Canadian Parties` Positions in Immigration

CanadianParties` Positions in Immigration


CanadianParties` Positions in Immigration

Inthe recent times, the Canadian immigration policy has led to a heateddebate among the political parties in Canada. With the election inCanada to be conducted in the near future, the political parties havetaken to the people to sell and market their ideas of what will betheir key policies when they are elected into the office. As thefederal election is on the horizon, one of the topics that have ledto divided opinion from the parties is the issue of immigration. Thequestion about how currently the country is handling immigrationissues have led to political parties taking different stands.

Eachof the national political/federal parties in Canada that arecurrently represented in the country’s House of Commons has had itsown take on the matter with the idea being to implement the policyonce the party gets into power. Some of the parties that have engagedin the debate entail the Conservatives, liberals, Green, NDP, and theBloc Quebecois’. This paper analyzes each of the Canadian party’sposition with regard to the immigration debate, as well as drawing myposition on the same. Immigration policy under the ruling party’s‘Conservative Party’ has over time changed substantially with theimplementation of rules and regulations making it impossible orharder for refugees and other immigrants to make Canada their home.The following is what the parties promised/plan to do according tothe immigration issue id elected into the office.

TheLiberalPartyis one of the parties drawn in this debate, and focusing on winningthe coming election. Once the Liberal Party wins the ruling party,the party is promising to make several changes with regard toimmigration policies. The part plans to revoke the changes that wereinitially made by the Bill C-50, with the parties arguing that, thebill fails to support a fair system with regard to the process.Secondly, the part plans to commit an estimated amount of $400million with their main focus being to increase the efficiency of thecountry’s immigration system (CBC News, 2015). Moreover, the amountwas committed to enhancing language training for the immigrants, aswell as establishing programs for internships, and work offeringopportunities. Another stand by the liberal party is that they haveplanned to develop a program that would allow for internationalstudents, live-in caregivers as well as temporary workers to be ableto apply for permanent residence within the country (Canada).Finally, the party plans to bring into use the ‘welcome Canadapass”. This is an entry visa, five-year renewable that would begiven to people who may have Canadian citizen sponsorship (CIC News,2015).

Anotherparty that has voiced their plan with regard to the immigrationdebate is the NDP.The party promises to recognize foreign professionals who may workwithin Canada, or willing to come to Canada. The party also plans toabolish the current Processing for immigrant’s applications, aswell as increase the rate at which family re-unions are executed.Additionally, the party also promises to make amendments to thecountry’s visa program in order to enhance family visitations. Moreso, they would launch an appeal division for refugee. It’s the NDPplan to offer refuge to the American soldiers who chooses not to goto Iraq. Like their liberal counterparts, the NDP party plans to makechanges to country’s immigration system so as to accommodate freeand fair entrance for refugees and other immigrants on a humanitarianbasis. Finally, the party looks forward to implementing the abilityof the country to accept credential and degrees from other countriesas well as increase financial support for new immigrants for easysettling, and literacy, orientation as well as community integration(Caleb, 2015).

Nextthere is the GreenParty,which like NDP has plans to abolish barriers so as professionalcredentials from the immigrants are recognized by the immigrationsystem. Moreover, the party has promised to offer financial help forlanguage training to the immigrants as well as offering night schoolprograms for easy settling into the country. The party hasadditionally promised to make adequate plans for the estimated200,000 people in Canada who lacks official documents to berecognized. Finally, the party has also focused on fighting shoddyimmigration workers as well as human smugglers.

Nextthere is TheBloc Québécois Partywhich plans to first streamline the country’s immigration systemmaking it more humanistic as well as efficient. The party has statedCleary it’s against the famous Bill C-50. Additionally, the partybelieves that immigration issues should be controlled by provincialand not the federal authorities as it is today.

Lastly,there is the current ruling party ‘TheConservatives’who has failed to make any specified promises regarding theimmigration issue. However, the party looks to be in support of itscurrent performance and in turn looks forward to continuing with BillC-50 which offers powers to the immigration minister to control thenumber of immigration applicants as well as a check of skilledimmigrants who may immigrate to Canada (Reitz, 2015). The party iscontented with its current handling of the immigration docket andlooks to exact the same once re-elected into power.

Withreference to the current immigration policy in the Canada and fromthe issues raised by the parties, the current immigration system hasfocused more immigrants who have economic gains for the country, overfamily and humanitarian ground. Canada should streamline itsimmigration system in order to equally admit immigrants not only onprofessional and work but also on humanitarian and ground. This wouldmake the current plan more pleasing to the Canadians as well asimmigrants. With reference to the country’s immigration policy,there are three guiding objectives which are reuniting of families,fulfilling Canada’s international obligations i.e. humanitariantradition with respect to refugees, and lastly to help in fostering astrong economy of the country (Anwar, 2014). If the country maintainsits system within the core objectives of their immigration policy,there would a balanced aspect with respect to the current debate.


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