Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
Some people really do care more about “Mother Nature” than human beings.
China and Canada are approximately the same size.
China’s population density is 365 human beings per square mile. Canada’s is 10 human beings per square mile.
But according to David Suzuki, this country’s leading environmentalist, our doors should be barred to new immigrants except in cases of emergency or oppression.
A National Post story says that, in an interview published July 1st and appearing in the French-language news weekly L’Express, “Suzuki was asked about Australian environmentalists who oppose immigration to their country because they believe population growth will drain natural resources past their breaking point.” He responded:
Oh, I think that Canada is full too! Even if it’s the second biggest country in the world, our usable land is reduced. Our immigration policy is enough to make you sick: we pillage the countries of the south by depriving them of their future professionals and we want to increase our population to help our economy grow. It’s crazy!” [bold added]
Offering immigrants a second chance in a safe, spectacularly beautiful, affluent country is usually it’s own reward. But Suzuki is against this sort of generosity because, horror-of-horrors, it will “help our economy grow.”
Suzuki is an out-there environmentalist. He thinks that growth is bad – except when it’s green groups expanding by leaps and bounds.
He thinks the very idea of making our economy stronger – in other words, getting the unemployed back to work and improving everyone’s standard of living – is “crazy.”
Because some people really do care more about “Mother Nature” than human beings.