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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Hold the line - no - grow the line

If Canada is facing a labour shortage, then what does the Conservative Government plan to do about it? Sounds like about the same thing they are doing on the environment - a whole lot of nothing.

In an article in today's
Toronto Star, immigration officials say they plan to keep 2007 immigration numbers just about the same as 2006. Granted, the numbers are strong - 260,000 new immigrants in the next year - but what's distressing is the article's footnote:

"Yet the report also notes that the department is grappling with a backlog of applications that now tops 800,000, a challenge that officials recognize they must address."

Must address? I'll say so. The last number immgration gave up about the backlog of applicants was over a year ago and at that time, they claimed 700,000. That's a increase in the number of applicants in line of over 14% over the last year.

So when are they going to address it? Maybe Mister Harper needs to put The Honourable Rona Ambrose to work on it...she's good at making plans.

Then, by the year 2050...

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