Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Multicultural Face of Canada

Statistics Canada has just released the first wave of results from the 2006 Census - Population and dwelling counts.


A few items of interest:

1.) Total response rate 97%. (Globe)

So, we are either very good little Canadians who do as we are told, or else many of
us actually took that jail threat seriously.


2.) "Canada's population growth between 2001 and 2006 was higher than the previous intercensal period. " "Between 2001 and 2006, Canada's population growth was the highest among the G8 countries." (Statscan)

This is surprising considering our lack of laws concerning abortions. Obviously, our reliance on immigration is crucial and must continue, since we have no stomach to limit abortions in Canada.

Also interesting that the Globe noted that the population is "smaller than predicted", which would suggest that the other G8 nations must be doing really poorly.


3.) "Nearly 90% of Canada's population growth between 2001 and 2006 was concentrated in large metropolitan areas." (StatsCan)

Not surprising at all, but it means that politicians are going to have to increasingly pander to large cities in order to survive. This could possibly mean some kind of fallout for rural areas and farmers. In any case, those islands of red among the great sea of blue are of great importance to PMSH.


4.) Then there is the language issue - 64 of them according to the Census!


For better or for worse, the face of Canada is changing. There is no alternative. I wonder what our country will look like 20 years from now.


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Update: Mesopotamia West - The Face of Canada.

Kate has a detailed analysis - Stats Canada 2006 Census.

Joel at Proud to be Canadian has a great post - Like I said: 'Canada, Make Babies':

As approximately 18 people in Canada know (and this is by design of liberals and their media), there are no abortion laws in Canada, and women are free to get free taxpayer-paid abortions at any time at all in any pregnancy—(there’s no “you’re too far along” law in Canada—ANY time is a good time for an abortion in Canada), and can and do get an abortion—sometimes several—for any reason or no particular reason at all whatsoever. There’s simply no law. Canada’s liberals designed it and maintain it this way with the able help of their Supreme Court division. Go team.


The whole post is well worth the read.

Thursday Update: Good letters in the National Post re: their March 14 editorial "Start Making Babies":


If the government wants to increase Canadian birth rates instead of relying on immigration to bolster the population, perhaps the Minister of Finance's budget should consider full income spitting for families with babies. Every skilled immigrant taken from a Third World country reduces that country's ability to improve its own living standards. Beggaring your neighbour is a poor substitute for working together to make a better world.


A more truthful headline would have been: Stop aborting babies. We have over 100,000 innocent lives lost to abortion, oops, I mean "choice." Is it any wonder we have a "fertility crisis"?


Friday Update: Sun's Licia Corbella - Baby-Making Needed. Licia explains why immigration alone won't solve our problems. A must-read.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

well....if the Liberals somehow manage to get into power federally, and they push Kyoto down the throats of the oil and gas sector out west....I predict that Canada will split in 3.

Alberta and British Columbia will decide to become Alumbia....but Saskatchewan and Manitoba will feel more akin to the west than to the rest of Canada, so they will join Alumbia and a four province "country". Don't ask me what it will be called.

The maritimes provinces will be banded together as their problems/issues/lifestyles are similar.

Thus, Ontario and Quebec will be stuck with each other....which might work, because if the Liberals got into power federally, it's because of them.:-)

raz

Joanne (True Blue) said...

..but Saskatchewan and Manitoba will feel more akin to the west than to the rest of Canada, so they will join Alumbia and a four province "country". Don't ask me what it will be called.

Bigass Country?

Red Tory said...

Raz -- You clearly know nothing about B.C. if you think we'd merge with Alberta.

Anonymous said...

red tory....90% of my relatives live in British Columbia...that's probably why the province is so lame and crazy. :-)

However, politicians are more concerned with the economics of a merge than anything else.

Joanne..."bigass" country ....hope that's not a dig at the population out here....:-)...or are you just angry that I left you saddled with providing money to Quebec??? Joke...

Anyway, I hope that no one takes what I wrote too seriously, because I sure didn't.

raz

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Anyway, I hope that no one takes what I wrote too seriously, because I sure didn't.

Nah, I was just razzing ya! (Sorry)

Anonymous said...

Nah, I was just razzing ya! (Sorry)

...same here, because I meant the Ontario/Quebec thing as a joke. Guess it's not always so clear on the internet.

As for the intent of your original post, I will say that the future face of Canada "does" concern me....but, I don't know what to do about it. I don't like the feeling of powerlessness that goes along with watching one's country being "taken over" and I honestly think that this is the intent of some cultural groups. (shrug)

raz

John M Reynolds said...

Our total fertility rate increased over the past 5 years, so that may have helped too. According to the http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=19312&hint=2 page, the total fertility rate for Canada was 1.49 in 2000, 1.51 in 2001, and from google, 1.61 in 2006.

John M Reynolds said...

Our total fertility rate increased over the past 5 years, so that may have helped too. According to the http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=19312&hint=2 page, and various stat can pages, the total fertility rate for Canada was:
1.49 in 2000
1.51 in 2001
1.53 in 2003
1.53 in 2004
1.61 in 2006

That has to have at least a small positive effect.

Red Tory said...

My wife refused to complete the census form because she considered it an invasion of privacy (yes, she’s one of “those” people). They phoned a couple of times then a nice lady showed up at the door one weekend with a pro-forma version that I had to bluff my way through (with the help of the census-taker). Pretty funny… the information would have been next to useless.

PGP said...

Naw ..... Red ...just you won't be in the mix! ;)