Strangers at Our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540–2015 4th Edition, Kindle Edition
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Immigrants and immigration have always been central to Canadians’ perception of themselves as a country and a society. In this crisply written history, Valerie Knowles describes the different kinds of immigrants who have settled in Canada, and the immigration policies that have helped define the character of Canadian immigrants over the centuries. Key policymakers and shapers of public opinion figure prominently in this colourful story, as does the role played by racism.
This new and revised edition features a chapter on the Conservative government’s handling of immigration between 2006 and 2014. Special attention is paid to the role played by the activist minister Jason Kenney and his attempts to develop a faster, more flexible immigration regime. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Interim Federal Health Program are also discussed. The book’s final chapter, “Issues in the Twenty-First Century,” introduces new material relating to multiculturalism and outlines arguments supporting population growth, increased immigration, and decreased immigration.
Strangers at our Gates … deserves a wider audience and could serve as a useful starting point of research for all those who shape Canada’s immigration and refugee policies. ― New Canadian Media --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Valerie Knowles is a journalist and writer who has published eleven non-fiction works. From Telegrapher to Titan: The Life of William C. Van Horne won the University of British Columbia Medal for Canadian Biography for 2004 and the City of Ottawa Non-Fiction Book Award for 2005. She lives in Ottawa.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00XV9MCDU
- Publisher : Dundurn Press; 4th edition (March 5, 2016)
- Publication date : March 5, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 5195 KB
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- Print length : 337 pages
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The book devotes an inordinate amount of space to explaining that Canada has, for much of its history, defined itself as a white, European, English-speaking nation that got into trouble only when it started accepting “self-selected” refugees.
The defining refugee story in Canada’s history is, of course, the story of the Vietnamese boat people.
Knowles replaced the true story of the boat people with a well-worn (Conservative) historical revision that characterizes the boat people as nationals of the defunct Saigon military regime.
The truth is that Canada had a great respect for the Vietnamese nationalist fight against colonialism and understood from the beginning that the Saigon regime was doomed to fail. Canada’s response to the fall of Saigon was very measured and did not result in any “boat people” coming to Canada. Knowles fails to distinguish the American evacuation of Saigon from the expulsion of the ethnic Chinese 3 or 4 years later, to which Canada and UNHCR did respond.
To quantify the number of boat people brought to Canada, Knowles lifts a number from a sentence that her source (Adelman) wrote in the conditional perfect tense, that is, the tense that English speakers use to express something that did not happen in the past. It’s a characteristic trick used by the historical revisionists to suggest that the boat people crisis began 4 years earlier than it did, with the fall of Saigon.
Her oral source (Cal Best) for the Hai Hong story could have told her that Canada’s handling of the incident in late 1978 was not a response to the fall of Saigon, and that the ethnic Chinese refugees involved were not victims of the fall of Saigon, but it appears that Knowles did not ask for details.
For Conservatives in Canada it’s not enough that the boat people were rejecting communism. They must also be victims of the fall of Saigon.