Life on the side in Tokyo

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Inclusion and exclusion

For a long period of Canadian history, the main consideration for gaining inclusion in the State was ethnicity. In the 1960s this
changed and a point system (merit system) was introduced that awarded prospective immigrants a score based on family connections, skills, wealth, and the needs of Canada. This did not eliminate discrimination, though. It just shifted the boundaries. A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada is an interesting example. The ruling says that Citizenship and Immigration department must review their decision to deny immigrant status to a man from the Netherlands and from South Africa because they have children who are developmentally delayed (mentally disabled or handicapped) and could require expencive social services. Does this mean the Supreme Court is saying that Canadian immigration law requires the government to be more inclusive? That dissabilities should not be a reason for exclusion? Actually NO. The judges have ruled that the applicants are capable of paying for any social services required, so they won't be a tax burden. This shows that the colour of money has replaced the colour of one's face as the requirement for entrance to Canada.


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