CCS Note: This article was written by David B. Strutt and posted here with permission.
Canadians stopped reproducing themselves around about the end of the 1960’s. OK, let’s look at that again. Since 1970, the birth rate of old stock Canadians has stalled at about 1.6 children from 2 parents. Replacement rate is about 2.1 children per couple. In other words, in 1970, we sat at 77% of replacement rate. We are still at a 1.6 children/woman birth rate today.
The population of Canada in 1970 was 21 million. That old stock population has been on the DECLINE for 46 years (a little more than two generations). If left unaffected by immigration, that 1970 population would now be—are you ready for it?—12,450,900 people. From the 21 million in 1970, we would have dropped to 16,170,000 in 1993.
For all you demographers out there, yes … the calculation will be skewed by a bunch of other factors. However, for demonstration purposes, try to indulge me for a bit. During the 1970’s, Canada was still largely influenced by old immigration habits. In 1968, Quebec created its own department for immigration. That agency was tasked with bringing in ONLY French speaking immigrants. Sometimes they had to lower their standards and allow in Anglophones as well. That certainly changed the demographics for a chunk of the nation.
Let’s go back a little further. Canada’s population in 1871 was 3.6 million. There were about 136,000 Indians and Inuit. The French were at 1 million and the British population was 2.1 million. Other groups were much smaller: Germans (203,000), Dutch, American blacks, Swiss, Italians, Spanish, Portuguese. Over the ensuing 100 years, only 9.3 million immigrants entered Canada, and yet the population reached 21 million by 1971. Canadians were procreating with vigour.
All throughout the 19th century, immigration into Canada was largely unrestricted. There was an exception in 1885. Under pressure from British Columbia, the “head tax” was implemented expressly to limit Chinese immigration. That lasted until 1940. Otherwise, our only concern was keeping out criminals, paupers, the diseased, and the destitute. Regardless, immigration was mostly from the UK and Europe.
After a startling surge in immigration between 1903 and 1913, then WWI, and post war economic problems, a much more restrictive immigration policy was written and adopted. That policy remained pretty much unchanged until 1962. We can nail down that year as a point at which our immigration policies began to become more—how shall we say—”inclusive”.
The Green Paper.
During the 1970’s, an ongoing review of immigration and population policies kept a bunch of bureaucrats fat and happy. In 1975, a report to Parliament (The Green Paper) by a Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons was prepared. Surprise, surprise, the Liberal government accepted just about everything in the report and passed a new Immigration Act in 1976. Now the fundamental objectives of Canada’s immigration policy was to include the promotion of Canada’s, “… demographic, economic, social and cultural goals; family reunion; non-discrimination; the fulfillment of Canada’s international obligations in relation to refugees; and co-operation among all levels of government, as well as with the voluntary sector, in promoting the adaptation of newcomers to Canadian society.” — (Quote paraphrased from the Government of Canada archives.)
The stench of the UN is all over that Trudeauesque, Liberal disaster. To be an honest broker, I have to lay much of the blame for our current situation at the feet of the short-sighted Progressive Conservatives as well. Nothing of any import was done to fix things under ANY following governments.
As Trudeau’s Marxist experiment began bearing fruit in Canada (and I use the metaphor in the most ironic terms), well established cultural priorities and social mores began to unravel. Without filling up pages talking about the spread of the “ME” generation across the Western World, it’s suffice to say that building a family and maintaining a strong family unit was, suddenly, droll—nay, irresponsible!
“Look at the starving millions around the planet. How selfish we are to be having children. The population bomb is about to explode!”
Who cares anymore whether or not you pass along your family name and leave a proud legacy? Who gives a damn about aborting and entire generation of potential Canadians?
“It’s all too much trouble … and it requires a sacrifice we have no interest in making.” And, “What about a woman’s right to choose?”
Self-indulgence was the byword for the late 1960’s and 1970’s (and, arguably, is the same to this day). The old stock population that had flourished so abundantly for a century, began to crash.
In 2016, Canada has a population of about 36 million. Isn’t it curious to consider that our population has grown by 15 million since 1971 in spite of the dramatic crash of the old stocks from a century before? How did that happen? Where did all those people come from? The government says it only takes in 250,000 immigrants a year. That’s 11.25 million since 1971. If that were the case, Canada’s population would only be around 23,950,900 … would it not?
Epilogue: And now we have reached a point where our governments are looking to turn a proud, 150-year-old nation into something that never would have been dreamed of in the 1950’s. Draw your own conclusions folks, but—in my opinion—favouring immigrants from nations that do not believe in democracy, have no intention to integrate, hope to supplant us and build a world caliphate—want to impose a cruel and Neolithic theology of intolerance—and whose messengers are assisted and emboldened by our government to succeed … is nothing less than the final imposition of the 100-year Progressive plan of lunacy.
CCS Note: This article was written by David B. Strutt and posted here with permission. Updated at authors’ request.