Thursday, December 02, 2004

Madame Sgro’s House of Ill Repute

For a couple of weeks, Immigration Minister Judy Sgro has been trying very hard to defend the indefensible. She and/or her staff made inappropriate use of her office to trade financial and volunteer help for her election campaign for a free pass into Canada.

What has really caught people’s attention is that the free pass was given to a Romanian exotic dancer. The rationale was that this industry is apparently in danger of collapse, because there are not enough Canadian women willing to strip, and etc., for cash. The etc. is very important and, while I am not accusing the lady in question of it, a great many women like her are being sold into prostitution and effectively treated as slaves.

About a year ago, I met Victor Malarek, a multiple award winning investigative journalist with many years work at both CBC and CTV. He had recently researched and written a book called “The Natashas”. It is an expose of the sex trade emanating from Russia and Eastern Europe with destinations all over the world, including Canada. According to the U.S. State Department, at least 800,000–900,000 impoverished young women, many of them orphans, from Eastern and Central Europe, are lured with promises of jobs as waitresses, nannies or maids in Western Europe or North America. Instead, they wind up as exotic dancers, prostitutes and sex slaves.

Malarek’s facts and story telling paint a horrific picture of inhumanity. Russian and other organized crime syndicates control this human trade with “ruthless efficiency”, reaping high profits with little risk of interference thanks to "complacency, complicity, and corruption" on the part of national governments and law enforcement.

I’m not accusing the Government of Canada of complicity and corruption in this unacceptable activity, nor am I accusing Canadian police forces of being less than vigilant and dedicated in enforcing our laws. I am suggesting that the Government of Canada is complacent and has lost sight of the objectives of a good immigration program. One of them should be to promote the immigration of people who can play an important role in making their own lives and the lives of Canadians, in general, better. My money would be on doctors, nurses, scientists, teachers, technicians, etc., long before it would be on strippers.

What Madame Sgro was really caught at is the longstanding Liberal practice of using immigration to prop themselves up at election time. It happens all across Canada and it is unethical and immoral. That doesn’t seem to bother “the natural governing party”, but it should bother Canadians. The Deputy Prime Minister announced yesterday that the "stripping for visas" programme would be stopped. Why does it take a determined Opposition and public outcry to make this government do the right thing? And, it hasn't actually done the right thing, yet; just talked about it. We've seen this movie before.


Blogger Johnny Canuck said...

I can definitely relate to that. Before considering much else, I pretty much decided that immigration to Canada is my best option and although I have been tempted to reconsider from time to time, I can't help but think about how much the 2000 elections have changed things for us (and not for the better I'm affraid).

I really enjoy this blog, I'll be back!

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