The present Canadian government favors immigration policy as the Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself is a keen supporter of this policy. Though there are confounded fears in the mind of the people, that this intake of immigrants will reduce the annual intake of immigrants the government believes it to be otherwise.
Speaking at a recently held dinner the prime minister stated that there has been a record break of immigrants in his tenure compared to the past four decades. Though the Mulroney government had a higher immigration rates compared to the Trudeau government, the rate of immigrants was even higher during the Chrétien government rule.
Though since 2006 the immigration categories have not risen much but then around 56,000 immigrants have entered Canada from India alone. The immigration changes give the immigration minister a lot of power to decide whom to let into the country and whom not to, this can lead to strong objection from the opposition party as they fear that the government may close doors on some of the categories on racial or even ethnic grounds. But the prime minister has retaliated to these allegations stating that the changes in the immigration policy are aimed at fixing the immigration system by reducing the 900,000 plus backlog and current waiting time of six years.
Though today Canada has earned a name for itself as the largest immigration country in the whole world there is little that anyone can do as this immigration backlog will increase by folds in the next five to six years and the waiting time might rise to an overall average of say about 10 years.
The prime minister has stated that in all probable the people of Canada may depend upon these immigrants for labor and all the other proposed changes. Allowing these immigrants will help the entry of skilled workers in the country and this will further help in getting families reunited sooner and thus provide the Canadian economy to bloom with all the human capital that is now required in the country. The present government feels that by allowing the skilled immigrants into the country will have an added advantage as they can make use of this vast human resource for the country’s own progress.
The opposition party has been using this immigration policy to fight against the present day government stating that this vast backlog of immigrants will destroy all the chances for the Canadian people to pave a path for their own future as well as the future of the country’s economy. It has been further confounded that the present government has shown its willingness to face election challenges if the immigration bill is not passed. It is now the time to watch, what the outcome of this immigration bill will bring about in the economy of the country.