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Monday, November 21, 2005

Millions into Ontario immigration - a few years from now

The Globe and Mail: Ottawa putting millions into Ontario immigration

Let's hope this isn't just another pre-election bartering tool, but the Liberals are finally stepping up to cut a deal with Ontario to help with the expenses associated with new immigrants. Everyone in the government is well aware that of all the Provinces, Ontario is the number one destination for new immigrants to Canada, and Toronto is the primary destination within Ontario.

The only big issue with this announcement is the time it's going to take to implement. Minister Volpe says 5-years. That means only a fraction of the 625,000 immigrants to Ontario over the next 5-years will benefit from this boost in spending.

Provincial Conservative immigration critic Frank Klees also argued the impact of Monday's announcement will be too slow in coming.

"Why has this minister signed an agreement that's going to take five years to phase in," he said.

"It's couched with waffle words that mean nothing to the fathers and the mothers who are desperate today for an opportunity to earn an income and to work in their professions."

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