i don't agree with you about the priority of applications.
because i have seen many persons who are getting maple leaf but they are from 2004 and 2005.
So, it is unpredictable.
Well i am just supposing that they are trying to clear the backlog as soon as possible.
actually they want to focus on the new application criteria.
This is i think.
Post june 2010 and July 2011/2012 applicants are on First Priority 29 occupation List
Feb 2008 to June 2010 applicants are on Second Priority 38 occupation List
Before feb 2008 applicants are on Second and Third Priority Both