In December 2015, two months after Trudeau’s election as prime minister, his government created the Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Both of the Century Initiative founders sat on its board, and Barton was appointed chair in February 2016. The Advisory Council’s first report was released in October 2016 and called for massively increasing immigration levels to 450,000 annually. Subsequent reports all promoted the same message, which unsurprisingly aligned perfectly with the goal of the Century Initiative.
The third and final report of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth was released on December 1, 2017, two months after then immigration minister Ahmed Hussen announced a “new normal” of at least 300,000 immigrants annually. Current immigration minister Sean Fraser’s new normal, announced in November 2022, was to top 500,000 annually by 2025. But, as noted earlier, the actual number of new arrivals in 2022 was twice that number.
When it comes to meeting the Century Initiative’s targets, the government is on track to “exceed expectations.” But from whom is it expecting to get a gold star?
A Postnational Country Has No Need for Citizens
Driving Canada’s population growth through immigration produces clear winners and losers. The losers are most working Canadians, including the ones who immigrated here for a better life, many of whom are struggling despite high levels of education. The environment, farmland, and biodiversity are losers too. The winners are speculators, developers, mortgage providers and some businesses, as well as politicians. But the current profiteers of growth will be long gone by the time 2100 comes around. So why the target of 100 million by that date? Are targets even being set in Canada or is there a supranational plan?
Such questions may strike some as conspiracy talk, but at this point being open to all possibilities in trying to connect the dots seems reasonable. Justin Trudeau told The New York Times in 2015 that Canada was the first “postnational state” with no “core identity” or “mainstream.” Is that in fact what he is aspiring to create? Trudeau, many members of his cabinet, and both founders of the Century Initiative are tied to the World Economic Forum, which promotes globalization in the economic and governance spheres. There is nothing the WEF and international corporations would like more than the free flow of goods, labour and money. Citizens with national attachments are an impediment to creating this commercial utopia of rootless consumers. And how can one be attached to a postnational country with no core identity?
Whatever the reality, Canadians need to start asking questions about why their country is being steered to a destination of 100 million which gives them no obvious benefits and burdens them with many obvious costs.