Fixing Canada’s ImmigrationJune 7, 2019
Around the world, people know that Canada is a country of democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law; as such, Canada is recognized as a welcoming country of opportunity for immigrants who seek and believe in our values. As Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer put it, in his speech Unity in Diversity, Canada is a place for people “to realize their hopes and dreams.” Immigration has always mattered in Canada and thanks to the previous Conservative Government that strengthened and improved the immigration process, Canadians were able to take pride in our immigration process.
Throughout our history, immigration has played a defining role in shaping who we are and who we want to be in Canada. Without a doubt, from Indigenous communities to the first European settlers to the immigrants and refugees of today – we all share the same spirit of hard work, risk-taking, and entrepreneurship. These are the reasons people admire Canada and our values. Conservatives understand that Canada must remain a country of economic opportunity and freedom, especially for those fleeing persecution. But with Canadians becoming increasingly concerned with the fairness of our immigration and the integrity of our borders, it is clear that the Liberal Government has undermined this history.
Canadians, particularly new Canadians, are frustrated with the unfair and costly queue jumping in our immigration system, and Conservatives know that we need to return to an immigration process that is fair, orderly, and compassionate. Conservatives recognize that Canada’s immigration process must be made fairer by closing loopholes in the Safe-Third Country Agreement which has allowed over 43,000 illegal border crossers to enter Canada while vulnerable refugees and genocide survivors face long delays.
Canada has always benefited from the innovation, ideas, and skills brought by immigrants. As Canada’s workforce evolves, Conservatives will improve language training, change how we recognize work credentials, and seek to allow workers to pursue a path to residency, so that we can continue to grow the Canadian economy. The Conservative vision is one that understands and embraces the positive impact that immigration can have on jobs and the economy. The Conservative vision of immigration is also one where Canada remains a safe and welcoming place for the world’s most vulnerable, where those fleeing genocide are reunited with their families, and where government steps aside and allows everyday citizens and private sponsors to help refugees to settle and succeed. Our values have made Canada strong and allowed us to be diverse, and by protecting our values and rebuilding trust in our immigration, Canada’s legacy of being strong and diverse can be restored.