YES, there definitely IS something wrong with this Canadian anti-immigration flyer

It used Sikhs in the photo instead of Muslims. Immigration Watch, which published the flyers, insists the message, with photos of white Canadians and Sikh protesters, isn’t racist.

The Star  The flyer depicts a black-and-white photo of an all-white group with the caption “From this,” above a colour photo of a group of angry Sikh protesters, with the caption “To this.” It cites Census data suggesting Brampton’s “mainstream Canadian” population dropped from 59.6 per cent in 2001 to 32.9 per cent in 2011.

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At the bottom, it says: “Is This Really What You Want? Let’s Make Immigration Work For The Interests Of Canadians Again!” It then invites people to visit the website of Immigration Watch Canada.

Dan Murray, a spokesperson and co-founder of Immigration Watch, confirmed to the Star that the group produced the flyers but insisted that its message is reasonable and not racist. “The purpose of the flyer is to say there is a cultural limit to the number of people any part of Canada could accept,” he said from British Columbia, where the group was founded in the late 1990s. He said the group has “tens of thousands” of followers who subscribe to its online newsletters.

Canada has been taking in 250,000 immigrants a year for two decades, but Ottawa has never provided justification for that policy, he said. The group did not say where it distributed the flyers, but it seems to focus on older areas of the city where longtime residents of European descent are concentrated.

Peel Region police spokesperson Const. Thomas Ruttan said the force only learned of the flyers Thursday morning and are investigating whether the publication breaks the law.

Murray characterized people who criticize the flyer’s message as offensive and racist as “cowards.” “For long-term Canadians to say that, they are cowards. They are trying to be politically correct,” Murray said. “They are afraid to express criticisms over our immigration because they are conditioned to respond to immigration only in a positive way.”

NICHOLAS KEUNG / TORONTO STAR Order this photo Brampton resident Jamal Jones holds an anti-immigration flyer that was delivered to his home this week. Jones says he finds the flyer offensive and racist.
Brampton resident Jamal Jones holds an anti-immigration flyer that was delivered to his home this week. Jones says he finds the flyer offensive and racist.