Atlantic Canada Seeks to Replace Dwindling Numbers With Syrians

You know what you’re doing, Maritimes:

It is the quid pro quo of the refugee crisis, at least in Atlantic Canada, where the provinces are stuck in a demographic death spiral, with rapidly greying populations, young people leaving for jobs someplace else and shrinking tax bases, lurching under the weight of the retired, the sick and the old.

Nowhere is the crisis more acute than New Brunswick. Consider: Canada’s population has grown by a million people over the last three years. New Brunswick’s has shrunk by about 3,500, out of total population of about 750,000. More people die in New Brunswick than are born, while out-migration is occurring at a rate unseen since the mid-1970s.

Now along comes the potential to add 1,500 new faces, and not in a trickle, but in a relatively concentrated wave.

“A lot of the questions around the logistics of this have yet to be determined,” says Brad Woodside, the mayor of Fredericton. “But I can tell you our doors are open for the Syrian refugees.

“This is good news for us.”

  • Dana Garcia

    When foreigners are brought in as replacement models, even more local people will leave. See southern California, now Mexifornia.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Mr. Harper was right when he said the maritime provinces had a culture of failure.
      They can’t even support a CFL franchise.

      • WalterBannon

        all that over proof rum and inbreeding has a toll

        • David Murrell

          Hey I live in the Maritimes! I have PhD in economics, and am conservative.

  • Cat-astrophe

    So, our low birth rate is exactly what “sustainable Development” is all about, isn’t it?
    Then, bringing in people who will out breed you is the stupidest f’n idea I have ever heard. Not only out breed us, but completely destroy everything we have attained. But, I suppose in the end, it will be better than a “Trudeau” Government.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      It defies logic that they can call for sustainable on the one hand and want to import more dead weight on the other.
      Does he really expect these people to become productive citizens?

      • P_F

        Yes, they’ll ‘produce’ lots of babies, if nothing else.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Well, that bastard Neil Young did write a song called Welfare Mothers.
          How can he be such a CanCon staple when he hasn’t lived in Canada for thirty years?

          • Xavier

            A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I had to tell my buddy at work that there used to be such a thing as a response song.
            Even Nine Arms and Sucks wrote one about A Flock of Seagulls.

          • Xavier

            I personally respond to Boy George’s Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Do You Really Want To Make Me Cry? with “Yes I do”.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            And the Church of the Poison Mind is Liberal headquarters.

    • Brett_McS

      Government programs are examples of “Sustainable Development” in exactly the same way as Ponzi schemes are.

    • Blacksmith

      DON”T you bring common sense into this! It is about the agenda, your facts are irrelevant!

  • Martin B

    “This is good news for us”

    It’s not good news for your wife & daughters, Mayor Woodside. Just ask any German or Swedish women & girls unlucky enough to live anywhere near Syrian “refugees”.

  • Alain

    There is a reason why they are stuck in a demographic death spiral. When you keep electing socialists who destroy the economy and all incentives to work and develop something positive, people must leave if they hope to find work.

  • andycanuck

    Then we can call all of the Pogies.

  • canminuteman


    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The Law of Unintended Consequences is going to work in our favour four years on.
      When fifteen hundred Syrians start to act like fifteen hundred Syrians will in a small town like Fredericton, wikisay 2011 population 56k+, then they will change their minds.

      • V10_Rob

        Assuming a media blackout isn’t imposed, like everywhere else.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Politics is local, too.
          Don’t need the media to see what’s living down the street from you.

          • V10_Rob

            Of course not.

            But then, the politics are contained. Compartmentalized. Quarantined. It might just be local circumstances. A particular batch of bad apples. An isolated event. Could be we’re just bad people, and this is our fault.

            Maybe the electorate takes it out on their own MP. Maybe. It’s just a backbencher, it’s not like we can blame him/her for something they have no power over. And if they really need to calm us down, the government can strategically deploy some regional pork.

            If people across the country start hearing about it though, and comparing notes, we realize it’s not a one-of, but a consistent pattern. Then we become an exponential problem across dozens or even hundreds of ridings.

  • ontario john

    So the answer is to turn it into an islamic shithole?

    • Censored_EG

      Why not rename the city Frederictonstan?

    • Blacksmith

      Apparently so.

  • UCSPanther

    The seeds for the Balkans have been planted. Water ’em, fertilize them, then watch the explosive results when they germinate…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    This seems, how do I put it… ill thought-out?

  • Allan

    OMG,. They think that importing unskilled, uneducated people that don’t know the language, have no desire to integrate, and only want to live off the state will solve their tax problems? They must be libtard, progressive asshats.

  • I’m in Halifax. There are Muslims everywhere now.

    • Rosenmops

      They spread like roaches.

  • Everyone Else

    Importing workers doesn’t create work.

  • WalterBannon

    great, now everyone on the east coast will be on welfare AND a terrorist.

    How about they separate and take Quebec with them?

    • Oracle9

      “They” are Canadians, like you. And not every Maritimer voted for these Liberal POSs.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s a bit fucked

  • David Murrell

    Economist Murrell here, living in New Brunswick. Actually, one has to take all the central planning BS from the Liberal government — of taking 1,500 refugees — as mere propaganda. Once the Syrians figure out that there are no jobs here, they will quickly move to Central Canada. All of the media talk is so much drivel.