originally posted by: snowspirit
Trudeau was an idiot for telling people "come to Canada, we're open for everyone", when we don't even have the housing and infrastructure to handle
the influx of people calling us "paradise", with our winter temperatures ......we have lots of undeveloped, inhabitable space
**its nice here, for the most part, but not "paradise". Not sure who started that rumour.
it's actually a few things involved in that rumor
. first off until rather recent in the scheme of things that not only those who were rich
could afford to travel. in the not too distant past the only foreigners they saw were the idle rich, who could afford to travel. even now most people
in foreign countries think everyone who is from a country like the US, Canada or western Europe is RICH
beyond belief. because of that, because
everyone who used to travel not too long ago were in fact the extremely rich. and thus they think that everyone must be that rich. it's actually a
bigoted and racial stereotype.
then on top of that, especially with the internet, they see
how much people get paid in those "rich countries". things like the arguing over a
$15/hour minimum wage for example. especially in countries where just earning $10/day, might be a great wage. so they know
. you see, they see such high wages, especially "minimum wages". but they do not see and in all honesty can not easily grasp the concept
that, Yes we do make that much. but that almost everything actually costs that much more. and that that huge wage of $15/hour, may not even be enough
to live on. i have literally blown minds telling people how much different things cost in the US and Canada. and many of them think you are actually
lying to them, that things cost more. that for example we pay TEN TIMES the price for a pack of cigarettes. that a cheap apartment they may pay the
equivalent of under $100/month would cost over $1,000/month. or that even that Ford truck they have was cheaper by almost $10,000 to buy, than they
would have paid for it in the US or Canada where it was built. that what they pay for their prescription medicine, would not even cover the cost the
pharmacy charges to give you the medication, forget about the cost of that medication. that that old North American who lives in that huge house, has
a full time cook and housekeeper. could not even afford to live in North America on his pension. which is why he lives there instead. or that that
pair of jeans they spent about $2 on, would cost them over $30 in North America.
they literally just can not mentally accept that sure people get paid more, but they also pay more for almost everything. they very seriously think
they can work at a job like McDonalds, and live in a huge house, have two or three cars, a swimming pool, raise a family with the wife at home not
working, AND send lots of money back home to support their families (extended families, like aunts, cousins, parents, siblings excreta. and it is
actually EXPECTED, that they will pretty much support their extended families). it is a very serious problem. and that is for the ones who are a bit
realistic. for many, they actually think that as soon as they step off the airplane they will automatically have all those things. that everyone in
North America has all those things, just for being there. i have a friend who is a teacher in the US/Canada (yes he has taught in both countries), who
married an immigrant. he had a big issue with his new in-law family expecting him to send them all sorts of money and gifts. i mean after all he is a
, and so had to be extremely well paid, and should be able to send them over $1,000/month easily to support them. i have seen the same
expectations of people who have gone offshore to work, where their families felt they were being greedy and not sending them thousands of dollars to
support them while working as housekeepers, or other low paying jobs. another friend who got married overseas just got their spouse to Canada
recently. they just about panicked when they went out to a store the first time and saw the prices of everything. talk about "sticker shock". and that
was after we had spent a long time warning them about that. they just could not believe it was true. they all "see" what people earn, and apply those
wages to what things cost in their home country. it's almost like some sort of weird mental block stopping them from understanding that along with big
pay, comes more expensive prices.
they also have no concept of cold temperatures in countries where unless you are up in the mountains, it is warmer all year than people in North
America try to keep their house temperatures. below zero Celsius
is again hard for them to accept as real. i was talking about winter to a
friend and that it could easily get below -20C. i thought their eyes were going to pop out of their head. "but that's colder than a freezer", was
their response. they just could not get their minds around temperatures that cold. i knew one person who went to Canada, who wore THREE winter coats
at a time their first winter. and i can understand that. after all the last summer i was back in North America, i only took my jacket off and was
really warm enough on the days they had "dangerous, high heat warnings"
out. or when i was in the desert/badlands area in the US. they are
quite simply unprepared. you can again tell them of the temperatures, but they just don't have any concept of that cold a temperature.
seriously pretty boy needs to be told to shut his trap about advertising that "everyone can go to Canada". the honest truth is that no matter how much
people might want to help people, especially the poor from poor countries, there quite simply is no possible way they can all go to Canada. i know i
could send him a few MILLION people just from one city in a small country. all of who are poor and deserving of a chance. but there is no way Canada
could support them. especially since most of them would never be able to work. not through any fault of their own. but because they have no real
education or skills that would be usable. which of course means that like many of those the idiot wants to bring to Canada, they would have to be
completely supported by the government for their entire lives. not because they are lazy, but because they literally have nothing usable skill wise.
in fact many don't even have enough education or skills to be productive in their own poor country. seriously just what could a person who may not
have even gone to school, who go through garbage looking for junk to sell, do for a job in Canada to support themselves? all the moron is doing, is
raising expectations of people and encouraging them to be greatly disappointed. he needs to be honest (probably even with himself) about the fact that
Canada can not help so many people especially at once. and if he really wanted to help people around the world, he could work to help them in their
home countries. it would not only help more people, but it would also be far cheaper on top of that.