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Building a new Quebec

December 5th, 2017

In a speech this past summer, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard appealed to English speakers who had left the province to return, saying Quebec needed them.

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It pays to plan ahead

November 1st, 2017

Today, Canada set an ambitious standard in its multi-year Immigration Levels Plan, but was it ambitious enough? Read More »

Dare we?

October 4th, 2017

In a new book, titled ‘Maximum Canada’, author Doug Saunders accounts for how a ‘population deficit’ threatens Canada’s social programs, cities, and environment. Saunders argues that a goal of 100 million Canadians may be worth striving for, but we must start planning now to get it right. This goal is shared by the Century Initiative, a group of prominent Canadians focused on responsibly and thoughtfully growing the population of Canada to 100 million by 2100. Read More »

More Personnel Needed to Process Asylum Claims

September 6th, 2017

Earlier this year, in a previous entry to this blog titled No Easy Answers, I suggested that Canada may not be as prepared as it could be to deal with the potential entrance of thousands of migrants arriving at the Canadian border. Read More »

A lot done, more to do

July 5th, 2017

Canada Day took place last weekend. This year, it was an extra special occasion as the nation celebrated its 150th birthday. The current Liberal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is approaching two years in office, and with a relatively new Minister of Immigration and a swathe of new approaches within the department, now is as good a time as any to reflect on how this government is faring on immigration. Read More »

Slipping through the cracks

June 5th, 2017

Earlier this year, families around the world got the welcome news that Canada was reverting to a system whereby immigration applicants could include accompanying children up to and including the age of 21 on an application for Canadian permanent residence. Read More »

A return to form

May 3rd, 2017

There has been much commotion over recent months about the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP), through which eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) for permanent resident status. Read More »

Actions must follow words

April 4th, 2017

Last month, readers of the Montreal Gazette may have come across the story of Payman, an 11 year-old Iranian boy whose official adoptive parents became permanent residents of Canada in 2014.

The problem is, Payman is still stuck in Iran, vulnerable and without the love and security of his adoptive parents close by. Read More »

No easy answers

March 1st, 2017

Canada and Canadians have, for the most part, presented and enjoyed an attitude to immigration that is welcoming. This phenomenon has been part of our reputation for decades.

Now, is this attitude a consequence of Canadians being somehow unique, or better, than other societies around the world? Is our welcoming smile innate?

Or is it the case that Canada is bound by three oceans, one of which is mostly frozen, and then on one side by the largest immigration magnet in human history, the United States? Read More »

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses”

February 1st, 2017

The historical narrative of North America is built on immigration. Both Canada and United States, and Mexico, for that matter, are largely populated by the sons, daughters, and other descendants of individuals and families who at one point made a major life decision to seek a new and better life far from home. Read More »

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

January 4th, 2017

Canada has a tremendous opportunity to become the foremost educational hub globally, but first it needs to stop confusing those international students who wish to study here. Read More »