Abuse of Power
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.
Reposted from The National Post, May 30, 2012