MP Davies slams Ottawa for immigration system turmoil

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Vancouver MP Don Davies says Canada’s immigration system is in chaos. (FILE PHOTO)

Vancouver MP Don Davies says Canada’s immigration system is in chaos. (FILE PHOTO)

Vancouver MP Don Davies says Canada’s immigration system is in chaos.

Speaking Thursday during a press conference at his Vancouver Kingsway constituency office, the NDP immigration critic admonished the Conservatives for their handling of a system that annually lets in about 250,000 newcomers, accusing Ottawa of recklessly tampering with people’s lives in making drastic, sudden changes to it.

“There is increasing alarm about the method and way that the Conservative government is making immigration policy in this country,” Davies said.

He pointed to the recent cancellation of investor immigrant programs and the sudden termination of skilled worker and family reunification applications in the past.

Davies said potential investors in Canada, as well as immigrants ready to arrive and apply their skills, are being harmed by having their applications cancelled after years of waiting.

“What they do not need is a sudden, reckless shock to their system and that’s exactly what the Conservative government has given them,” he said. “This is an unstable way to make immigration policy.”

The NDP said the Conservatives have taken drastic actions because they don’t have any idea of how to deal with application backlogs.

Last week, immigration was again dragged into the spotlight after Ottawa cancelled the investor immigrant and entrepreneur programs citing abuse and no benefit to Canada as the reasons.

Hong Kong and mainland China are two major sources of those using the program.

On Wednesday, a Citizenship and Immigration spokesman said the ministry held consultations in Vancouver earlier this week and the Chinese community supported the program’s termination.

Davies noted the Conservatives reneged on a promise made six years ago to help immigrants have their skills accredited in Canada.

Ottawa plans to announce details of a new federal pilot program for investor immigrants in the coming weeks.




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