In 2016, there is an absence of cynicism when it comes to the citizenship and immigration changes being engineered by this Liberal government. In her new book Losing True North, a Canadian conservative columnist Candice Malcolm weighs in on Canadian immigration and naturalization policy under Justin Trudeau in the context of current affairs. The language requirement for citizenship in its current form did not exist until 2012. We have economic freedom, opportunity and tremendous wealth and prosperity. Indeed, this bold humanitarian gesture is precisely the type of commitment Canadians champion and support. It is hardly surprizing that many new permanent residents residing in Canada seek Canadian citizenship to be able to study and work in other countries without losing their status.
It demands coordinated efforts across the country among various levels of government and local communities. We have several advantages that keep us safe and protected from the chaos and instability rocking other parts of the world. Malcolm puts forward compelling evidence that the prime minister is undermining Canadian values — and doing it for one simple reason: so his Liberal Party can win favour with special interest groups and add to its voting coalition in time for the next election. More fundamentally, the issue is less over the choice of word and semantics — whether it is multiculturalism, pluralism or interculturalism — and more over the substance of whether the policies encourage more integration or more separation. N Candice hit the high points in her dissertation on the immigration discussion. Apparently, life was better in the camps. Through the proposed legislation, the Liberal government will also return to the previous 18-54 age range for those needing to meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship.
At the time, I predicted that the combination of boosting overall immigration, weakening Canadian citizenship rules, and no longer asking immigrants to learn our language, respect our traditions and adopt our values, was a recipe for disaster. And if not, I hope you read my book and share its message with fellow Canadians. The book is now available through Amazon. Furthermore, her book does little to advance our understanding and knowledge of the challenges in ensuring the ongoing success of the Canadian model of the immigrant-to-citizen process. Even though Jason Kenny spent most of his weekends in ridings with large populations of new Canadians, the Liberals were victorious in 30 of the 33 ridings where visible minorities are the majority.
I wrote that public support for immigration would plummet, and Canada would lose the positive consensus on immigration it once enjoyed. The outcome has already been disappointing, and we are only in the very early stages of a public policy debacle that will be playing out over decades. While this is a substantial increase over previous years, the number has been over 200,000 since 1990 except for 1998 and 1999 and over 250,000 for all years of Harper government 2006-2014 except for 2007 and 2008. For many, the introduction of the language requirement meant no real change as they could use the test report submitted in permanent residency applications to satisfy citizenship requirements. But again, she overstates the impact of the shift, as 54 percent will be in the Economic Class compared with 65 percent before. We heard horror stories about Syrian families being crammed into budget motel rooms with no communication from the federal government or their resettlement caseworkers.
My book shines a light on the ways in which the Trudeau Liberals are compromising our citizenship and undermining Canadian values in order to win favour with activists and special interest groups. This is not an academic work and should not be treated as such, but there is a certain standard that distinguishes serious policy analysis from a book-length opinion piece. The problem is not necessarily the number of Syrian refugees Trudeau will admit 50,000 in 14 months. That is why so many people around the world want to come to Canada. Curiously, the bill does not prohibit the government from stripping citizenship away from those who lied on their application papers and those who covered up war crimes. Testing centre locations are not always accessible.
Far from standing up for Canada and promoting our core principles at home and abroad, Trudeau frequently apologizes for Canada. In Losing True North, Malcolm warned about the pitfalls of Bill C-6, a measure pending approval in the House of Common, which amends the Citizenship Act. Just look at any recent public opinion poll, which show that more and more Canadians want the borders closed and immigration heavily restricted. Thank you for publishing your book Candice. And the media barely batted an eyelash. Shows his true narcissistic identity.
We live in the greatest country in the world. Not by a fluke but a concerted scheme by Trudeau to radically change the landscape of our Country in an attempt to garner votes. Sound immigration policies will benefit the citizenry of the entire country, both natural born and naturalized. To put it in statistical terms, this policy decision will mean that 7,500 more Syrian families in Canada will live in poverty than would have been the case had the government called upon communities and volunteers to lead its refugee effort. All these problems reflect an easily foreseeable shortfall in planning, coordination and resources. She does not acknowledge that the Liberal government kept the Conservative policy of not allowing interpreters in the knowledge interviews, despite pressure within their caucus to abandon the policy.
Otherwise, governments risk not considering the impact of their preferred approach. Setting a grand political goal and implementing it on an artificial timeline is not a good strategy for refugee resettlement. Altering policy to appease special interests or gain political leverage, at the expense of cultural integration and basic human security is unacceptable, and politicians that abuse their privilege in serving the people may soon come to regret their poor choices in the next voting cycle. I share the same opinion. Statistics from Immigration and Citizenship Canada show that privately sponsored refugees perform much better economically than their government-sponsored counterparts. To begin with, the quality of research leaves much to be desired.
However, it is striking that she is silent on the role language and discourse — whether on the part of government leaders or the media — can play in influencing public opinion. Considering the abovementioned, it is hardly surprising that the lack of research resulted in a book full of sweeping generalizations and unverifiable claims. Candice hit the high points in her dissertation on the immigration discussion. . The great love for China that Trudeau has must go much, much deeper than what we all figured was an idiots infatuation for that communist regime.
A particularly outlandish speculation that undermines the credibility of other valid points is the assumption that some people would enter Canada in their 20s and wait until they turn 54 to apply for citizenship just to escape the language requirement. In doing so, the book raises awareness of a relevant and important topic. Admitting Syrian refugees was favored by all major political parties. That is also why, while in China, Trudeau told the one-party authoritarian state that Canada, too, is imperfect when it comes to human rights. Now more than ever in such a rapidly changing and precarious global context, the requirement for careful non-partisan judgment, common sense policy making, strong will and non-pandering practicality are paramount for the continued safety and relative economic prosperity that this country has enjoyed for many decades past. Losing True North is just that — an opinion column blown out of proportion. But Discover Canada, while a major improvement over A Look at Canada, was also unbalanced, as it over-emphasized the military and the Monarchy and underemphasized social history and culture.