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Friday, March 29, 2013

Immigration backlog cut by deleting 200,000+ applicants

Reduced skilled labour and affected families, said NDP critic Sims

by Samantha Bayard
OTTAWA , (Straight Goods News) – Immigration minister Jason Kenney proudly announced reducing Canada’s immigration backlog by 40 percent today but didn't say he'd done so by simply deleting more than 200,000 applicants from the queue.
"Backlogs and delays prevent Canada from attracting the best and brightest from around the world and ensuring that our immigration system is contributing to economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Kenney in a news release issued during Question Period.
NDP immigration critic Jinny Sims was outraged. “We have a minister who hit the delete button on close to 300,000 skilled workers applications… basically a minister who has shut the door on many avenues of immigration to this country and then today he gets to say ‘well I have reduced the backlog’, the fact is he has closed applications.
Conservatives have reduced the immigration backlog at the expense of legitimate applicants – Jinny Sims.
“When he hit the delete button on 267,000 applications that wasn’t 267,000 individuals who were impacted that was 267,000 files, that was families”, said Sims describing the affect of these deletions. “I talk to constituents and community members right across this country who tell me the devastating effect on their families when they can’t see their parents and grandparents. So for the minister to claim that he has done this by some sort of magic there is no magic in this. When you shut the door and keep hitting the delete button, the numbers are going to do down.”

About Samantha Bayard

Samantha Bayard is a young journalist living and working out of Ottawa. She has been a contributor to the Straight Goods News family of websites since 2009. She is an avid cyclist and lover of animals.
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