Government Gets It Wrong
Since it’s inception in 2002, Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) has stood for the principle that anyone is entitled to apply for permission to live in Canada and to have his or her admissibility considered fairly, according to purely objective criteria. This core value is now threatened.
In an effort to modernize and streamline the visa application process, the Conservative party has introduced amendments to IRPA that would strike at the very heart of the current law. As a way to cut through the backlog of existing applications, there is a proposal to allow the Minster of Immigration to instruct the visa offices to pick certain candidates quickly, hold on to other applications for later consideration, and to return certain applications without consideration on the merits.
This is a poor approach that will not accomplish the desired results and in the next couple of days I shall be posting another blog explaining why. Please check back soon.