A Corrupt Marriage Has To End


The firestorm over Mainland Chinese miners reached new heights this week. Documents now reveal that these so-called Temporary Foreign workers could be allowed to stay here for up to 15 years !!! This is more evidence of the cunning and deceit behind this entire project, of the collusion of the provincial government and of the similarity between this cunning and the cunning practiced 100+ years ago by Chinese labourer contractors.

What has occurred has elicited a few signs of divorce in the marriage between Canada’s media and the immigration lobby. Up till now, our media have largely supported immigration policy and have parroted what the immigration lobby tells them.  But lately, even our CBC has been reduced to sentimentally defending (a) highly questionable Roma refugee claimants and (b) the detained children of parents awaiting deportation. It’s possible that even the CBC also will be forced to admit that its marriage partner (the immigration lobby) is as sleazy as could be found.  

We will return to the Temporary Foreign Worker issue next week, but let’s look at the marriage between Canadian media and the immigration lobby. In particular, let’s examine the marriage between the CBC and that lobby.

In the past week, CBC’s Vice President of English Programming Kirsten Stewart delivered her annual “Holiday” message to CBC Radio listeners. Significantly, it does not mention the word “Christmas”.  When we pointed this out to CBC’s Audience Relations (AR), the AR spokeswoman became very agitated and told us that many other groups had celebrations at “this time of the year”. In the view of Audience Relations, “CBC VP Kirsten Stewart did not want to offend any of these groups. That was probably why she had not used the word ‘Christmas’ in her message.”

When we asked Audience Relations (AR) what groups and celebrations she was referring to, she declared, “Jews. Hanukkah and lots of others”. Now, the problem with saying that is that earlier this month in probably every major outlet of the CBC, its hosts or reporters  either wished the CBC audience “Happy Hanukkah” or devoted some time to describing the historical events surrounding Hanukkah. And before that, CBC hosts and reporters grovelled over Diwali and Ramadan, often interviewing many people who explained the background of these events.

The AR person got very testy when we told her that Hanukkah and other “Christmas” imitators pale into insignificance when compared with Christmas. And her patience reached its end when we asked, “If CBC hosts use the words “Diwali” and “Ramadan” multiple times and then devote whole programme segments to these major events in East Indian and Muslim culture, why is the word ‘Christmas’ and its background virtually erased from the CBC calendar?” After all, most Canadians come from a Christian background, in contrast to the numbers who celebrate Diwali and Ramadan. In addition, the birth of Jesus is celebrated with official holidays in most of the western world, and also recognized all over the globe, a claim that no other religious festival can make. So, once again, why did the CBC’s VP of English Broadcasting which is funded by all Canadians omit that word? Apparently “overwhelmed”, CBC Audience Relations hung up on us.

The CBC Vice-President’s message reveals many things about the marriage between the media (particularly our CBC) and the immigration lobby. In fact, these things rival in importance all of the sleazy things that are now being revealed about the Temporary Foreign Worker programme and Canada’s regular immigration programme. Here are two of those “things” :

(1) Our CBC officially supports Multiculturalism and Journalistic Balance, but its interpretation of the word “Multiculturalism” means that the CBC cannot fulfill its obligation to provide “Journalistic Balance”. For example, to many Canadians, the word “multiculturalism” means accepting different ethnic groups. Within significant limits, most Canadians accept this idea. But what is one of the most important limits? Most Canadians would say they don’t want to be overwhelmed. Why? Many can trace their roots in Canada back a couple of hundred years or more, and they don’t want to see their ancestors’ work disappear.  Most Canadians recognize the past effects of colonization on First Nations groups and they have no desire to see Canada re-colonized.  However, if the CBC’s version of   “multiculturalism” is put into practice, Canadians must accept Canada’s high immigration intake, cultural overwhelming, and re-colonization. No question period is to be allowed.  

In other words, the CBC’s definition means they will promote the slow erasure of  Canada. What the CBC VP did in her “Holiday Greeting” may not seem all that significant, but it is. It indicates a clear intent to continue, in her important role and in the CBC’s general role as the propaganda arm of the immigration lobby, to erase traditional Canada.

(2) To achieve its goal, the CBC has promoted a large amount of programming which subtly and unsubtly conveys its message. For example, a few years ago, it attracted world attention by creating the TV series “Little Mosque on the Prairie” . It took that name  from an American TV series called “Little House on the Prairie”, which portrayed wholesome American life on its prairie states in the 19th Century. The CBC used its series to promote the idea that Muslim immigration to Canada and indeed, all immigration to Canada, no matter which countries it originated from or how high the intake happened to be, was harmless. To the CBC, European countries who had experienced large problems with Muslims and other immigrants had gotten it wrong. In the CBC’s view, Canada now had it right.

In 2011, the CBC immigration story became even stranger. In a great twist, Kirsten Stewart, the Vice President of English CBC married Zaib Shaikh, the star of “Little Mosque on the Prairie”.  She may never have intended her wedding to assume symbolism for the entire country, but it is hard not to see symbolism in that event. In fact,  many Canadians would say that the marriage ironically symbolizes  the previous wedding of the CBC to the immigration lobby.

Our overall point is that the CBC, a publicly-funded organization which was founded to promote the interests of Canada,  lost its way when it ‘married” the immigration lobby whose ultimate intent is to destroy Canada.

Some might say this is an exaggeration. After all, CBC’s  audience is not large. But the CBC through its public funding is able to research many issues which only some of the private media can afford to do. Consequently, the CBC’s effect is much greater. Even though always one-sided, its research gets repeated by the private media who have adopted the same views. In general, the CBC, the well-off private media and the less well-off frequently now regularly parrot one another. This is a major problem in all Canadian media.

There are notable exceptions. The work of Postmedia’s Peter O’Neil and a few of his colleagues (who have done some excellent work in exposing corruption in the Temporary Foreign Worker programme) is one. The work done by a handful of other reporters has been very good. But the work done by most media on the immigration issue is timid, low-quality cheer-leading.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council which oversees our private media should not have allowed our private media to get away with such nonsense. The Canadian Radio and Television Commission which oversees the CBC should have exercised its power (via issuing broadcasting licenses to the CBC) to end the CBC’s role as propagandist for the immigration lobby.

To sum up, the marriage between Canada’s media and the immigration lobby has to end. Such a divorce is long, long overdue.