The Liberal government says it will open the doors to immigrants in the U.S. by April 1.
It has promised to provide “financial support” to the millions of Canadians already here, and promised to bring in more refugees and immigrants.
But that promise has some experts worried, especially since the Liberals are under pressure from their own federal party and some Canadian groups to change course.
“It’s important to note that the government is committed to bringing in 100,000 new Canadians in 2017, not the 100,00 that are projected to come in 2018,” says Scott Brison, president of the Canadian Immigration Consultative Centre.
“And it’s not just the Liberals who are facing this challenge.
There are other provinces and territories, too, and it’s getting to a point where we need to start looking at different ways to address this,” Brison says.
And while Brison isn’t saying that the Liberals will open immigration in the coming weeks, he says he expects a number of federal programs to be affected.
“The federal government has been slow to open up and that’s really been the problem, but it’s a challenge for the government.
We’re talking about a federal program that’s supposed to help all Canadians and that can’t open up,” Brion said.
The government’s latest economic update, released last week, showed that Canada’s economy grew by 1.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year, a slower pace than the 3.9 per cent growth that the previous quarter saw. “
As long as the Liberals and the Conservatives are saying, ‘We’re not open to refugees, but we’re open to other people who come here with the intent of bringing people to Canada’ that’s going to be a problem.”
The government’s latest economic update, released last week, showed that Canada’s economy grew by 1.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year, a slower pace than the 3.9 per cent growth that the previous quarter saw.
But it was still a faster pace than that of the U