Liberals scrambling on family-immigrant targets after promising to double intake ‘immediately’

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Liberals scrambling on family-immigrant targets after promising to double intake ‘immediately’

"The federal immigration department has said it will be accepting the same number of applications this year as it did in 2015 from parents and grandparents wanting to join family members in Canada, despite a Liberal election promise to double the intake “immediately.” Immigration Minister John McCallum’s office said Monday that McCallum remains committed to fulfilling the election promise, and will be consulting with cabinet in the coming weeks to make it happen. But that hasn’t stopped some from questioning the new government’s broader plan for immigration — and its ability to keep its election promises. Doubling the number of applications from parents and grandparents to 10,000 a year was a central part of the Liberals’ election platform. While the party said this was important for immigrants’ economic and social stability, it was also seen by some as a way for the Liberals to woo immigrant voters away from the Conservatives."

 

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  • Berthiaume, Lee. "Liberals scrambling on family-immigrant targets after promising to double intake ‘immediately’". National Post, January 5, 2016.
  • Canadian immigration policies
  • Family immigration
  • Family reunification