WINNIPEG— Liberal Citizenship and Immigration critic Kevin Lamoureux issued the following statement today on the Conservative government’s changes to immigration:
“Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Jason Kenney’s constant changes to the immigration system show incompetence and a lack of long-term vision. The sudden halting of the Federal Skilled Worker Program and Federal Immigrant Investor Program clearly show that he has no plan.
Minister Kenney made a big show of announcing the reformed Federal Skilled Worker Program in April, but now he says it will not be in place until 2013. Returning applications and slamming our doors is not an immigration plan. This Conservative government is dismantling our immigration system and replacing it with nothing. Their reckless decisions will wreak havoc on the lives of those hoping to immigrate to Canada and leaves gaps for businesses that rely on skilled labour.
Minister Kenney has not consulted with opposition parties or allowed any of the substantial changes to receive adequate Parliamentary oversight.
We have built a great and prosperous Canada because previous governments have understood the importance of their role in strengthening the immigration system. Minister Kenney and this Conservative government seem more concerned with flashy photo-ops and speeches than nation building.”