The opposition parties have been lambasting the Conservatives for wanting to fast track skilled workers into Canada, but passed the bill anyways. So, how do Canadians feel?
It appears that Canadians, and especially people in Quebec line up with the Conservatives not the opposition on this issue.
CPAC had Nic Nanos do a survey about immigration, and people want immigrants with skills first, then family reunification and last refugees, which is the opposite of what we have now.
Here in Alberta, we need skilled workers, and immigration can help if done properly. I think a joint business/government alliance could work really well. Let the businesses do the headhunting and hiring. Let the worker in on a six month or year working visa. If the worker does their job, allow them to apply for citizenship and bring their family to Canada. Makes sense to me, they are already working, they have a year to adjust to being in Canada, and they prove themselves to be good qualified workers. This way the companies get exactly who they need, and the government doesn't have to do as much on the file. If the worker doesn't work out, back to their country they go.
We get a skilled worker, and reunify a family in one step. Instead of the government trying to figure out whether a worker has the proper qualifications, the employer does that for them. Bureaucrats will not like this idea, because they will become obsolete.
But, before all this will work, can we please get provinces to agree that a gas fitter from Quebec can go to work in BC without having to re-qualify for their gas ticket? BC and Alberta have now signed an agreement to that effect, would it be too much for other provinces to sign on? Or are Ontario and Quebec too busy with their cap and trade money laundering scheme?