D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi

The Communal Ant





                                    



                                          The Communal Ant

Up to this point, the author has not commented on Ant Financial’s entrance into our Immigration Department’s assessment of Canadian visas for Chinese citizens. Ant Financial is a spin-off of Alibaba. That name Ali Baba seems vaguely familiar to the author. Wasn’t there a fairy tale called Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves? Ali Baba stole a purse of gold coin from the thieves. One guesses it made him a thief. Anyway, the author saw no good in Ant’s Open Sesame system for Canadian visas.

The decision to allow a Chinese company to control our visa policy is rather incomprehensible when we have recently been told not to dictate our human rights’ concerns to a dictatorial state. Just who, Justin Trudeau, is truly running our immigration department? Is it the Chinese or is it Canadians? The author calls for the immediate cessation of this policy of incomprehensibility which ultimately involves a dictatorial and authoritarian regime.

The company’s Open Sesame system (as in Open Sesame to the cave of treasure) provides a score based calculated on on-line credit, lending histories and friend networks to act as a badge of trust worthiness. Presumably, in a perfect world or any other world the company would never exhibit political bias. If Ali Baba speaks and says “Open Sesame” then the door to the treasure of Immigration opens under the leadership of Xiao Tudòu. One might rhetorically ask why is it that Canada is the only country of the Five Eyes to have Eyes Wide Shut.

The Liberals say “Wait a minute. The Immigration Department can still rely on bank statements whether or not a Sesame credit score is utilized”. One might counter that if there is a conflict where will the preference be given—to a credit badge of Ant Financial or financial statements of Chinese banks? As far as the author knows the department does not have a problem with long-term financial statements. In the past, some Chinese used to transfer funds into their account before application and then withdraw after approval. Therefore, the Sesame credit system seems to offer a solution in need of a problem.

Is no one in the Liberal government or (for that matter the Official Opposition) aware of the Social Credit system of China. The latter system is being tested in the Xinjiang Region: it will be extended to all of China by the end of 2020. The purchases of all the minority population of Uyghurs is being recorded and monitored. For example, all wheat, gas and Koran purchases are cataloged in the minutest detail. Any excesses, abnormalities or inconsistencies are noted. People have no choice whether or not they are in the system.

The purpose is to determine resistance to uniformity and conformity. Those who cannot meet the criteria of a vigilant and vigorous Social Credit system are subjected to re-education in camps. Do you really believe, Justin, those who are marked can get out of China through a visa to Canada? Isn’t it the height of hypocrisy to call for an examination of re-education camps in Xinjiang when Uyghurs face an almost insurmountable difficulty in applying for a Canadian visa under China’s Social Credit system?

Oh, Carlton, you don’t understand says the government. Let us enlighten you. Let us take you to a higher plane of hippy-dippy nirvana reached through hallucinogenic high. Anyone can enroll in this system; but, they are not forced to enter it. This author counters that those who have a low credit score under a China-wide Social Credit system will not be able to purchase a plane ticket or for that matter a train ticket. How does one then use purchases to determine a credit score for purposes of a Canadian visa under a general Social Credit system? If these citizens solely use financial statements then will they be discriminated against? Who knows?

Canadians are waiting for the other shoe to drop. If Canadian Immigration is accepting credit scores as a basis for those who qualify for a visa then how far are we away from allowing credit scores of Canadians to be used to gain a Chinese visa? Do you really want to emulate and imitate the Social Credit system of an authoritarian regime?

What will happen, Justin, when you are asked to accept the Social Credit system of China’s allies? Will you even bat an eye if the immigration policy is extended to Russia or North Korea? Not only will Canada be participating indirectly in China’s Social Credit system; but, on a grander scale it will contribute to the One Belt One Road System. Don’t worry Carlton—the government says. We’re already contributing to the One Belt One Road program through the Beijing based Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank. We want to go whole hog.

The Liberal government is promoting in a more general way the Orwellian Social Credit system of a “rule by law” authoritarian regime. Could this be the reason why Statistic Canada inexplicably sought bank and transaction records of 500,000 Canadians who were to be supposedly arbitrarily chosen in a random way? Canadians had no choice to opt in or out. This hair-brained scheme is now being investigated and was overwhelmingly disapproved by Canadians. Is there any possibility that this information was to be given to the Chinese state so that they could assess visa applications from Canadians?

Wake up Canada! As the Sleeping Giant of the Middle Kingdom wakes up, so, too, may the Canadian Middle Power inversely transform itself into a Sleeping Pygmy. Naivety and arrogance in the face of despotic power are defining characteristics of the hubristic narcissism of many a leader. In contrast, if ordinary Canadians employ common sense in the face of authoritarianism then they will meet the challenge of common adversity and adversary.


D.卡尔顿 罗西
D. Carlton Rossi

2018年12月28日