Former Reform Party MP turned Fraser Institute fellow and Vancouver economist Herb Grubel has taken to the pages of the Globe & Mail to drum up support for a new edition of his Fraser Institute “study” purporting to show that immigrants soak up an average of $6000 extra in government handouts every year.
I didn’t like last year’s report, not least because of its draconian proposal for a privatized Big Brother-style surveillance network that would monitor immigrants’ employment, sick time, etc. I also speculated that the numbers they were using were a little bit flimsy, and a little while later, some SFU academics said I was right. In fact, they said, immigrants only cost an extra $450 per head. Ah, statistics. You can prove anything with statistics.
Which is why I’m so happy to see that Mr. Grubel has published a new study, revising his old results and updating them with a new, sophisticated methodology. Right?Tweet