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It’s time to grow the country

February 4th, 2016

Next year Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday, and, as we enter what is hopefully a positive new era with a new federal government, we have the opportunity to grow the country. Read More »

Minister, Make Mine a Double

January 6th, 2016

If you visit the government of Canada’s website and search for current processing times under the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for immigration to Canada, you are informed that they are working on applications received on or before November 4, 2011. Read More »

From Double Trouble to Double-Double

December 2nd, 2015

Whatever might be said about Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (don’t you just love that title?), nobody can deny that he has so far rolled up his sleeves. Read More »

Sunny Ways, My Friends . . .

November 4th, 2015

If you were to consider the question ‘who are the foremost statesmen in Canadian history?’, you might well end up with a handful of household names, among them Macdonald, Laurier, St. Laurent, Pearson, Trudeau (Senior), and Mulroney. These were the individuals who were ambitious enough to grow the country, not to mention fortunate enough to be surrounded by a team capable of doing so and a population urging them on. Read More »

Canadians show their government the way

October 6th, 2015

When it comes to helping international refugees in desperate need, it is the Canadian people who are leading the charge. We could be doing more, but some recent news gives grounds to be hopeful that that will soon be case. Read More »

We Can Do Much More

September 9th, 2015

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In 1979, as thousands of Vietnamese were attempting to flee a region in disarray and a totalitarian regime, deputy Canadian immigration minister John Manion brought the manuscript of None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948, to Ron Atkey, the immigration minister. This document catalogued how Canada had largely rejected Jewish refugees from Europe over the course of, and even after, the period of Nazi rule in central Europe. ‘This should not be you,’ Mr. Manion reportedly told Mr. Atkey. Read More »

Kudos to Quebec

September 2nd, 2015

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At exactly this time last year, I wrote an open letter on this blog titled ‘Children Belong in School’.  In this letter, addressed to the Quebec Cabinet Ministers of Immigration and Education, Kathleen Weil and Yves Bolduc, I lamented Quebec’s wayward policy whereby only legal residents and certain categories of immigrants could receive free public education. Read More »

Caught Off Guard

August 4th, 2015

Opening a copy of the Montreal Gazette yesterday morning, I was drawn to an article in the Opinion section titled ‘Becoming Canadian’. It was a superb piece of writing by an American, or rather American-Canadian, writer by the name of Elizabeth Adams. Read More »

Children deserve to celebrate Canada Day

June 30th, 2015

When I was growing up in Montreal, Canada Day, then called Dominion Day, truly meant something to my family. My grandfather landed on Canadian shores in 1906 and, as the children and grandchildren of immigrants, our family loved the spirit and essence of the day. It is our country’s birthday, after all. Read More »

Time For Canada To Give Some Care

June 2nd, 2015

During a recent diplomatic visit to Canada made by Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines, the government of Canada announced that the Philippines was the top source country for new Canadian immigrants in 2014, ousting China and India to claim the top spot. Read More »

You Can Fight City Hall

May 6th, 2015

They say you can’t fight city hall. Actually, you can, but it’s not often that you come out a winner, especially if the stakes are high. Given the assets and resources at the government’s disposal, it isn’t really a fair fight. Sometimes though, right wins over might and the result is extremely rewarding. Read More »

The Fools On The Hill

April 1st, 2015

Typically, April Fool’s pranks are cooked up the night before or the morning of the day itself. Rarely are they a decade in the making. Beginning today, April 1, however, Canadians and non-Canadians working in Canada alike will begin to experience the effects of misguided policies instigated by the government of Canada — the creation of undocumented immigrants to Canada. Read More »