Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Immigration Minister Diane Finley says immigration system is near 'collapse'.

You can read the whole article here at the Toronto Star.

Immigration system near 'collapse'

Minister says backlog of applications to climb, 10-year waits possible without reforms under bill
Apr 29, 2008 04:30 AM
Bruce Campion-Smith
Ottawa Bureau Chief


OTTAWA–Unless "urgent" action is taken to tackle "systemic" problems, Canada's backlog of immigration applications could grow to 1.5 million by 2012, up from 925,000 now, and newcomers will face a 10-year wait, Immigration Minister Diane Finley told a Commons committee yesterday.

"The current system, if left unchanged, is on track to collapse under its own weight. The system needs fixing," Finley said.

"We are facing real and serious international competition for the talents and skills that we need to fill," she said, calling for a "renewed" vision for the immigration system.

Competition for what skills and talents? I wish they would be more specific because according to StatsCan retail salesperson tops the list of jobs for both genders. I blogged about it and you can read about it here. Also, Immigration Watch Canada brings to our attention that the alleged "best and brightest" are actually just the average, fair, or "so so". You can read it here.

Changes to the immigration act would give Finley the power to issue "instructions" to her department to give priority to categories of immigrants whose job skills are in demand in Canada. At the same time, she would have the power to refuse applications in other categories.

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The problem is current rules require the department to process every application – in the order they were received, she said. Finley likened it to a hockey team able to pick only the first 25 people who applied for a position, even if that choice left the team without a goalie.

The current problem is that Canada accepts too many immigrants to begin with especially those from the family class. The immigration system would be more effective if Canada dramatically reduced its immigrant intake number and only those who would serve the real economic needs of the country should be allowed to immigrate. Not the aged parents or grandparents or an unskilled uncle or nephew who, under the current system, would be given attention over more suitable immigrants just for being ahead in the queue. It's not right.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What the authorities refer to as a "system", no longer qualifies in this case. One definition for "system" is a condition of harmonious and orderly interaction.

The immigration "system" is not "near collapse" -- it HAS collapsed!

When they acknowledge this train-wreck, then Canadians can begin the repair job.

GM is not taking applications for new auto workers when they're sending long-established employees home, so the same common-sense* principle should apply with un-needed foreigners arriving at our front door.

(*Common-sense and government policies is an oxymoron)

Canada Inc. shouldn't be forced into hiring new employees when current economic forecasts indicate a downturn this year.

.....and to help solve the foolish practice of importing thousands of aging foreign parents and grand-parents from around the 3rd world, why not simply deny all free welfare, free hospitalization or free government benefits of any description for 10 years minimum?

Simply offer them directions to the nearest private insurance office -- not our public welfare offices.

As working Canadians, we owe these people absolutely nothing, yet these aging recent-arrivals from the 3rd world receive the same social welfare benefits of a Canadian-born who has just contributed 30-40 years of his/her working life to reap the same.

Cut off the "pull" or "draw" in this example, and we automatically reduce one segment of new immigrants we surely don't need.

PaxCanadiana said...

The immigration system is definitely out of control and decisions concerning its purpose and function have been wrestled away from the average Canadian and into the hands of the so-called "stake holders", the usual rogues gallery of interest-conflicted, special interest groups. Because of it we Canadians have lost legal control of our borders.

Canada Inc. shouldn't be forced into hiring new employees when current economic forecasts indicate a downturn this year.

What you are touching on is affirmative action programs which do more damage to worker solidarity than it does to promote equality in the workforce. It boggles my mind why self proclaimed "progressives" support such measures. No one should be legally compelled to hire anyone but the call for "diversity in the workforce" is a tactic by alleged disadvantaged groups (which is to be understood as anyone who is not a white male) to acquire a government enforced advantage in the labour market. The fact that such mechanisms are sought for bespeaks of the very competitive labour market and how so many are competing for so few "good jobs". It's an indication we are accepting too many immigrants.

.....and to help solve the foolish practice of importing thousands of aging foreign parents and grand-parents from around the 3rd world, why not simply deny all free welfare, free hospitalization or free government benefits of any description for 10 years minimum?

You make a good point and I agree. I don't believe immigrants and refugees should receive full health care coverage on landing. There should be a grace period of some sort and the grace period should be extended for every family member they sponsor. Canada is being taken advantage of in this regard and it is bankrupting the system. Most attention is being directed at private insurers and profit seeking doctors but as I have argued on this blog mass immigration is just as big a threat to our health care system as anything else.

Incidentally, landed immigrants and refugees have every legal right that Canadian citizens have except the right to vote. That is shameful and no wonder the current waves of immigrants come with a sense of entitlement. We give everything away with little commitment.

Anonymous said...

That's why you can't blame the immigrants themseleves. They're just doing what is in their best interests. It's the politicians who have allowed and are continuing to allow mass immigration that is the problem.

PaxCanadiana said...

That's why you can't blame the immigrants themseleves. They're just doing what is in their best interests. It's the politicians who have allowed and are continuing to allow mass immigration that is the problem.

I totally agree with you on that one. However, the hands of many politicians are tied due to the influences of the so called "ethnic vote" who invariably support a laxer system and increased numbers. So immigrants aren't exactly babes in the woods in the immigration debate.