Sorry to say but the website is very badly written and contains a lot of wrong and misleading information. My spouse is thinking about sponsoring her parents at some point in the future, and both of us are perfectly fine with the lottery. It's not unfair at all and represents the only way to give equal and fair access to the program to all Canadians/PRs that meet the basic eligibility requirement. I would even go one step further and make the lottery only open to Canadian citizens. And comparing to the US system is irrelevant since in the US the parents wouldn't have immediate full access to all healthcare related services like they do here. Healthcare is basically the ONLY reason that the strict caps and measures are put on the parents program to begin with.