- Aug 9, 2022
Canadians worried about housing as Ottawa raises immigration targets: poll - National | Globalnews.ca
Based on an online survey of 1,537 Canadians, the results come about two weeks after Ottawa unveiled plans to admit 500,000 immigrants per year starting in 2025.
This is an interesting political gamble that's happening here. Trudeau believes that a large number of immigrants will boost the economy by a) filling critical labour shortages and b) being consumers that buy goods and pay taxes thus stimulating the economy while actually producing goods and services the economy wants (so inflation doesn't go ballistic).
If he's right, then by the next election the economy will be improving substantially and inflation will be lower and so on. He can run on that in the election.
But - those concerned about the immigration levels rightly point out that there won't be enough homes and the immigrants can't possibly build homes fast enough to address their population given how long a housing project takes to even get off the ground into the building stage. AND they won't be producing enough tax dollars soon enough for improvements to the medical system which is already trashed.
75 percent of the people were worried about that. Which means that 75 percent are going to blame trudeau and immigration if for ANY reason housing prices remain high or rental rates continue to climb or remain out of reach, and he'll have to wear a lot of the problems with the medical system too. Premiers under pressure from people about their medical system failures will point at trudeau.
SO either trudeau is going to have a good news story in 3 years - or he's going to have one hell of a disaster on his hands and the liberals may find themselves collapsing like the old federal PC party did.