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Abuse of Power

May 31st, 2012

The intention of this blog is to add my voice to the large chorus of critics of Bill C-38, otherwise known as the omnibus budget bill, now before Parliament. The legislation in question is a 425-page document that contains all sorts of non-budgetary measures including significant changes to the Old Age Security system, Employment Insurance rules, the environmental assessment process and immigration.

Of particular interest to the readers of this blog, is that in its present form Bill C-38 would give the Minister of Immigration the authority to summarily get rid of some 280,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications that have been stuck in line for more than four years. Make no mistake about it, the Immigration Minister intends to quickly flex his newfound muscles.

As drastic as these actions will be to those who are affected, they will receive little, if any, scrutiny in the haste to pass the budget. As sad as this is for all those patient people who played by the rules and waited their turn to come to Canada in a legal way, it may be sadder still in the long run for Canadians.

Please take the time to read Andrew Coyne’s column, which is reproduced here as he speaks to the matter much more eloquently than I am able to.

national post article

Reposted from The National Post, May 30, 2012



 
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18 Responses to “Abuse of Power”

  • On June 2nd, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    This is very beautiful . Allowing us to know the eroding control of democracy being eaten up by the perverted democratic autocracy …role of MPs are really pathetic currently …. all we can wish that morale of the people may sustain….

  • On June 2nd, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    nice democracy and strong parliment is the representative of peoples and the progress of country about the rights of peoples is a real democracy .

  • On June 4th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    Thousands of people were asked to wait, their application fees were retained for 4 to 8 years and then suddenly they were told that they are not required in canada. These people never thought such kind of behaviour by a high moral standards and democratic country……..People dont expect that parliment in a developed country will be a rubber stamp like as in dveloping countries.

  • On June 7th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    Unfair. TOTALLY unfair.
    Careers, lives, families, everything is at stake. Whats the point of living if we’re living in so much of uncertainty?

  • On June 10th, 2012, Expert said ...

    These topics sound like a hungry topic. We all know what does it mean however we will never can fill it until be at that position. Do these guys know how hard is to be away from family? You are away from them in the best years of your life which will never happen again. I am really want to ask the officials to improve their systems.

  • On June 10th, 2012, michel tadros said ...

    they said they would return our fees, they should pay for what they did to us emotionally, waiting in vain , losing many good opportunities to go to another destination, i’m really confused about this country, even i re-applied last year, yet they rapidly proceeded many applications after me. why is that? i don’t know

  • On June 19th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    Unfair and inhuman! Thousands of hopes to be shattered because a government failed to effectively plan on how to deal with a backlog after introducing a new immigration process in 2008. We are people, not just statistics. Canada is totally unfair to just refund us after a very long wait. We don’t want your refund!!! We want fairness and proper treatment to our application. This harsh and drastic plan is just inhuman!

  • On June 21st, 2012, CHRISTIAN MORAH said ...

    YES IT IS GOOD FOR CANADA .BECAUSE IT WILL ENABLE THOSE THAT CAN MAKE A LIVING IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY NOT SUFFER OF POVERTY BUT TO IMPROVE THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING IN A GOD BLESS NATION.

  • On June 21st, 2012, CHRISTIAN CHUKWUEMEKA MORAH said ...

    I PRAY FOR CANADA TO ACCEPT ME IN HER BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY SO I CAN EARN WEALTH AND LIVE LARGE LIKE OTHERS AND BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF SITUATION AROUND ME.IN GOD WE TRUST

  • On June 26th, 2012, Sushma said ...

    I am very astonished to listen minister views .Is he not incompetent himself to deal with backlog ? or what is their faults to apply early before 2008. Is they are now got mad ? absolutely ridicules a man thinking destroy so many people’ dreams. Who will give him right. Democratic parliament . pales, think twice to give him power. So he cannot destroy peoples ‘ dream who are waiting from 8 years.

  • On June 30th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    I am amazed at the frequency of mails written in hardly literate print. No wonder the CIC is insisting on IELTS results to qualify for eligibility. I am non-canadian, but I expect that depending on the government’s focus on what immigrants it wants, highly qualified irrespective of language fluency, or diversity. If the latter is preferred, then the government should actually run a quota system of selection based on first and second languages. It should also qualify or disqualify applicants right from thier home countries based on diversity and language tests. I am non-Canadian, but I expect that immigrants should come into the country with thier own cultures and expect to blend into the existing culture. They should in no way try to change the existing Canadian culture to reflect theirs. This has been seen to happen with Asians who have dominated certain regions in provinces. Canadians should feel Canadian wherever they are and not feel transported to some other part of the world shaker thier wishes. New immigrants need to speak fluently both national languages and also readily imbibe the culture and attitudes of the country. If they are not willing to do so, they should stay back in thier native countries. I am saying this as a future Canadian. I love what it means to be one and I hope it won’t be changed or distorted because of a majority race who will not be ” truly canadians”.

  • On June 30th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    very bad…totally unfair to those people who have waited for 7 or more years..they feel betrayed..what about their dreams? Do kenny think that just by refunding their fees he is doing justice to them ? total disuse of his powers. he don’t have any right to play with our dreams.

  • On June 30th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    really total abuse of powers..

  • On July 13th, 2012, UK Immigration Solicitors said ...

    That’s the way democracy is. It has some moments that expose the lobbies which otherwise would be invisible.

  • On July 15th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    All sufferer should case file against Minister Jason Kenney at International Court of Justice

  • On July 17th, 2012, Ernest said ...

    It is time to recognize that removing applicants from a wait list that is years long may have an undisclosed motive.

    Consider that new applicants can now be offered citizenship very quickly, at the expense of applicants who have waited for years. The unfairness speaks to another issue – some applications might get processed first, not due to time on a waitlist (which obviously means nothing to Harper’s mob), but instead applications might be in future processed based on the ability of the applicant to pay “extra” cash incentives.

  • On August 26th, 2012, Anonymous said ...

    It is totally UNFAIR. We were told to wait and we waited PATIENTLY for 7 years even if we knew others who applied much later than us have already left for Canada. I am totally disappointed with the way the Canadian government treated our application. We felt betrayed ….

  • On September 28th, 2012, Brian said ...

    Kenney, the so-called mmigration minister is selling his irrationality to public Canadadians promising them better future without immigrants and exaggerating the data, fale information… He does not tell Canadians that they do not have job because of mass job exportation. He does not tell Canadian what his government is planning to do wth aging popilation and unaffordable pension and retirement. The enire Harper’s government is a lie, started by lies and survive on lies. It is a biggest shame for Canada

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