municipal government bodies, to advance a common-sense approach to legislation and policy that would help grow our local economy.
A major issue we're currently dealing with in Kelowna-Lake Country, and throughout Canada, is the drastic growth of digital access to physical services. Companies like AirBNB and Uber get a significant amount of attention, but are only two of several hundred new, more versatile ways to access the marketplace. I fear that without aggressive advocacy for a light-touch approach on legislation, Canada will be unable to keep pace with an aggressively growing sector around the industrialized world. Not only does our position on these kind of companies affect our global accessibility, but will directly affect opportunities for individuals, people that may otherwise struggle to meet some arbitrary standard set by some middle-manager, in industries that otherwise demand competition.
All Canadians benefit from increased competition because it encourages businesses to work harder to be better than everyone else so people will buy from them, or use their service. The pressure of competition brings new and innovative ideas, new products, and better prices. The government should not be making moves to protect large industries that would thrive with competition, as this stems innovation and although indirectly, enables discriminatory practices based upon arbitrary, sometimes outdated standards. Competition and fair legislation that allows business to operate under free enterprise principals, is the greatest equalizer of lower-income and middle-class Canadians.