However, the Chinese community is the only community that I've seen, that goes to length to call this tax "racist", or label it as "hostile to our community", as if it was specifically levied against the Chinese. Or do you have examples of other similar articles for other communities?
not just Chinese people do, many Caucasians do too. not all Caucasians are against foreign investment and cash injection into Canada. it is racist if it was meant to keep people from coming into Canada. That's discrimination against non Canadians, if that's not racist at the very least it's nationalist which isn't too far from racist.
while i accept some merit on the argument that it's a tax on foreigners and not Chinese, you aren't fooling anyone.
as perpetual foreigners we all know what foreigner really means in Vancouver. it means "Asian". because let's be honest if it were a whole boatload of rich Swedish babes most likely no one would be complaining at all.
Just some clarifications:
- I don't think anyone is really against foreign investment in Canada - any economy benefits from positive growth. I don't think many people equate buying houses with the true intent of "foreign investment", even though it technically meets the definition of the phrase. But that might just be me.
- There is nothing in this tax that "prevents people from coming into Canada", all foreigners are still free to move here and live here. They can even buy homes - they just have to pay 15% more to do so.
- "Discrimination against non-Canadians" != "racist", and there is a big difference between racism and nationalism despite the fact that you want to put them both together... which is really at the heart of this whole debate. Seeing as you've started defining things for us, allow me to do the same:
a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another
There is nothing in the foreigner tax that stipulates it is against a particular race, nor is it unilaterally applied to a particular race. It is applied to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, English, German, Persian, Americans, etc equally - ie, all foreigners. Similarly, all Canadians of all races and origin countries
are exempt from the tax.
As for being discriminatory against non-Canadians, of course we are! We regularly discriminate against non-Canadians
- they cannot vote in our elections
- they cannot run for office provincially or federally
- they pay extra money to go to our universities
- they must live in Canada for a certain amount of time
- their PR or less status can be revoked at any time
- they accept that Canadian citizens get preference for employment
- they cannot hold national government jobs
No one seems to complain about these clearly discriminatory practices... yet tack on 15% to your home purchase, and suddenly we're a bunch of foreigner-hating racists...