Comment 34883

By edb (anonymous) | Posted October 21, 2009 at 15:21:48

Interesting article, however I take issue the point of Hamilton following "the lead of Toronto" in terms of immigration. Current immigration trends have been an absolute disaster for cities like Toronto.
The influx of economic refugees bringing little or no skills along with unwillingness to assimilate has contributed to rising crime and poverty. Being a native Hamiltonian, having lived in most neighborhoods of this city, and having the privilege of regular and extensive travel to Europe, I believe for a city like Hamilton to succeed, we need to look beyond ethnocentric immigration policies that have lead to the unraveling of once safe, sound and prosperous cities. To welcome the replacement of influence in a city whose very foundation is based on the work ethic and sense of community instilled by its European immigrant population is not a positive direction.

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