People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier calls for cuts to immigration levels.
People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has unveiled his immigration plan.
Speaking in Mississauga, Bernier said Canada must focus on putting Canadian Citizens first, cutting immigration levels to 100,000-150,000 per year, down from the current levels of 350,000 per year under the Trudeau Liberals. Those levels are up from the 260,000 per year under the Harper Government.
According to the text of the speech, Bernier also called for focusing on economic immigration, not family sponsorship:
“I can understand why immigrants would want to bring the rest of their extended family here, including older ones who will benefit from our health-care system. But we cannot be the welfare state of the planet.”
In addition to lowering immigration levels, Bernier called for building a border fence at locations where illegal crossings have become prevalent.
Bernier also echoed the comments of Salim Mansur – the former Conservative candidate who was shamefully pushed aside by the CPC, and is now running for the People’s Party – in slamming ‘extreme multiculturalism.’
“A lie based on the idea that all cultures are equal. A lie destructive of our Western liberal democratic heritage, traditions, and values based on individual rights and freedoms.”
Bernier also said racists are not welcome in the PPC:
“I don’t care one bit about people’s race or skin colour. I have said many times that racists and bigots are not welcome in our party. We care about shared values, culture and identity. You can be of any ethnic background or faith and be a Canadian if you share fundamental Canadian values, learn about our history and culture, and integrate in our society.”
Bernier said a PPC government will ensure that all who wish to immigrate to Canada will need a face-to-face interview:
“A People’s Party government will ensure that every person hoping to immigrate to Canada undergoes a face-to-face interview and answers a series of specific questions to assess the extent to which they align with these values and societal norms.
We will increase resources for CSIS, the RCMP and Canadian Immigration and Citizenship to do these interviews and thorough background checks on all classes of immigrants. With fewer immigrants to process, there will be more resources available to achieve this.
Immigrants whose responses or background checks demonstrate that they do not share mainstream Canadian values will be rejected.”
While Bernier’s speech will be controversial among much of the political class, numerous polls have shown the vast majority of Canadians opposed to the immigration increases being imposed by the federal Liberals. There is also growing anger over the fact that, while Canadians keeps saying they want cuts in immigration and cuts to refugee intake, the political elites continue moving in the opposite direction, ignoring the will of the Canadian People.
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