Canada’s Looming Federal Election could put Immigration in the Spotlight

Canada’s Looming Federal Election could put Immigration in the Spotlight

This year will be an important year for Canada as this year’s fall will witness an election to usher in a new government at the central level. And as a result, immigration is expected to be a central issue for the first time in recent times.

On the one hand, Canada’s Liberal government may have the upper hand owing to its pro-immigration policy which has been its central policy for the four years in power.

At a time when the US and other countries were closing their entry doors to foreigners, Canada kept theirs open through the help of liberal policies. Under the Liberals’ multi-year immigration levels plan, about 331,000 new permanent residents are expected to be welcomed in the country this year. With this, there is an increment of almost 21,000, as compared to the overall target in 2018. Roughly 58% of this target has been admitted through Canada’s economic programs.

Skilled workers, foreign entrepreneurs, and students have noticed this open door and as such, prefer Canada to the United States under President Trump, claiming it is more friendly and safe.

However, the Liberals vulnerability is how they have been handling the migration of almost 40,000 asylum seekers, coming in across the country’s border, with the United States since January 2017.

The Situation at Hand

The Conservative party of Canada, the Liberal’s major opponent, pointed out this fact when referring to the statement which was made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter that same month. The Prime Minister, according to the tweet, claimed that Canada was open to people running away from wars and persecution, irrespective of their faith. He also said that the country’s strength lies in its diversity. This tweet was unveiled a day after President Donald Trump had given his first executive orders to ban visitors and refugees from Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, and Syria; countries which had Muslims as the majority.

Since then, lots of foreigners who have been removed from the US have come to claim asylum in Canada, leaving the country with less than enough time for proper processing. As such, there are lots of claims still awaiting a hearing, and this may stretch to years.

Yves Giroux, the parliamentary budget officer for Canada, said the country had about $340 million asylum claims process in 2017 – 2018 and that in 2019 – 2020, the country is expecting it to rise to $396 million.

With the situation being termed as “crisis,” the Conservatives think the Liberals have lost control and ;are endangering the country’s border and immigration system, as well as the lives of the Canadians. Be it as it may, the Canadians are increasing.

Among the 2001 Canadian Adults involved in the new Ipsos poll, half of them believe that most of those who come to the country to seek asylum may not actually be refugees but are in the country for economic purposes. There is also a belief that although most Canadian are in support of the Immigration rather than against it, only 6 out 10 feels that the country’s actual cost is being hidden from the taxpayers by the government and also that much pressure on public services like transportation, education and health has been mounted by immigration.

For Trudeau’s Liberal’s to go for a second term in October, these issues have to be addressed appropriately extensively, stating how the asylum seekers and immigrants will benefit the country.

In as much as Canadians are in favor of immigration, the issues of the borders and immigration system have to be duly treated by the Liberals, so that they can encourage the public, thereby building their confidence towards the next election.

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