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Our upcoming Federal Election takes place on October 14, 2008.
As reported in the Delta Optimist, British Columbia Liberal candidates Dana Miller, Raymond Chan and Joyce Murray say “immigration must be a priority because the country’s success at attracting and economically integrating skilled new Canadians will be key to the nation’s productivity, growth and global competitiveness”.
However they say Prime Minister Stephen Harper has yet to release an election campaign platform.
Here are other B.C. parties views on immigration:
Liberal: They pledge to invest over $800 million to clear the current backlog of immigration applications. One of the components includes $200 million for a “New Beginnings Canada” program for enhanced language training for better and faster job placement.
NDP: Szilvia Barna, who emigrated from Hungary, said she’s concerned about the special powers handed to the minister. “We would repeal the Harper government’s new immigration law,” she said. “Canada needs to do more to make it easier for skilled immigrants to enter the workforce in areas they were trained, such as doctors.
Green Party: Green Party candidate Matthew Laine also said highly trained professionals are left pursuing manual labour jobs in this country because their credentials are ignored. “We need to ensure that as Canadians get older that we fill our workforce with people who want to be here and find a way to accredit them.”
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We have to say that we agree with all these views. The Canadian immigration system needs a serious overhaul in terms of backlogs as well as how the system generally works. We hope that whatever Party comes to power, immigration will be a top priority as our aging demographics demand competitive Canada immigration policies.
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