Thus far in the federal election campaign, the issue of immigration has been debated mainly by not talking about it.
Two of the biggest “media” stories have been:
– Controversy over a billboard campaign featuring a picture of People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, accompanied by the words: “Say NO to Mass Immigration”.
– Controversy over a Vancouver Sun column the paper ran criticizing ethnic diversity that it publicly denounced within hours of publishing it.
In the case of the billboards, Bernier didn’t put them up but said he agreed with the sentiment. They were quickly taken down by those who erected them, saying they were responding to public complaints the message they contained was racist.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policy is to increase Canada’s annual intake of immigrants until it is 1% of Canada’s population every year.
That has translated into targets of 300,000 immigrants in 2017; 310,000 in 2018; 330,000 this year and 340,000 in 2020. (Canada’s current population is 37.7 million.)