“Crooked Consultant” Video by CIC – Politically Correct for a Diverse Audience.

By Author: Admin | March 20, 2011

Canada’s Official Immigration Website has gotten heavily into the age of Youtube .  Those politically right of centre might accuse the government of engaging in unnecessary waste, or throwing a bone to Canada’s perpetually fledging movie industry.  They need not worry.

There are a larger body of videos on the CIC website, all of them very politically correct, where the persons of colour are professional looking and telegenic, while the villain is a white male.  One that stands out in this regard is the video counselling against crooked immigration consultants.  It stars a shoe-polished hair coloured actor that bears a strong resemblance to Robert Vaughn, only more sinister.  Dutifully low budget, the background appears to be a cluttered board room.  The actor doesn’t utter a word, so his wage for this appearance must be lower than usual.

The voice-over for the video is male, which connotes authority.  The voice-over comes in languages synonymous with the major source countries for immigration to Canada:  Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Urdu (plus French due to official government policy).  What would be more effective, (if politically incorrect) would be to hire a South Asian actor for the Punjabi/Urdu version, a South-East Asian for the Tagalog video, and an East Asian for the Mandarin/Cantonese version.  This would emphasize the fact that victims of crooked consultants sometimes share the same language and ethnic background.  The same language naturally attracts the victim to the consultant, and makes the consultant more approachable, license notwithstanding.

CIC could have  delegated the task of crooked immigration consultant videos  to the Toronto Star which did an expose on such consultants that included undercover video.  This would also silence those persons who believe that the size of government should be such that it can be drowned in a bathtub.

More transparent regulation of Immigration Consultants is around the corner, given the March 18 2011 proposed regulations by the Minister of Immigration.   However, it is quite likely that this video will still have utility on CIC’s website, as the new regulator proposed (to be known as the The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council – or ICCRC) will have no effect on unlicensed consultants who  are often out of reach of the RCMP.  Such consultants practise in places like India, Pakistan, China, and the Philippines, and are retained by individuals who are too language deficient (or ignorant) to invest in a regulated immigration consultant or Canadian Immigration Lawyer.

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