Vol. 2 No. 12 "India is the cradle of the human race... " - Mark Twain
July 2008 "Canada is one of the oldest federations the planet still has up and running." - Roy MacGregor
to be passed:
The following email was received from Conservative Party's Media office. Globalom Media requested views of Federal Leader of the Opposition and other MPs of Liberal Party but nobody other than Dr Ruby Dhalla responded.
On June 9 night, Members of Parliament voted 121 to 90 in favour of Bill C-50, the 2008 budget implementation act. The bill received third and final reading in the House.
The amendments to the Immigration law, which are embedded in the budget bill, will give the immigration minister greater selection powers to limit the number of new immigration applicants.
Only 15 Liberal MPs joined Stephane Dion in showing
up to vote against Bill C-50.
Why, after spending months fear mongering over Bill C-50
did the Liberals allow this legislation to pass?
Could it be that Dion and his Liberal colleagues really
agree with the proposed immigration changes?
In fact, former Liberal Immigration Minister Judy Sgro
(York West) said that her cabinet colleagues, including Dion,
supported her proposed changes to immigration when she was
Sgro and other Liberal MPs who have previously acknowledged the
serious problems created under the Liberals in the immigration
system, all missed the vote last night.
Now that Liberals have allowed this legislation to pass the
House of Commons, will they admit that they were misleading
Canadians with their cheap partisan attacks and apologize for
their fear mongering?
Judy Sgro (York
West): The federal government needs to make a dramatic move such
as limiting the number of foreigners who can apply to enter Canada
if it hopes to tackle the ballooning backlog of applications, a
former immigration minister says . (Toronto
Star, November 2, 2006)
Judy Sgro says she had the support of the former Liberal
cabinet for a sweeping - and controversial - overhaul that would
have all but eliminated the immigration backlog that now stands at
800,000. "The world looks to Canada like we have this great
immigration system. We do, but you're not doing the system justice
by taking applications that aren't going to get processed for
years and years and years," she said. "It doesn't make
any sense to us to be continually taking these names ... the
reality is we need to change the system," Sgro said in an
interview yesterday. (Toronto Star, November 2, 2006)
"If we said we'll take 1,000, when we have that first
1,000 we shut the door until we get those processed," –
Judy Sgro. (Toronto Star, November 2, 2006)
Michael Ignatieff (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) said he was proud of many
Liberal achievements, "but I think I have to admit . . . that
we didn't get it done on immigration."
As an example, he pointed to the failure of the immigration
system to address labour shortages that have been "a real
drag" on booming economies in Western Canada.
(The Province, September 17, 2006)
Ignatieff said that the "paperwork and hassle in the
immigration system is a scandal." (Vancouver Sun, May 15,
Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre): “I’m almost reaching
the point where I believe that our whole immigration system has
become dysfunctional. That
in fact it’s at the point of being broken.” (CBC.ca, September
* Omar Alghabra (Mississauga-Erindale): "For a long time we've been measuring success by the number of immigrants who come in to Canada," he said, "but we should be measuring our success by the economic and social progress of the immigrants who arrive here." (Mississauga News, January 25, 2007)
The bill contains the following immigration reforms:
Dr. Ruby Dhalla stood up for residents of Brampton by voting against Bill C-50. She "voted against the bill after listening and consulting with her constituents... will continue to work with her colleagues to ensure the rights of immigrants in Canada are respected."
the bill did pass in the House of Commons, Dr. Dhalla was "steadfast
in her opposition to the bill from the very beginning, and voted
against the bill in previous readings."