DIVISIVE FOOL: Seamus O’Regan’s Incredibly Dumb Claim That “Immigrants” Are Better Job Creators Than “Canadian-Born People” Is Easily Debunked

There are some huge problems with what O’Regan said.

The Trudeau Liberals aren’t taking a break from their effort to divide Canadians.

On Twitter, Seamus O’Regan made the following highly dubious claim:

“No, we just need more job creators. Immigrants are better at creating new businesses and new jobs than Canadian-born people. Simple.”

O’Regan linked to a state-owned CBC article titled “At creating new businesses, immigrants outpace Canadian-born people, StatsCan finds.”

Based on that one headline, O’Regan made his stupid and divisive tweet. But he obviously didn’t even read the article.

The article notes that 5.3% of immigrants in Canada after nine years had created a business, compared to 4.8% among those born in Canada.

Of course, looking at people after nine years in Canada is an arbitrary figure. Why not pick 3 years? Why not 17? Why not 11? It’s easy to pick an arbitrary date and get the stat you want.

Here’s another issue:

The article O’Regan linked to is from March, 2016. At that point, most recent arrivals in Canada had come to the country through the Harper Conservatives immigration policies. The article is based on tax data from 2010, and includes people who came to Canada in 2004 and “in the 10 to 30 year period leading up to 2010.”

The Harper government had purposely shifted Canada’s immigration system to bring more people under the economic stream. That means many people who came to Canada were chosen specifically because they were seen as likely to contribute to the economy.

However, the Trudeau Liberals have changed that policy. They are massively increasing immigration by about 33%, and they are reducing the proportion of ‘business class’ and ‘economic immigrants’ and shifting the system to make it easier for elderly immigrants and ‘family class’ immigrants to enter the country. That will have the effect of reducing the percentage of immigrants who are ‘job creators.’

Plus, the article says “6.2 per cent of those who came in the economic class and 4.3 per cent of those in the family class,” created businesses, while 15% of came under the ‘business class’ created businesses. This is just common sense, yet the Trudeau Liberals are increasing the segment of immigration that is at the lowest end of business creation.

Notably, The Trudeau Liberals are even reducing the business class and economic class proportion to a lower level than past Liberal governments – something that O’Regan failed to mention.

So, O’Regan was trying to get credit for and arbitrary data point that (even if true), would partially represent the success of policies that were in force under the Harper government (and more economic-focused Liberal governments) – policies he and the Trudeau Liberals are scrapping.

And yet, that’s not the only big mistake O’Regan made.

He said that new immigrants were better ‘job creators,’ yet the article he quoted doesn’t even make that claim.

O’Regan also flat out ignored this line in the article:

“In the first two years after they arrive in Canada, immigrant’s business creation level is quite low, the study shows.”

And then there’s this:

“The federal agency found private incorporated firms owned by immigrants tended to be smaller than those owned by their Canadian-born counterparts. In 2010, private incorporated firms owned by longer-term immigrants employed, on average, about four employees, compared to about seven employees in private businesses owned by a Canadian-born group.”

So even if we accept the arbitrary 5.3% to 4.8% comparison, the article quoted by O’Regan indicates that it’s simply not factually correct to state that immigrants are “better” at creating new jobs.

Obviously, O’Regan failed to read the article, making him not only divisive, but also a fool.

As you can imagine, O’Regan’s incredibly dumb comments generated a massive backlash. You can see it in the ratio on his tweet, which has about 100 retweets, but over 1,000 replies – a clear sign that people are pissed off.

And they should be. Welcoming a responsible amount of immigrants to contribute to Canada and join the Canadian family is good. However, politicians shouldn’t be using fake stats to try and divide Canadians – especially when the Trudeau Liberals are shifting the immigration system away from being focused on the economy.

But worst of all is the attempt to pit new Canadians against those were born in this country. It’s disgusting for a politician to play that game, and O’Regan should be ashamed of himself.

My father was born in Trinidad, I was born in Winnipeg. Do the Trudeau Liberals think we should be pitted against eachother?

O’Regan is a disgrace, and the fact that he apparently doesn’t know how to read the article he’s quoting makes him and the Trudeau Liberals look like a pathetic joke.

Yet, they can still be dangerous, and their attempt to use lies to divide our country is yet another reason they must be opposed and defeated. The longer they remain in power, the more damage they do to Canada.

Spencer Fernando

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Ralph Knapp

O’Regan has always been short on logical thought ability. I see he’s remained that way. In his case, consistency isn’t a good thing.


Seamus is a loser.

William Roberts

Shame-us Oh’Reagan lol .Did he take into account the drug trade. I’m thinking the percentages are much higher than Canadian born drug dealers and are in the immigrants favour in that industry. How about the crime rate in general I think they beat Canadian born by a wide margin there too. Another ridiculous statement by a alcoholic media fake news guy.

Norbert Kausen

O’Regan is nothing more than a mindless village IDIOT!!!

Norbert Kausen

Yeah, Shamus O’Regan, the village IDIOT!

David Kahn

During the seventies and eighties, Bell-Northern Research (BNR) actively recruited top grade engineers and scientists from all over the world. This talented group not only worked well as a team but also were responsible for much subsequent entrepreneurial activity. In terms of human capital, these were evidently much more beneficial to Canada than penniless refugees often suffering from PTSD.

Alan Davidson

Yes quite correct. I and people like Terry Matthews were among them.

Eric Blair

If O’Regan is the minister of veteran affairs then why is he commenting on immigration issues. Surely this is the job that Hussen should be doing. But there again, Trudeau is running his mouth on the veterans front which leaves little from for O’Regan to say anything.
This just goes to show how dysfunctional this government is. But there is one guy in charge pulling all the strings from behind the curtain or in this case from inside the PMO, and that would be Gerald Butts.

don morris

Aside from the businesses created by immigrants, what percentage are gainfully employed after five years? How many remain on welfare, how many remain permanently on welfare? Germany, Sweden and France have found,much to their dismay,that 50% of immigrants are not employed after five years. Most of these immigrants are from the ME/NA area. The politically (in-)correct idea that all immigrants are created equal is sophistry of the highest order. A European tradesman is definitely better equipped to prosper in his new country than an illiterate unskilled Syrian or Nigerian. That isn’t racism,that’s common sense. And last, but not least, the… Read more »


Maybe us “born Canadians” would have a better chance to create jobs and wealth if we didn’t have to give 42% of our wage income to the government and an additional 10% of our after income tax wages in GST and PST. Vampires, leeches and parasites!

Mike Allan

Well said and believed by all conservatives that want an equal playing field.


Shamus O’Regan with your stupidity. You did it with our Vets and now with the Illegals. If a person sneaked into a movie theater, was caught, would you take them to a seat in the orchestra section, give them a drink and popcorn or would you escort them out the door?


Even during the liberal years, immigrants who came into canada with full credentials as doctors, nurses, technicians, and so forth could not practice their profession without redoing their career from the start which cost dollars for some of them to redo, naturally, for many well educated immigrants had to look for jobs such as: Taxi cab drivers, gardeners, house cleaners and so on. The liberals showed no respect for these people not until PMSH who changed all that, making it easier for immigrants to practice their profession with certain requirements to follow but not to the extent expected by the… Read more »


Shamus has been into the Irish whiskey again

David Cameron

O’Regan is a classic case of figures can lie and liars can figure. By his reasoning, it makes sense to allow in 100 terrorists as long as one starts up a lemonade stand that employs everybody in his family.


Notice as well how the Liberal and media words are subtly changing. Illegal border crossers changed to illegal migrant and is now “immigrant” or irregular border crossers or irregular immigrant.. Huge difference between migrant and immigrant.

Those who will actually care about Canada and have worked hard to get here the legal way are far more successful in assimilating. Illegals look for the easy way.

Jay Owens

The immigrants are not to BUILD this country, they’ve heard that Canada is dolling out FREEBIES and they’re going to cash-in. They are here to BLEED the country, not BUILD it. The early settlers, cleared the land of rocks with horse and stone-boat, blood, sweat and tears, half froze to death in the severe winters living in inadequate living quarters, with very little food to survive on.

Canada IS in Major TROUBLE. Will we even STILL be Canada by the time the next election rolls around??????

Tommy Hawk

From the moment he first entered politics he has yet to say anything of substance — and now his record is unblemished.

David Gillard

LOL…you are correct.

Wendy Lush

Has Seamus O’Regan stepped into a welfare office lately in any major city in Canada? 90% “new Canadians”.

O’Regan, looking worse for wear, is not living the life of the average Canadian who knows the real score.

Like all the other Cabinet Ministers, O’Regan is a boot-licking Yes-man (excuse me, person-man) to Trudeau, who will fire them on a whim if they publicly disagree with his screwy policies, and consequently lose all their status and perks as a Minister.

Catherine Campbell

What the research Doesn’t show is that many refugees who do create small businesses employ only other Muslims, so are not really creating jobs for Canadians at large (and are discriminating in employment). No one talks about this. Many Imams teach that a good Muslim will employ only other Muslims (the Ummah) and will only by services and products (e.g. cars, food) from other Muslim businesses. How does this help local job creation? https://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/01/toronto-imam-muslims-should-hire-only-muslims-do-business-only-with-muslims