Immigration – Citizenship and Loyalty
Canada has always been a land of hope and opportunity for people from around the world precisely because of our Judeo-Christian heritage that ensures nobody is above the law.
Adherence to the rule of law must be protected or Canada risks becoming like other countries, which due to inadequately developed immigration laws, are now dealing with strident cultural groups which insist that their new host country accept the tenets of the country they have left behind as the means by which to establish cultural norms and settle disputes and conflicts.
In this area, Sharia law with its demands for cultural and legal accommodation in places such as the UK, the Netherlands, and other Western nations, must receive special attention. Sharia law, which endorses such things as the denial of equal rights for women under the law, female genital mutilation, honour killings, polygamy, violence against homosexuals, jihad, dhimmitude and the death of infidels will be strenuously opposed under a CHP immigration programme.
Such demands are a violation of the principle of loyalty to the new country and are far in excess of our common understanding of multiculturalism. The CHP rejects cultural relativism, and asserts that not all cultures are equal or equally good. Canada, as part of the British Commonwealth, owes its distinct cultural heritage to the Judeo-Christian worldview and norms. Our laws, customs, and freedoms can be traced directly to this heritage. Thus, Canadian immigration will balance respect and appreciation for the diversity of people of different ethnic backgrounds with respect for Canada’s Christian heritage, while not diminishing the latter. Whatever the country of origin, we must build a primary sense of being “Canadian” and forcefully reject any attempt contrary to this vision.
This means that new immigrants must acknowledge and respect that Canada’s cultural heritage is rooted in a Judeo-Christian worldview which is the foundation of our national identity and laws. The decision to choose to live in Canada must be accompanied by patriotism and loyalty to Canada and our democratic values and morals. Previously held traditions and legal systems incompatible with Canada’s culture and law must be abandoned.
The very core of the Canadian citizenship oath is the declaration of loyalty to the Queen of Canada, and the pledge to “faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.” Therefore, to enjoy the privilege of living in Canada, immigrants – although proud of their own cultural heritage – must pledge their allegiance to the new land which they have chosen to call their home.
Therefore, as a prerequisite to entry into Canada, immigrants, as part of their application process, must sign a formally binding pledge whereby they:
- Agree to abide by Canadian law.
- Agree to forego or abandon practices and traditions that are contrary to Canadian law and tradition such as:
- Sharia Law – which includes but is not limited to “honour” killings, polygamy, and the wearing of the burqa or niqab face covering in public
- Gang Violence
- Religious beliefs that run contrary to the Charter in that they demean individuals or jeopardize public safety
- Terrorism – which includes promoting and supporting subversive terrorist groups (the most numerous are those involving Muslim extremists, but there are others such as Tamil and Sikh organizations) in their country of origin and worldwide
All such practices that constitute a violation of the signed pledge will be considered serious enough to warrant deportation back to the country of origin.
Note: This is not to say that refugees and immigrants cannot be involved in peaceful efforts, which are not in contravention of Canadian law, to draw attention to the plight of their former countrymen in order to help bring about change.
Immigrants who are admitted will be expected to adopt Canada’s cultural norms, to educate their children to be proud of their new country and make a contribution to its betterment. The CHP will ensure that entry into Canada is only granted to those wishing to truly integrate into Canadian society.
Immigration — Economy
CHP Canada acknowledges that as a nation, we have a rich history of immigration, and we will continue to welcome immigrants to our shores. The Canadian economy cannot grow successfully without the skilled labour necessary to do so and immigration can be a source of such labour.
We therefore support Canada’s immigration point system which ensures that economic migrants add to the national skill set.
At the same time, this aspect of Canadian immigration policy is amongst the many that are fraught with problems. For instance there is no monitoring of the correlation between the job skills presented by potential immigrants and those demanded by labour market forces. This is a contributing factor to the many immigrants who have not been able to find satisfactory employment.
The CHP will therefore closely monitor labour market needs and match those needs with immigration applicants. This will help the new immigrant to readily establish themselves as contributing members of Canadian society, and prevent a drain on the social services for immigrants who cannot find employment.
Another aspect of Canadian immigration policy which needs to be re-evaluated is the use of immigration to try to reduce the ever increasing unfunded liabilities created by the growing numbers of those entitled to collect Canada’s CPP and OAS. Immigration has been touted as the necessary offset to the growing burden of retiring workers, but research from the Fraser Institute shows that this is unachievable and unsustainable.
Often new immigrants are middle-aged and will be retiring themselves in a short number of years. CHP Canada would place greater long-term emphasis on strengthening the family, and increasing the national birth rate, coupled with short-term immigration of skilled and qualified immigrants.
Immigration — Terrorism and Screening
- Canada currently identifies over 50 terrorist organisations active in Canada;
- Terrorism is a global threat and a threat to Canada’s national security;
- Canada is currently at war with an enemy that espouses a particularly dangerous and pernicious ideology, radical Islam, which seeks the subjugation of the entire world to its ideology;
- Canada has the world’s highest immigration rate, between 1990 and 2009 our population increased by 3.9 million. In the nine years between 1996 and 2005 well over 200,000 of those immigrants came to Canada from Muslim countries with high numbers of radical Islamists. These immigrants have received insufficient screening simply because the sheer size of the infrastructure required to screen such high numbers of immigrants does not exist in our Department of Immigration. Today, very few immigrants are even interviewed by a Canadian visa officer. The sheer weight of numbers means the vast majority of applicants are processed on paper only. With these kinds of numbers arriving within our borders there is also insufficient time to integrate these newcomers into the broader fabric of Canadian society. 1
Therefore, CHP Canada will immediately overhaul Canada’s current unsustainable policy of mass immigration to:
- Recognize that immigration is being used as a subtle and hidden form of jihad designed to undermine Canada’s Judeo-Christian culture; CHP Canada impose a moratorium on immigration from any Muslim nation and, in the meantime, work with the Canadian Muslim community until the threat is removed.
- Deny immigration to any person who advocates an ideology known to pose a threat to Canadians and Canadian society.
- Increase the resources available for screening and reduce the levels of immigration and refugee claims to levels, which can be adequately screened for security and criminal risks.
- Increase the use of detention for individuals whose identity is questionable, who pose a potential security threat, and those who have been ordered to leave;
- Continue to use the immigration security certificate which is a useful instrument for detaining and removing foreign terrorists;
- Track, stop, arrest, and if needed, deport individuals engaged in fundraising for the purpose of terrorism.
To sum up, the Canadian refugee and immigration system is inadequate to secure the nation from the threats posed by terrorism. The above steps are a beginning; CHP Canada will work on a comprehensive and complete review and overhaul of Canada’s current systems for the purpose of making Canada more secure from the threat of terrorism.2
2 For more information on Canadian immigration statistics, visit the Fraser Institute’s website.
Immigration — Population
Canada’s current birthrate of 1.6 children per female is below the 2.1 minimum needed to maintain viability as a nation. Governments have only lately begun to pay attention to the disastrous implications of this trend. In the past we have lived under the false security that any shortfall could be made up by increased immigration. It cannot.
Furthermore, in our secular quest for securing rights over responsibilities we have permitted the loss, since 1969, of over three million citizens through abortion. CHP Canada has championed a reversal of this trend by strengthening the family and advocating ‘Adoption over Abortion’ and has proposed practical solutions to this tragedy.
Studies conducted by the C.D. Howe Institute and the Fraser Institute confirm that there are greater financial, economic and social benefits to be gained by shifting the priority in population management away from immigration and toward domestic growth.
Immigration — Refugees
The foundation of a just refugee policy must reflect the core of our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage; love for one’s neighbour, and hospitality and compassion for victims of oppression, persecution and natural disasters.
The standards that normally apply to admitting new immigrants will be waived (with the exception of the oath of loyalty) on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Many refugees are unskilled and need extensive training in order to cope and adapt to our culture and find their place in Canada’s economy.
To ensure that help for refugees is channeled properly and their needs are best met, CHP will involve faith-based groups in a sponsorship and training program.
In order to protect the process for legitimate refugees seeking refuge in Canada, we would track, stop, arrest, and if needed, deport individuals engaged in human smuggling.
The CHP will move toward processing refugee claims in the country of origin through its Canadian embassy, where the basis of a refugee’s claims can be properly verified.
The CHP will limit refugee’s rights to that of a prompt, fair hearing focused on qualifying genuine need cases.
The CHP will require that all refugee claimants convicted of refugee fraud be disqualified from entering Canada for life.
The CHP will require refugees to show their good-faith and loyalty to Canada by providing valuable contribution to infrastructure projects, the public service, or the military for five years upon being landed in Canada, upon completion of which the refugee would be qualified to apply for Canadian citizenship.
The CHP will require that refugees with questionable claims have a sponsor, whether it be a church group, a family member, or an individual philanthropist. That sponsor would guarantee that the refugee abides by the law and does not become a burden on Canada’s social welfare system.
Immigration — Multiculturalism
The CHP welcomes and respects the cultural enhancements brought to Canada by people from every corner of the globe. We have a mosaic that has enriched Canada immensely in the form of:
- The arts, crafts, music, theatre, sports, and dance
- Specialised labour skills
- Science, technology and medicine
However, it is important that Canada protect those aspects of our culture that have made us one of the most desirable places on earth to live.