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I guess the turd has sensed his immigration platform is not going over well with Canadians, and since an election is near:

“Buried in this year's omnibus budget implementation bill is a series of amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that essentially disqualify asylum-seekers who have made a claim for refugee protection in any other country. Once the bill receives royal assent, an asylum-seeker can be deported without a hearing, which would seem to violate the Charter as affirmed by Singh v. Canada, where the Supreme Court determined that Charter rights extend to everyone physically on Canadian soil.”

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Another Trudeau disaster. Guess he changed his mind and decided to simply open the gates wide open.

From 2017

The Liberal government is repealing a measure brought in by the Conservatives that required newcomers to live with their sponsoring spouse for two years or face deportation.

The conditional permanent residency status policy, which kicked in October 2012, was designed to clamp down on marriage fraud. But immigrant advocates said it had the effect of trapping some people in violent, abusive relationships.

Under the Conservative policy, sponsored spouses and partners were given a status of "conditional" permanent residence, and were required to cohabit and remain in a conjugal relationship with their sponsor for two years. If they didn't, their status could be revoked, leading to deportation.

At the time, former immigration minister Jason Kenney said the change targeted con artists who dupe Canadians into marriage then dump them once they get to Canada. The measure was also designed to deal with "marriages of convenience," where two persons pretend to be in love for one to gain entry to Canada, often in exchange for money.

Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel said the 2012 policy was brought in to address a real problem of marriage fraud, and called the Liberal move to repeal it a "giant step backward."  "I think it's the wrong approach," she said. "I think it erodes public confidence in the integrity of the immigration system and it puts vulnerable persons at greater risk."

Notice – Government of Canada Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence


Ottawa, April 28, 2017— The Government of Canada has removed the condition that applied to some sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to live with their sponsor in order to keep their permanent resident status.

Under the old regulation, you had to live with your sponsor for two years if, at the time you applied:



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There is all the flooding going on in Ontario and Quebec, 2000 members of the military called out, mayors and politicians screaming for volunteers to come and help sandbag.

We have thousands of asylum seekers being housed, clothed and fed at our expense, why aren't they being "volunteered" to help?

Don't need language skills or any other skill set, just pick up a shovel.

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This will back up the courts for years:

The Canadian Press 
Published Friday, May 10, 2019 4:24AM EDT 
Last Updated Friday, May 10, 2019 10:22AM EDT

OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court says a Pakistani man being held in immigration detention had the right to challenge his imprisonment in person before a judge.

Although Tusif Ur Rehman Chhina was deported to Pakistan in 2017, the high court agreed to hear his case because it rarely gets to rule on the ancient legal remedy known as habeas corpus -- the right to have the validity of one's detention to be reviewed for whether it's lawful.

The high court ruled 6-1 in favour of Chhina, opening new avenues of appeal for migrants facing lengthy detentions.

Friday's ruling centres on Chhina, who was granted refugee protection in Canada in 2006 but was later detained after authorities learned he had a criminal record and after he had fled custody.

He failed in 12 attempts to the Immigration and Review Board to be released and was eventually deported.

The federal government argued that extending the right to direct hearings before judges to migrant detainees would create uncertainty in the legal processes involving these decisions.

The Justice Department has argued that the current system offers a comprehensive and expert process by an independent, quasi-judicial board that provides a meaningful review.

Chhina applied for habeas corpus while in an Alberta maximum-security facility in May 2016.

His refugee status had been revoked in April 2013, and he was placed in immigration detention as danger to the public and because he was considered unlikely to appear for his removal.

He was released from custody six months later because of delays related to his removal, and went missing again before he was re-arrested in November 2015.


Destroying the country proving how democratic we can be.

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So Ralph and Bill say the country is safe, the liberals take public security VERY many guys like this have wandered in to the country?


A man from Nigeria who was claiming asylum in Canada has been sentenced to 52 months in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in a psychiatric ward at a Montreal hospital. 

Quebec court Judge Dennis Galiatsatos sentenced 40 year-old Owolabi Adejojo in March, calling his behaviour "despicable."

The assaults took place in February 2018, one month after Adejojo entered Canada from the U.S. and filed a refugee claim.

It's not clear how Adejojo was able to get into Canada, why authorities didn't seem to be aware of his assault charges in the U.S., or how he ended up in the psychiatric ward.

"I must confess that the lack of detail and information given to the court by the defence about the accused's personal situation was highly unusual and somewhat unsettling," Galiatsatos noted in his decision.

"The court is left completely in the dark about who he is and what his personal circumstances are."

Galiatsatos's decision said all that is known about Adejojo is that he was born in Nigeria and living with his wife and three children in the U.S. with no status for three years before he left them to come to Canada.

He has no family or job here, and no ties to Montreal.

Adejojo has no criminal record in the U.S., but Radio-Canada found an incident report from police in Baltimore involving him.

In October 2017, he was arrested and charged with assault.

The incident report said Adejojo attacked two men he'd been staying with at an apartment with a broken beer bottle.

The charges were suspended, which, in the state of Maryland, means they're set aside for a year but prosecutors have the option to reopen them at any time.

Radio-Canada also found another court document ordering Adejojo to keep the peace and be on good behavior from December 2017, although it's not clear from the court document what the order is related to.

Asylum seekers are supposed to be subject to thorough background checks. Reporters asked federal Border Security Minister Bill Blair about the case Tuesday morning in Ottawa.


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Canada has a problem:


Ads urging women to come to Canada to give birth tout the value of providing their child with Canadian citizenship.

“Go to Canada to vacation and give birth to a child,” says one online ad targeting Mainland Chinese mothers. “U.S. rejected your visa? No problem! In fact, Canada is better!”

Ads tell women that going to Canada for automatic citizenship is a “gift” for their babies since their children will be able to get free education, cheap university tuition and student loans, according to translations provided by Liberal MLA Jas Johal and verified by Postmedia.


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More good news from the land of the turd:


Hundreds of criminals connected to the illegal drug trade are freely plying their trades as importers, go-betweens and hitmen in Canada — according to Quebec news outlet TVA Nouvelles — largely because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government dropped the visa requirement for Mexican travelers.

TVA investigative journalist Felix Seguin spoke to several in-the-know sources who revealed there are 400 criminals who have recently entered Canada to traffic drugs — half of them living in Quebec while the other half are presumed to be mainly operating in the Toronto area.

At least several of the estimated 400 who recently infiltrated the Canadian border are believed to have used fake Mexican passports.

Mexican asylum claims skyrocketed once Trudeau waived the visa, going up from 260 in 2016 to over 3,300 in 2018. The visa requirement was originally put in place by the Harper government in 2009 to curb a spike of asylum claims from Mexico. The policy largely worked, with claims dropping down to double digits in 2013.


But Ralph still says we’re safe:


Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office responded by saying government agencies have a robust screening process and work closely with Canada’s Five Eyes partners to detect criminals.

Goodale’s office also mentioned how the Trudeau government passed legislation to allow the CBSA to be informed when individuals leave the country, “addressing a key security gap.” No direct response was given for the hundreds of criminals who purportedly infiltrated Canada’s border security and remain in the country.

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On 5/24/2019 at 7:42 PM, st27 said:

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’


and a Liberal has never lied.

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Federal bureaucrats tried to stall the release of details surrounding the Liberals’ surprise payment to Quebecers living near the main entry point for irregular asylum claimants, according to an internal document marked "secret."

Last November, Ottawa dished out tax-free stipends ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 (based on proximity) to roughly 45 homes, for the "inconvenience" of having more traffic and noise outside their front doors.

No similar payment was made to Manitobans.

Border Security Minister Bill Blair contrasted the thousands of people entering along Roxham Road in Quebec, where dozens of security personnel were stationed, to the more spread-out crossings near Emerson.

In a document marked "secret," obtained through a freedom-of-information request, public servants recommended the Liberals not make any public statements nor media releases about the payments, "to minimize possible negative reactions," as well as risks.

The payments came to light when residents contacted local media. At time, the Liberals refused to provide a ballpark figure of how much these expenses would cost, until they were finalized.

In March, facing a formal request by Conservative MP Ted Falk, the Liberals produced an estimate of $405,000 in compensation, out of an original budget of $485,000.


Your tax $$$$$$ at work in a clear and transparent manner....

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This should make a few heads explode...

Number of employed immigrants in Canada reaches new high, even as more are welcomed in

The increase was likely driven in part by the country's strong job-creation run, which has encouraged companies to hire more people who usually find themselves at the margins of the workforce


OTTAWA — The share of recent immigrants of prime working age who had employment reached a new high last year, even though Canada has been opening its doors to more newcomers than ever before, according to an internal federal analysis.

The increase was likely driven in part by the country’s strong job-creation run, which has encouraged companies to hire more people who usually find themselves at the margins of the workforce, says the document prepared for Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Immigrants who arrived less than five years ago fall into that category.

The analysis provides a closer look at the impact of immigration on a labour force that has posted big gains in recent years.

After economic slowdown last winter the unemployment rate has hovered near 40-year lows. As a result, employers have reported challenges when trying to fill job vacancies.

“The performance of recent immigrants on the labour market has markedly improved in recent years, especially when considering the scale of immigrants arriving in Canada every year,” reads the January briefing note, obtained through access-to-information law.

The memo says the employment rate for immigrants aged 25 to 54 who landed less than five years ago, was 71 per cent last year. It was the indicator’s highest level since 2006 — which is as far back as the data goes.






“Similar trends are witnessed for immigrants that landed between five and 10 years ago,” the briefing said.

The topic of immigration has become more polarized in a number of countries, which may reflect the poor socio-economic outcomes for immigrants and economic stagnation of the middle class who use immigration as a scapegoat


The labour-force participation and unemployment rates of recent immigrants were better than before the last recession, over a decade ago. Selection criteria have targeted immigrants with better earnings prospects and recent newcomers to Canada are more highly educated, the analysis said.

The share of prime-aged immigrants with post-secondary educations rose from 75 per cent in 2006 to 80 per cent in 2018. That’s nine percentage points higher than the share in the general population in the same age range.

Canada has welcomed more immigrants in recent years — and the government intends to bring in more. It has set targets of nearly 331,000 newcomers this year, 341,000 in 2020 and 350,000 in 2021.

The numbers are rising at a time of growing public debate about some aspects of immigration. It could become an issue in the lead-up to the October federal vote.

A lobby group representing chief executives of Canada biggest companies has urged political parties to avoid aggravating public concerns about immigration during the campaign.

Business leaders made clear the economic case in favour of immigration, especially as baby boomers age and the country seeks workers to help fund social programs, like public health care, through taxes.

The Finance Department document argues that, in general, immigrants in Canada have done well because the country has maintained a positive attitude towards immigration.

“The topic of immigration has become more polarized in a number of countries, which may reflect the poor socio-economic outcomes for immigrants and economic stagnation of the middle class who use immigration as a scapegoat,” it says.

“The economic benefits of immigration are largely dependent on how well newcomers integrate into the labour market. Increasing immigration — or any increase in the population — will drive demand for goods and services, contributing to economic growth.”

The document also noted the strong economic and education outcomes for second-generation Canadians, compared to children of two Canadian-born parents.

Among individuals aged 25 to 44, 95 per cent of second-generation Canadians had completed high school compared to 89 per cent of those whose parents were both Canadian-born. Forty-one per cent of second-generation Canadians had university degrees versus 24 per cent of people with two Canadian-born parents.

In 2017, second-generation Canadians earned average employment incomes of $55,500, versus $51,600 for children of Canadian-born parents.

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I don’t think anyone is against immigration if it’s done legally. That being said, I believe immigration entirely from one place in the world strictly for political purposes will only harm the country in the long run.

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^^So 29% of immigrants who arrived less than 5 years ago still aren't working.

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A Liberal MP is calling on the federal government to address the practice of non-resident mothers coming to Canada to give birth, which he calls an “awful practice” that must be stopped.

Joe Peschisolido, Liberal MP for Steveston-Richmond East, says he has spoken with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen about the issue of “birth tourism” and expects a response from government to be forthcoming.

Mr. Peschisolido said such practice is taking advantage of Canadian immigration and health-care systems.

“You have folks who are buying their way into Canada. Their children spent the first seven to 14 days of their lives and then they leave, and they become Canadian citizens without contributing anything to Canada," he said in an interview on Thursday.

"These folks don’t deserve Canadian citizenship.”


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I wonder if the communities that are named were asked if they wanted to be involved?  Of course the next question is how will those communities fund the money likely needed to support their newcomers?

Ottawa picks 11 communities for pilot immigration project

The federal government has picked 11 communities from across Canada to kick off a new pilot program aimed at attracting immigrants to rural and northern communities.

Program aims to fill labour gaps from declining birth rate, aging population

Kathleen Harris · CBC News · Posted: Jun 14, 2019 9:03 AM ET | Last Updated: 24 minutes ago
refugee-backlogs-20190430.jpgImmigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on Friday will announce the 11 communities that will take part in an immigration pilot to attract newcomers to remote and northern communities. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)
The federal government has picked 11 communities from across Canada to kick off a new pilot program aimed at attracting immigrants to rural and northern communities.

The goal of the program is to bring newcomers to regions confronting severe labour shortages due to a youth exodus, declining birth rate and aging population.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is making a formal announcement today in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

"The equation is quite simple. Attracting and retaining newcomers with the needed skills equals a recipe for success for Canada's rural and northern communities," he said in a news release. "We have tested a similar immigration pilot in Atlantic Canada and it has already shown tremendous results for both newcomers and Canadians."

The selected communities are:

  • Thunder Bay, Ont.
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
  • Sudbury, Ont. 
  • Timmins, Ont.
  • North Bay, Ont.
  • Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee, Man.
  • Brandon, Man.
  • Moose Jaw, Sask.
  • Claresholm, Alta.
  • West Kootenay region of B.C.
  • Vernon, B.C.

The government will begin working with communities this summer to help them identify candidates for permanent residence as early as this fall. The first newcomers under the pilot are expected to arrive in 2020.

'Continued vibrancy of rural areas'

Communities were selected as a representative sample of regions to lay out a "blueprint" for the rest of the country. 

About 78 per cent newcomers to Canada settle in big cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver under existing federal economic immigration programs. 

Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan said the pilot program will support the economic development of the communities by testing new, community-driven approaches to fill diverse labour market needs.

"The initial results of the Atlantic immigration pilot show that it has been a great success," she said in a news release. "I'm pleased we are able to introduce this new pilot to continue experimenting with how immigration can help ensure the continued vibrancy of rural areas across the country."

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Canada resettled more refugees than any other country in 2018, UN says

Canada admitted the largest number of refugees who were resettled last year and had the second highest rate of refugees who gained citizenship, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency's global report.

Canada took in 28,100 of 92,400 refugees who were resettled in 25 countries last year

The Canadian Press · Posted: Jun 20, 2019 7:57 AM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago
refugee-numbers-20190619.jpg The UNHCR's annual global trends report shows Canada took in 28,100 of the 92,400 refugees who were resettled in 25 countries during 2018. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Canada admitted the largest number of refugees who were resettled last year and had the second highest rate of refugees who gained citizenship, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency's global report. 

The UNHCR's annual global trends report shows Canada took in 28,100 of the 92,400 refugees who were resettled in 25 countries during 2018; the United States was second with 22,900. About 1.4 million refugees were in need of resettlement in 2018, but only 92,400 were resettled.

The data also show Canada gave citizenship to the second largest number of people who had arrived as refugees — a figure that helps to measure how well countries are integrating refugees. A total of 18,000 refugees became Canadian citizens last year, a substantial increase over 2017, when just over 10,000 refugees were naturalized. The number had been declining over time.

Michael Casasola, UNHCR Canada's senior resettlement officer, said Canada has been a leader on welcoming refugees and giving them opportunities to thrive.

He pointed to Canada's private sponsorship program, which accounts for two-thirds of Canada's resettled refugees. By offering community-based supports that come directly from citizens and charitable organizations, refugees who arrive through this program achieve better outcomes and become better integrated into their communities than government-sponsored refugees.

"Canada's approach to integration works. It encourages integration, it welcomes refugees to become part of Canadian society, including obtaining citizenship, and among all the immigrants who come to Canada, refugees have the highest [citizenship] uptake," Casasola said.

Still, an influx of "irregular" asylum seekers crossing into Canada using a forest path between New York state and Quebec has become a divisive political issue, with conservative politicians often referring to these individuals as "queue-jumpers" and "illegal" migrants.

The UNHCR report shows Canada was the ninth largest recipient of new asylum seekers in 2018, with 55,400 claims filed. Over 19,000 of those were from people intercepted by the RCMP for crossing "irregularly" into Canada.

Only a fraction of global refugee issue

While these numbers represent an overall increase in the number of asylum seekers to Canada — a situation that has led to major backlogs in processing claims and problems finding housing for asylum seekers in Montreal and Toronto — the UNHCR figures show Canada's experiences are nothing compared to the waves of refugees flocking to other countries. There they await processing and possible resettlement elsewhere.

"Only 16 per cent of the world's refugees are in developed states," Casasola said.

"The reality is the vast majority of refugees are in front-line countries. So we always have to be careful in certain discourse globally in terms of trying to present that somehow we're inundated when other countries bear much larger responsibilities that they take on when refugees cross their border."

Turkey hosted the largest number of refugees worldwide, with 3.7 million people in 2018, while Pakistan hosted 1.4 million and Uganda 1.2 million.

Overall, the number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict worldwide ballooned to over 70 million — the highest level since the Second World War and an increase of more than two million from a year earlier — an overall total that would amount to the world's 20th most populous country.

The annual Global Trends report, released on Wednesday to coincide with World Refugee Day on Thursday, counts the number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people.

The National examines the growing number of refugees worldwide:

The planet is on the move in ways we have never seen before. The number of refugees has hit a new record. And in places like Lebanon, where more than 1 million Syrians have fled, their welcome could be running out. 4:51

The figures are bound to add fuel to a debate at the intersection of international law, human rights and domestic politics, especially the movement in some countries, including the United States, against immigrants and refugees.

Launching the report, UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi had a message for U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders, saying it's "damaging" to depict migrants and refugees as threats to jobs and security in host countries. Often, they are fleeing insecurity and danger themselves, Grandi said.

The report also puts a statistical skeleton onto often-poignant individual stories of people struggling to survive by crossing rivers, deserts, seas, fences and other barriers, natural and man-made, to escape government oppression, gang killings, sexual abuse, militia murders and other such violence at home.

Venezuelans now file 1 in 5 of new asylum claims

Amid runaway inflation and political turmoil at home, Venezuelans for the first time accounted for the largest number of new asylum seekers in 2018, totalling more than 340,000 — or more than one in five worldwide last year. Asylum seekers receive international protection as they await acceptance or rejection of their requests for refugee status.

UNHCR said that its figures are "conservative" and that Venezuela masks a potentially longer-term trend.


Some four million people are known to have left the South American country in recent years. Many of those have travelled freely to Peru, Colombia and Brazil, but only about one-eighth have sought formal international protection, and the outflow continues, suggesting the strains on the welcoming countries could worsen.

Grandi predicted a continued "exodus" from Venezuela and appealed for donors to provide more development assistance to the region.

"Otherwise these countries will not bear the pressure anymore and then they have to resort to measures that will damage refugees. We are in a very dangerous situation."


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Something must be going right if even with this influx, unemployement is dropping...

Canada’s job numbers make history with biggest gain on record

The country's jobless rate is hovering near four-decade lows

jobs-new.jpg?quality=80&strip=all&w=780Canada’s jobless rate dropped to 5.7 per cent, and is hovering near four-decade lows.Postmedia

Canada’s economy posted record job gains in April that, along with a pick-up in wages, is the strongest signal yet the country is coming out of a six-month stint of weakness.

Employment rose by 106,500 in April, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, the biggest one-month increase in data going back to 1976. That trounced the median economist forecast for a gain of 12,000 positions. The country’s jobless rate dropped to 5.7 per cent, and is hovering near four-decade lows.

“As much as I try to poke holes in these numbers, I can’t,” Derek Holt, an economist at Scotiabank, said by phone from Toronto. “You’ve got sector breadth, you’ve got regional breadth, the four biggest provinces are up.”

The report reaffirms just how much the labour market has been the main driver of Canada’s expansion and ratifies the central bank’s view the recent slowdown would be temporary. Friday’s numbers add to other indicators that show the country is on the path back to growth after stalling for much of the past six months.

The Canadian dollar jumped 0.7 per cent to 74.70 US cents at 9:54 a.m. in Toronto. Two-year Canadian government bond yields climbed 4 basis points to 1.62 per cent, as investors pared bets the Bank of Canada would need to cut rates to fuel the expansion.

Canada has added 426,400 jobs over the past 12 months, the largest one-year increase since 2007 and up 2.3 per cent over that period. Over the past two years, the economy has added 700,000 jobs.

“It seems like there’s a little more strength left in the Canadian economy,” Brian DePratto, a senior economist at Toronto Dominion Bank, said in a telephone interview.

For months, the labour market had been the lone bright spot in a struggling economy, and was the only thing giving policy makers much comfort.

We have a plan to grow our economy – and it’s working. Canadians have created over 1 million jobs since 2015, including more than 100,000 in the last month alone – most of which are full time.

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 10, 2019

Analysts had warned as recently as last month that Canada ran the risk of falling into a recession amid a perfect storm of negative factors — falling oil prices, volatile financial markets, higher interest rates, cooling housing markets and global trade tensions. But many of these elements have begun to reverse.

Exporters showed across-the-board resiliency in March, after shipments tumbled in February. Toronto’s housing market, the country’s largest, is stabilizing after a recent slump. There are also signs consumers continue to spend and borrow, aided in large part by the strong labour market, even amid worries about the outlook.

The job gains in April were broad-based – across industries, regions and demographics —with few weaknesses. Most of the gains were full-time, up 73,000, and in the private sector. Both goods-producing and services sectors recorded gains.

Even wages – which have been sluggish – are showing signs of life. Annual hourly wage gains accelerated to 2.5 per cent in April, the fastest annual gain since September, up from 2.4 per cent in March. Pay gains for permanent employees rose to 2.6 per cent, the strongest increase since August.

Total hours worked also picked up, increasing by 1.3 per cent annually in April, from 0.9 per cent in March.

The jobs increases have largely reflected higher labour force numbers as the economy pulls in new workers – youth and immigrants in particular – rather than falling unemployment. The number of people in the labour force jumped by 108,100 in April, also a one-month record, on a surge in youth participation.

“We’re drawing in people, and that tells you how tight the labour market is,” Tony Stillo, director of Canada economics at Oxford Economics, said by phone.

Regionally, there were gains in most provinces including Alberta, which saw 21,400 jobs created. Employment in Ontario jumped by 47,000 in April, with job increases in Canada’s largest province at 205,000 over the past year. Quebec employment rose by 38,000, dropping its unemployment rate to 4.9 per cent, the lowest in data going back to 1976.

Strong increases in youth employment also lowered the unemployment rate for that demographic to record lows.

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Must be the breath of fresh air given to the business community from the provincially elected CONSERVATIVE governments.....😉😉😉

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It's more like  conservative bad breath as these policies were from the current Federal government you are complaining about.

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What specific policies of the trudeau government have helped the strongest growing provinces, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec?? Housing construction is cited as a major employer but that is not sustainable, more of a one off. Other than immigration,which has created huge problems for the affordable housing market, what are the main economic generators of the economy that the government can claim to be successful?

And deficit spending to create jobs (we know trudeaus idea of modest deficits and promises to balance) Is not sustainable.

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Before you blame immigration for the housing problems, maybe look to the real cause...

And when you mention deficit spending, Ford ( and Scheer is hinting) that corporate welfare is better for us all.  History proves that wrong.

"Studies show that economic growth has been on average more than 2 per cent higher under Liberal governments than under Conservative ones. On budget balancing, the Tory historical record is one to run from."


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Those houses have been removed because of the runaway prices and are being used as an investment tool rather than a primary residence...prices have gone up from rampant speculation from investors and foreign buyers looking to park dirty money.

As for the economic analysis, you and I choose different messengers.

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Regardless of the messenger, the numbers are the same, it's the spin that's different.

Regarding housing, if they just changed the rules regarding temporary accommodations, ie Air BNB style operations to even the playing field with hotel operations, then there would be more accountability and less lack of affordable housing.  These operations cut off access for those who want a home instead of on investment.

At the same time, it is increasing costs for the cities due to bad behaviour and the need for extra policing.

So while the argument may be made that is unlocking the potential of housing and generating extra income, the downside is making it difficult for the rest of residents and for people to find affordable homes.


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Our government must be a laughing stock a the world where countries have sovereignty over their borders:

A major part of the scheme saw Chinese nationals fly to the United States on valid travel visas, make their way to Seattle and then get dropped off by members of the network at or near Peace Arch Park — a 16-hectare park that straddles the international border between Surrey, B.C., and Blaine, Wash.

An email to would-be border jumpers, uncovered during the investigation and translated from Chinese, instructed them to “smile” and “be natural” when walking through the park and to pretend to take pictures. “If someone questions, the answer is, (I’m) only tourist … not going to Canada,” it said.


And on the other hand, a statement from our immigration minister:

"My wish is that we continue to increase levels in our immigration system for refugees. I'm very open to saying that, and I will do whatever I can, in whatever position I am in, to continue to push for higher refugee numbers every single year."

One way to dramatically increase those levels would be to open up economic immigration streams to refugees in addition to humanitarian programs, Hussen said.

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