Focus on recruiting immigrants with specialized skills who will contribute to our economy
Canada has always been a country largely open to immigration, because of its vastness and its relative youth. We believe that by and large, our immigration policy has been very successful. However, Immigration should answer the needs of sectors where there is a scarcity of manpower with specialized skills; and in more general terms contribute to increasing the number of younger workers in a society that is fast aging. It shouldn't be used as a social engineering program for ideological purposes.
Reduce the total number of immigrants to 250,000 per year
Preventing our businesses from hiring the immigrant manpower they need with red tape is a big government policy. At the other extreme, mass immigration that would create social tensions and is not in the interest of Canadians is also a big government policy. A government under my leadership would find an appropriate middle ground so as to unleash Canada's economic potential. We would reduce the number of immigrants from 300,000 a year under the Liberal government back to 250,000.
Increase resources for CSIS, the RCMP, and Canadian immigration officials to do background checks and interviews as necessary
To ensure our security, we would increase resources for CSIS, the RCMP and Canadian Immigration and Citizenship to do background checks on all classes of immigrants, including more face-to-face interviews if deemed necessary.
Immigration must not be used as a tool to forcibly change the cultural character and social fabric of Canada
Our immigration policy should not aim to forcibly change the cultural character and social fabric of Canada, as radical proponents of multiculturalism want. The vast majority of Canadians rightly expect immigrants to learn about our history and culture, master one of our official languages, and adopt widely shared Canadian values such as equality of men and woman, tolerance for diversity and respect for Canadian law.
End reliance on the United Nations for refugee selection
We would stop our reliance on the United Nations for refugee selection. Civil society groups that work on the ground have a much better grasp of who could successfully integrate into Canada than a big international bureaucracy. We should rely instead on private sponsorship, including by faith-based organizations. The Liberals are strangling this to make room for poorly delivered state sponsorship.