Liberals are all set to turnaround the Conservatives immigration legislation
The liberals complied with the passage of the Conservatives Immigration Legislation in the spring. In the fall they will have their own plan to replace the same legislation.
Liberals say that a part of their planning for the election platform will be cancelling of the immigration section of the government’s budget implementation bill. Although their new immigration plan is not completely finalized yet, but sources spoke about some of the key features that are likely to be found in it. One might see the new immigrants settling outside the major urban areas where most of the immigrants prefer to go currently. A prominent party member said that one can see a provincial nominee program in their plans that would authorize the provinces to determine the local needs.
The liberals say that they will make changes that will have quick effects on the shortages in the labor market. If temporary workers are excluded then it can be observed that the immigration numbers have gone down under the conservatives and they feel that it would go up under the Liberals.
Earlier, the legislation that was passed would enable the government to fast track the applicants whose needs Canada requires and freeze those that are not required at the moment. Critics said that the law gives too much authority to the immigration minister.
Maurizio Bevilacqua, the Liberals’ immigration critic is an expansionist who favoured major increases in immigration during his bid for the liberal leadership. He planned to immediately increase the target for annual immigration to 1 percent of the population or almost 325000 as compared to the current value of 250000.
Although you will not see those kinds of increases in the election platform, but it seems that some views of Bevilacqua are respected. His nation building concept will result in economic growth due to the population growth. He argues that with an aging population and low birth rate, the economic future is in no way bright until more immigrants are brought in with their age under 35 years. He believes that the barriers need to be removed when these newcomers are here so that they can realize in his words, ‘the Canadian dream’.
Liberal leader Stephane Dion said that he stubbornly opposed the Conservative bill. In modern times, the immigrant votes are certainly for the Liberals. This is the key issue for them and it will take time for them get out of the double standards they had earlier set for themselves.