BC MPs … and MOST BC Media … SILENT as Quebec Rips Off BC

6
269

 

CanadianMilchCow
The Milch Cow, a cartoon first published in the December 15, 1915, edition of the Grain Growers Guide, was part of an exhibit of editorial cartoons on Western Alienation at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. (Glenbow Museum NA3055-24) Though almost a century ago, the balance of power is still slanted in favor of the Eastern Establishment. It is time Westerners took charge of their own destiny. Published courtesy of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. The cow is the unofficial logo of the TruckSpeaker (The three pails are labeled: Ottawa; Toronto; Montreal)

 

 

harveyoberfeldmorerecentImage
Harvey Oberfeld

 

By Harvey Oberfeld

Keeping It Real

August 4, 2016

 

 

 

for BC I told you so!

Three years ago, the media and I shone the spotlight on a blatant rip off of BC taxpayers (Ontario too) being perpetrated by Quebec … to the tune of MILLIONS OF DOLLARS each year: HERE

As Vancouver Sun reporter Peter O’Neill outlined then, and reiterated in a follow up weeks ago:

“That program lets wealthy foreigners effectively buy permanent residence status in Canada, but research has indicated that most settle outside Quebec and especially in B.C.

“As a result, Quebec gets the financial benefits from the cash-for-visa program while, say critics, B.C. has to deal with both the positives and negatives associated with the arrival of wealthy migrants.

Benefits for B.C. include the stimulation of the economy with luxury purchases. But new arrivals — including the spouses and children of “astronauts” who work and pay taxes overseas — also use public education and health care services, plus they play a role in driving up real estate prices.”

You can read O’Neil’s full article on the subject here: http://vancouversun.com/news/politics/feds-wont-fight-sweetheart-quebec-immigration-program-despite-b-c-fallout.

The way the Quebec program works:  Foreign investors who have a net worth of $1.6 million need only “invest” $800,000 in a Quebec 5-year bond to gain landed immigrant status there … even if they fail to remain/live there.  At the end of the five-year period, they get their $800,000 back, but Quebec keeps any interest etc.

Last year alone, Quebec reportedly took in $345 million …. from investor-class “immigrants” … most of whom left immediately for BC. or Ontario … provinces that picked up the TOTAL cvosts of absorbing, settling them and their families.

It’s outrageous, of course, but what is EVEN MORE OUTRAGEOUS is how NONE of the federal parties … Liberals, Tories, NDP … have called for an end to the Quebec ripoff program!

Where are BC’s MPs????   Lickspittles ….  all of them!

To HIS credit, BC NDP MLA David Eby HAS spoken up …demanding the BC government take a stronger stand with Ottawa: http://vancouversun.com/news/national/quebec-immigrant-program-increases-in-popularity-with-downsides-for-b-c.

“The silence from the B.C. government has been absolutely startling,”  Eby told The Sun.

“In effect, they are content with a program that brings major housing affordability problems, while allowing many wealthy migrants to use British Columbia’s social services virtually for free.”

The BC Liberals say they have raised the issue with the rederal government …to no avail.

But apart from The Sun, where are BC’s media ?????

This is a GREAT West Coast story … that not only cries for extended coverage and exposure   but justice as well.

Where is Global TV; or CTV; or CBC ????

This is not a story where passing coverage …. or no coverage … is good enough.

They should ALL be championing this BC cause …  going after the federal government EVERY DAY on this issue; chasing down BC’s disgracefully-silent MPs  … and even Quebec MPs too, showing them defending the rip-off of BC taxpayers …  instead of just bringing us the latest BORING police blotter crud, press conference promos and filler fluff!

Is this the result of having news coverage decisions for the West Coast being made in Toronto?   Or just local news management incompetence?

The cost to BC of this Quebec fraud is unjustifiable in any way … except politically for ALL the federal parties.

Time for BC to make this a MAJOR issue with ALL the parties in Ottawa!

Harv Oberfeld

 

 

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. I predict a Trump like character will appear in Canada since we are about five years behind the US. Canadian immigration is out of control. Medical tourists are placing a strain on the system to obtain Canadian citizenship and dirty money is flowing into the country t aa record pace.

  2. Canada, the Rodney Dangerfield of the world’s nations, a country whose citizenship can be bought. Canadian citizenship has become the equivalent of Panamanian and Liberian registry for ships, but instead of ships, we are dealing with people.

  3. Great article Harvey,nobody will touch Quebec especially with Mr Selfie in Ottawa,to many seats,lets talk about the 10b in transfer payments they get from us.

  4. I understand where Harv is going here but I want to make one thing clear. We already have a two tiered medical system in Canada. Nobody moves to Canada so that they can get sick and freeload off of the rest of us. I think more investment in B.C. would be a good thing, whether it be from Alberta or South Korea. And I would like to see more foreign doctors, nurses and other staff to want to move here, as well. Make this an attractive place to move to!

  5. Write the story for them, issue it to them as a press release. They will ALL report it on the same day. It will suddenly become a big story. Don’t wait for them to come up with it by themselves – they don’t have the expertise or interest – but they can rip and read. Do it.

  6. 1.6 million is almost laughable.
    If you own even a relatively small condo in, say, Hong Kong or Tokyo, your “net worth” is probably significantly more than that.
    It’s a whole different economy.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.