Is there any other way to look at this? Senior federal bureaucrats have been advised to hide the number of immigrants that come to this country each year so that Canadians don’t know the real facts.
A story published by Canadian Press, based off of access to information documents, shows that Canadians support immigration but that the level of support falls dramatically when the public is told how many immigrants actually come to Canada each year.
“Public support (often aided by a diversity of prominent stakeholders) in indispensable,” the department told the co-ordinating committee of deputy ministers during a meeting in April 2017 to discuss immigrant outcomes.
“But there could be a tipping point that, once reached, undermines the history of relative Canadian consensus.”
Seems the department has been doing some polling on Canadian immigration levels to gauge public support and just over 50% say the current level is “about right.” According to the story, departmental polling has shown similar levels of support since about 2012.
Then things get interesting, once the poll informs Canadians what the actual immigration levels are.
But most of those respondents believed the number of immigrants arriving every year was under 150,000. After they were told is has actually been 260,000 for the last few years, the number of people who then said they felt that was “too many” jumped from 23 to 32 per cent.
Hmmmmmm, funny that. Higher support when the public felt the numbers were lower, lower support when told the actual numbers. What is the department’s advice to senior management? Hide the truth.