Read their whines and complaints in this Toronto Star article.
Immigration reform plan worries bar association
Puts too much power in hands of officials, legal group says
Apr 03, 2008 04:30 AM
Ottawa bureau chief
OTTAWA–Canada's immigration system risks being dictated by "ministerial fiat" rather than transparent regulations under a sweeping new law proposed by the federal government, a legal group warns.
While the Tory goal of reducing the backlog of would-be-immigrants is "laudable," Immigration Minister Diane Finley hasn't made the case why her dramatic reforms of the immigration system are the right solution, said Alex Stojicevic, chair of the immigration section of the Canadian Bar Association.
"We fail to see why these are necessary to achieve the government's aims," he said, calling the existing system relatively transparent and objective.
Under the proposal, Finley would have the power to issue "instructions" to her department to give priority to immigrants whose job skills are in demand in Canada. At the same time, she would have the power to refuse applications in other categories.
But Stojicevic suggested the reforms risk putting too much power in the hands of department officials.
"She wants to bring some sanity to these processing backlogs. She wants to try to address, where she can, economic priorities. We just don't see this change as necessary to accomplish that goal," he said.
Oh cry me a river! If Canada had a sane immigration system in the first place then the Tories wouldn't need to make the changes. Lawyer greed feeding at the trough has created a monster of a mess of an immigration system that was in sore need of a clean up twenty years ago. The Tories are doing the right thing. Besides, if they didn't do then who would. The Liberals?