2 thoughts on “Christmas Wishes”

  1. Mark –

    No I disagree.

    I think it’s false to equate cultural sustainability with a specific ethno-cultural group’s fertility rate. Culture and language transcend myopically-defined and generally illogical demographic lines anyways.

    That said, it’s in our collective best interest as a nation (and by that I mean all of Canada) to increase the fertility rate of the middle-class, which I’ll acknowledge is primarily (though by no means exclusively) of mixed-European ancestry. I want more children born into the middle-class than any other class and I want all of us, as a nation, to acknowledge the strength of this class and it’s necessary sustainability. I want us to ensure this class thrives and that the Canadian middle-class ideal is lived and enjoyed by as many as possible. I think it’s vital that there is a local majority of citizens born into the middle-class and who understand, fundamentally, the value of the Canadian state and how the state supports this class.

    I think it’s unwise for a nation as young as we are to place too high an emphasis on immigration as the primary method by which we sustain population growth. I’m not averse to immigration per se, but I don’t think it’s wise to bring in more people when there’s a finite job pool and stagnant 7% unemployment (of course, the door should always be open for refugees; I believe we have a duty to welcome and assist those whose lives have been destroyed by war, fascism, genocide etc.)

    That said, this is all moot if immigration were organized by the federal government in such a way that immigrant populations were dispersed throughout rural Canada, much in the same way as it was in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Back then, gov’t policy was very straightforward – we needed to grow, rapidly, and we had immense amounts of open land to be cultivated. Ergo, immigrants got a parcel of land and as such we brought in a very large number of farmers, many of whom were from various countries in Central, Northern and Eastern Europe who settled the Prairies and whose descendants make up the majority populations in those provinces today.

    We still have plenty of land, and government keeps talking about Northern Development. I’m all in favour of increasing immigration if it followed a similar scheme as to that I just described, as I can imagine Northern Development won’t get going until this nation has made a renewed effort to solidify the middle-class and the industrial economy they depend on. If the Canadian middle-class has access to high-quality jobs that can provide for a home, education for the kids, a comfortable retirement etc, they’ll have more kids, and this as true of British Columbia and New Brunswick as it is for Québec.

    But I digress…

    Our national policy, inasmuch as the provincial policy, should be to facilitate the middle-class’ growth and long-term sustainability. That way everyone wins – higher fertility rates, sustainable suburbs, and a future worth planning for.

  2. “I wish the PQ would realize there is no threat to Québec’s language, culture or identity”

    This is false, there IS a threat to Québec.

    [Bouchard drew considerable ire when he said on October 14, 1995, “We’re one of the white races that has the fewest children.”]wikipedia

    Women are choosing not to have children.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:World_population_growth rate 1950–2050.svg

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub-replacement_fertility

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