It's the obvious question the media never bothers to ask.
It's election time again and that means the obligatory pandering to key block votes. In this case it's every party's favourite, the immigrant/ethnic block vote.
So apparently still, to this day, we are introducing immigrant cohorts into Canada's labour market ill-equipped to get a running start. It's been a problem for quite a while now and it looks like, finally, they're going to do something about it, fingers crossed.
The underemployed/unemployed skilled-immigrant-driving-a-cab phenomenon has provided many a journalist an opportunity to engage in moral exhibitionism while pretending to look like they care.
Yet time after time they fail to ask the most obvious question which is the one I ask in the post title, a question immigration reformers have asked before and will continue to ask for years to come but a question no one seems to be able to answer.
If immigrants need further skills training, tax payer subsidized of course, upon arrival in Canada then it says a lot about the effectiveness of the points system doesn't it? It also illustrates the inefficiency of the immigration system. If they need further skills training then obviously we are bringing in the wrong types of immigrants. If their skills are outdated then they shouldn't be coming here. If the skills they offer are in surplus then that's the fault of the immigration system and they still shouldn't have come here. If they are to be retrained for a job they were not imported to fill well there are plenty of unemployed and underemployed Canadians who can be trained for that job.
As for credential recognition ask yourself this: will you go to a doctor educated at an Indian university? I rest my case. I acknowledge that there are immigrants with credentials from western education systems. But the hurdles they face are set before them by Canada's professional colleges and organizations as a way to protect themselves from the negative economic impacts of mass immigration that the rest of us have to put up with. It's mostly out of professional courtesy and class loyalty that the political classes are not pressure them to get immigrants credentials recognized and get them working.