March 20, 2008

Is Canada closing the door to immigration?

While the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) says Canada remains open to immigration, and anyone can apply to immigrate, The Liberal still hits the proposed amendments to modernize immigration system, saying it will close door to immigration.

“After cutting hundreds of millions in funding that the Liberal government had invested in Canada’s immigration system, the Conservatives are planning to ‘fix’ the immigration backlog by reducing the number of applications it accepts,” said Liberal Immigration Critic Maurizio Bevilacqua. “Why does the Minister believe that shutting the door on immigration is the answer?”

Read full Statement here.

The Liberals also said that the government is politicizing immigration by putting proposed changes in the budget bill, changes that would give the minister new powers. Read the full story here.

But with Canada's labor shortage problem, can it really afford to close immigration program?