Like most Canadians, I have an immigrant story – a story that involves hope and sacrifice in the pursuit of freedom. My grandmother was a refugee who fled the Nazi regime in Germany. She found solace and a home in Canada – a refuge that so many across the world continue to seek today.
A fair, orderly, and compassionate immigration system begins with respect for the rule of law. Under the current Liberal government, illegal immigration has increased exponentially while those who are trying to come to our country through legal channels face unnecessary obstacles.
I have taken the Liberals to task on their failures to stop illegal immigration from the United States. Illegal immigration hurts Canadians and hurts those who are trying to come here legally. I am pro-immigration, and that is why I believe we need to undo the damage that the Liberals have caused.
Conservatives want to help Canadians looking to assist vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers through the private sponsorship channel. We want to ensure that Canada remains the safe refuge that people like my grandmother have sought and found for generations. And, we want to create an equitable process for those have so much to bring to our nation and to add to the Canadian story.
One of the bizarre features of the Liberal approach to immigration is that they have made life very difficult for organizations seeking to privately sponsor refugees. These are groups who want to put up their own money to bring people into communities of love and support, and the data shows that privately sponsored refugees do much better when they get to Canada in terms of integration and employment. Liberals have made life more difficult for private sponsors, while still using public money to sponsor refugees who do not have private support. I believe that we could do much more good for vulnerable refugees and for Canadians if we emphasized the private sponsorship channel.
For those looking for more details on the Conservative approach to immigration, I would highly recommend watching Andrew Scheer’s speech articulating his positive vision for a fixed well-functioning immigration system.