JG - More on migrants in Canada
More on migrants in Canada
published: Monday March 10, 2008
The Editor, Sir:
This is a reply to the the letter 'Migrant facing reality in Canada'. I'm also Jamaican, I moved here a couple years ago to live with my father's family. I can't speak for other racial groups in Canada, but I know for a fact that black youth, especially us Jamaicans, just aren't trying hard enough. Many aren't looking for those positions.
With regards to immigrants, I agree with you, Canada has a problem, here they are too reluctant to hire immigrants. My advice, try and work your way up from smaller businesses; believe me, I know you shouldn't have to if you're qualified, but until this country is more open to immigrants, you just have to gain some experience here.
People look around in their workplaces, even in our high schools and ask why there aren't a lot of minority teachers (blacks). The answer is a lot of minorities (blacks) just aren't going to school for it. In my high school, we had about four; that's as rare as it gets and we considered ourselves lucky.
So don't blame Canada too much. Personally, I know many successful Jamaicans who work in those big skyscrapers you see downtown, not as janitors but as businessmen and women. Canada's governor general is black, a woman, and an immigrant. What does that say about the country?
I am, etc.,
St Catharines, Canada