To ensure prosperity, immigration reform must not halt the flow of newcomers

by John Ibbitson

Globe and Mail, July 8, 2012


A recent Ipsos Reid poll shows that 36 per cent of Canadians believe that this country’s high immigration levels are harming the economic recovery.

The good news is that 41 per cent believe immigration is doing more good than harm. Nonetheless, three quarters of all Canadians (72 per cent) don’t want immigration levels to increase, as this newspaper has urged. Only three in 10 (28 per cent) would welcome even more new arrivals.

If nativist fears choke Canada’s unparalleled intake of 250,000 newcomers a year, the economy will suffer. New data from the Economist magazine proves exactly that point.