NDP still not happy with changes in family re-unification

Vancouver, January 8 (CINEWS): Despite the fact that the Liberals have doubled the number of applications allowed for parents and grandparents to 10,000 each year as well as the budget for processing them; providing greater access to applicants who have Canadian siblings; restoring the maximum age for dependents to 22 from 19; and giving spouses immigrating to Canada immediate permanent residency by dropping the current two-year waiting period, the NDP is not impressed.
The NDP Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Critic Jenny Kwan on Monday called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to honour a key campaign promise to the immigrant community. She goes on to say the 10,000 cap on the number of grandparents and parents does not go far enough. Infact it is too much like the cap of 5,000 imposed by the previous Conservative government.
“I was concerned when the government announced on their website last November that they had begun accepting new applications without stating the number of applications that they would accept,” said Kwan. “Today’s announcement confirms that they are breaking their promise. There is no reason why they would not honour this election promise to Canadians.”
Kwan added that the announcement is a betrayal to thousands of families who are hoping to reunited with their loved ones. “Canadians voted for change. They want to see a government that delivers on its election promises. Families—many of constituents included—have waited for a long time to reunite with their loved ones. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister [of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John] McCallum must honour their promise to the immigrant community.”
Perhaps what would satisfy the NDP and perhaps many immigrant families would be to eliminate any waiting period for all those who apply under that category. And it goes without saying that there should be no caps on the numbers.

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