“A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will seek to ensure that newcomers to Canada, like so many who have already done so, integrate into the Canadian economic and social fabric.”
The Conservative Party of Canada has revealed their immigration policies and principles.
In a speech by Conservative Immigration Critic Michelle Rempel, the Conservatives outlined what would guide an Andrew Scheer-led government when it comes to Canada’s immigration system.
Here’s the text of the principles & policies section of Rempel’s remarks, as originally shared on her website:
First, our principles.
A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will oversee an immigration system that is fair, orderly, and compassionate.
A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will seek to ensure that newcomers to Canada, like so many who have already done so, integrate into the Canadian economic and social fabric. The Conservative Party believes this principle is key to sustaining Canada’s pluralism, and that the best way to do this is to encourage and enable newcomers to become self-sufficient.
A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will ensure that our humanitarian immigration system prioritizes the world’s most vulnerable, and that our intake numbers reflect the cost realities of supporting the integration of those who have fled extreme persecution.
A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will directly link the number and skills of people seeking to enter Canada for economic reasons to the needs of Canada’s economy.
And now, our policies.
This fall, the Conservative Party will embark upon a significant tour to gain feedback on several potential initiatives that an Andrew Scheer-led government would implement.
This Pathway to Canada Tour will seek input from Canadians, newcomers themselves, industry groups, provincial counterparts, international partners, and civil society groups on these and other concepts:
• Completely revamping Canada’s low skilled Temporary Foreign Worker program to achieve the following objectives:
– Ensuring that Canadians get the first crack at jobs in our country;
– That wage distortion and worker abuse are prevented;
– That industry groups who have legitimate need of the program face reduced barriers to receive labour;
– And most importantly, to allow those who enter Canada as low skilled workers a permanent path to residency;
▪ We feel this reform is needed to allow those who are currently using Canada’s asylum system to enter Canada for economic reasons a clear alternative path to enter Canada that is focused on integration and self-sufficiency, and to allow our asylum system to be focused on those who are facing legitimate persecution.
▪ It is also important to show fairness to the foreign workers who run our farms and care for our children that they have priority access into our immigration system, as opposed to those who are currently crossing at Roxham Road.
• Dissembling the permanency of Trudeau’s new immigration program at Roxham Road, by closing the loophole in the Safe Third Country Agreement, and going further by entering Canada into discussions with G7 countries onto a global safe third-country system. This is already happening, to a certain extent, in Europe with the Dublin Agreement renegotiation.
• Revamping Canada’s resettlement services system to better support immigration to and retention in rural communities.
• Establishing a program of more formal ties with provincial governments to ensure that immigration meets provincial labour needs and doesn’t provide strain on provincial social programs.
• Reforming Canada’s refugee resettlement programs to prioritize government sponsored spaces on victims of the four atrocity crimes (Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide, War Crimes, and Crime of Aggression), and to encourage and facilitate greater use of the Privately-Sponsored Refugee Program. We would also push for reform within the United Nations to allow better resettlement response to internally-displaced persons to prevent the failure of the global community to the Yazidis of Iraq from occurring again, and we would ensure that Canada uses its legislative authority to do so within our own programs if the international community won’t.
• Looking at new programs to expedite the reunion of genocide survivors who have resettled to Canada.
• Establishing a new mechanism to oversee the immigration consultant profession to better prevent fraud.
As opposed to calling Canadians nasty names when they ask questions about our immigration process, we will continue to seek to inspire Canadians with a new immigration system that restores the social licence for immigration that Justin Trudeau has lost through his failures. We will also continue to hold Justin Trudeau to account for these failures.
Canada’s Conservative Party believes that unity is Canada’s strength – unity in purpose to maintain our pluralism for generations to come.
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