Scheer lays out Conservative immigration plan | Power & Politics

Scheer lays out Conservative immigration plan | Power & Politics



we are now finally gonna head just north of Toronto listenin as Andrew Scheer delivers the third of his policy speeches this one centered on immigration let's take Alexis around the world celebrate to the state it is this very same spirit of freedom that Canada has always stood for so we congratulate and join Armenians in Canada and around the world to celebrate this very special occasion Toronto is by any measure our growing global metropolis and every time I'm back in the GTA I am struck by how fortunate we are as Canadians to welcome people who have chosen Toronto and Canada as their home that is indeed one of the best parts of my job and the job to which I aspire I get to meet almost daily with inspiring and industrious people who have made brave decisions to leave their loved ones and their homelands to start a new life in a new country they have chosen Canada and almost to a person newcomers to Canada and those who have come in previous generations are united by the same dreams we all share they want a shot at full freedom and dignity opportunity and prosperity they want to make life better for themselves and their families please a proton they want to make a positive difference in their community and help to make Canada an even better place that is the history of immigration in Canada and fundamentally the history of Canada itself Canada is the greatest country on Earth but this is no accident nor was Canada's greatness automatically assured it took work hardship sacrifice faith risk-taking and the entrepreneurial spirit if we want to understand what Canada is and what it can be we need to understand where we have come from from the very first indigenous peoples to each wave of new arrivals that have come to Canada – hopeful newcomers that arriving even today at Pearson and other ports of entry all are part of that shared story and we are all part of a grand tale still being written a success story of different people humanity in all its diversity each adding its own chapter one country the True North strong and free now together we have built Canada into greatness despite great odds just think of the hardship and suffering faced by the original First Nations or the earliest European settlers to arrive yet each successive wave of new arrivals not only survived they thrived Canada's first indigenous peoples who established a foothold on the land and built a lasting way of life out of harsh natural environments they premiere from sick flourishing centers like Quebec City and Montreal and the United Laureles who fled the United States and helped to build the provinces that would create our Confederation in fact has always been what about the people the slaves that came who through the underground communist regimes in Eastern Europe or for Chinese Tibetans Vietnamese fleeing communism poverty persecution and war each of these groups of new arrivals saw in Canada the chance to realize their hopes and dreams they have helped grow this country literally and figuratively as have more recent of our arrivals Iranians fleeing theocratic despots cops persecuted for their belief in Jesus Christ Muslims afflicted by oppression and civil war gays and lesbians escaping literal extermination simply for being who they are and it's all because Canada is built on a rock-solid foundation of enduring values democratic institutions the rule of law and fundamental and universal human rights and we absolutely must protect these values because they are what set us apart they allow Canada to offer what so many other countries simply cannot the freedom to preserve and pass on their cultural traditions and the opportunity to live in peace with those around them and the economic freedom that's so many governments around the world deny their people and that economic freedom that ensures that hard work pays off that gives people the ability to work towards their dreams and choose their own path in life but with each passing day Justin Trudeau and the Liberals undermine this proud legacy in four years they have not only undone progress the previous Conservative government made to strengthen our immigration system to speed up processing and to eliminate backlogs they have managed to undermine the long-standing consensus that immigration is indeed a positive thing for this country sadly under justin trudeau a record high number of Canadians believe that immigration should be reduced worse Canadians have lost faith in the fairness of our system they now question the integrity of our borders and they're less confident about newcomers ability to integrate fully and contribute to our shared prosperity now Canadians rightly expect that our immigration programs will lead to new arrivals being fully integrated into Canadian society and Canada's economy but if that system begins to break down as it has under Justin Trudeau public support breaks down as well the numbers are almost hard to believe deep will demand assent since 2017 3,000 people came into Canada illegally from the United States this is still one of the safest and freest and most prosperous countries in the world it costs more than two billion dollars for taxpayers and that figure is going up all the time on this point our new Canadians themselves people who have played by the rules and arrived in Canada fair and square they are the most offended at Trudeau's status quo where some are able to jump queues exploit loopholes and skip the line and like you conservatives have questioned the current government's ability to preserve the integrity of our immigration system now Justin Trudeau and his ministers responded how they always do when confronted with criticism with more rhetoric and personal attacks in fact even before I started speaking here the Liberals already put out a statement on what I was going to say without having even heard it that's what we can expect from this party and elite up to the next election now I think we can all agree that we should be able to have an immigration debate in this country without the government calling the people who criticize their failures racists and bigots this government's approach is dangerous for two reasons first it reduces legitimate criticism too cheap partisanship and makes it easier for the government to ignore the very real problems in the system and number two and more importantly it de basis and D values of the threats that are still unfortunately all too real in our society racism is real bigotry is real extremism is real and to ascribe those motives to those who simply want stronger security screening procedures or fewer people entering the country illegally makes a mockery of such hateful forces now before I move on to what a new Conservative government will do to renew faith in our immigration system I'd like to make something absolutely crystal clear and what I'm about to say I have said many times before there is absolutely no room in a peaceful and free country like Canada for intolerance racism and extremism of any kind and the Conservative Party of Canada will always make that absolutely clear this goes to one of my most deeply held personal convictions I believe that we are all children of God and therefore there can be no inferiority amongst human beings and that and that equal an infinite value exists in each and every one of us and I find the notion that one's race religion gender or sexual orientation would make anyone in any way superior or inferior to anyone else absolutely repugnant and if there's anyone here who disagrees with that there's the door you're not welcome here now over the last several months Canada's Conservatives have consulted Canadians and stakeholders from all over the country as part of our pathway to Canada tour and I want to thank our immigration Shadow Minister Michelle Rempel for all her work on these consultations these consultations have concluded and what we heard from Canadians and newcomers was clear they want the immigration system to be managed competently they want to know that every measure is being taken to ensure their safety but most of all they want Canada to remain a safe and welcoming place for the world's most vulnerable New Zealand all day preocupaciones the idea that these standards must be maintained for those people who want to come here legally and adequate services for people coming into Canada intimate refugees and asylum seekers fleeing violence and persecution and about ballooning costs to manage the ongoing situation at Canada's border with the United States as Prime Minister my government will restore fairness order and compassion to the immigration system so allow me to expand on that for a couple of minutes because this is personal to me my mother who passed away just a couple of years ago was deeply committed to helping the vulnerable she instilled in us in our family an enduring appreciation for how a commitment to social justice flows naturally from the conservative principles of individual responsibility compassion and common sense my mother loved the scripture verse that goes truly I tell you whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you did for me one of the last causes my mother took on before she got sick and wasn't able to be as active as she was was to serve on the refugee committee at our local parish in Ottawa at the outset of the Syrian civil war refugees were just starting to come and she was ready and eager to do whatever she could to help she did what she could to help financially but she also showed them around town had them over for dinner made sure they had the things they needed my father also got involved helping to celebrate their birthdays by bringing over cakes and gifts it was deeply moving for me to see as my mother received medical treatment before her death how those same refugees visited her in the hospital to return the love and compassion that she had shown to them and it reinforced for me how Canada must continue to be that place for those truly in need this strikes at the very fair nosov Canada's immigration system and there is absolutely nothing fair about forcing the oppressed and the persecuted like the Syrians my mother helped to wait longer for Canada's help while others cross the border illegally from places like upstate New York to come in the Afghani ordinay avec today's individual because just as we deal with people who are considered to be threatened to our country people are coming in and are able to get benefits but many many people comes from Mexico to Canada because the government has introduced certain visa requirements so uzd genocide survivors already without proper mental health treatments here in Canada having to fight the government to be reunited with their families this government has failed on these and so many other counts and in doing so has degraded Canada standing as a place able to welcome and be safe for those in need and friends while history and humanity alone would be enough for Canada to uphold this proud legacy there are frankly important and concrete economic arguments to be made as well like many Western countries Canada is facing a massive demographic shift in the coming decade as baby boomers retire we'll need workers innovators and risk-takers to sustain a thriving economy and ensure we can maintain the high standard of living that we Canadians enjoy and rightly expect we need the world's best and brightest to choose Canada and we want them to integrate fully socially and economically to contribute as previous generations have done to building the Canada we know and love and to ensure it remains the great country it always has been when newcomers to Canada succeed Canada succeeds a safe orderly and compassionate system can ensure new arrivals make the most of their new lives in their new homeland such a system ensures all Canadians are better off as well now Canada's Conservatives are preoccupied by jobs and the economy first and foremost because we know that that prosperity lifts everyone out of poverty and allows everyone to have a better quality of life so you'll hear me talking about those two topics often because this current government ignores them we in the Conservative Party understand that immigration done right is good for the economy good for jobs and good for people who have chosen to come to Canada now I want to touch a little bit on immigration numbers because I think in a lot of ways this topic has become a little bit of a red herring there are those who say the number of immigrants in Canada that Canada admits is too high and some have even made rash promises to reduce it without considering the economic impact similarly though there are those who say the number is too low and have set high targets without adequate integration services in place in both cases political purposes Trump economic and social reality as Prime Minister I will set immigration levels consistent with what is in Canada's best interests now that number may change every year and I'm not going to get into a political debate or worse an auction about immigration numbers the number will reflect what Canada needs and just as importantly who needs Canada now this brings me to a few final thoughts I would like to share with you in a few months when our next federal election campaign begins each party will release a platform full of ideas and options for voters to consider and I would like to share some of those in a general way with you today as Prime Minister I will work to immediately restore fairness order and compassion in our immigration system I will safeguard and emphasize economic immigration I will stand up for families and ensure that spouses and children can be reunited we will improve language training to ensure greater proficiency in English or French and newcomers ability to succeed economically and socially there's a Latino priority we will deal on a priority basis with people who are truly facing danger and provide for sponsorships and restore the integrity of our system by applying approaches and prioritizes people facing true persecution Focus government sponsorship on the victims of the four atrocity crimes and restore integrity to our system by supporting the consistent application of fair rules I will improve credential recognition and make it easier for new Canadians who have existing skills that meet our standards to ply their trades here we all lose out when doctors and engineers are not able to practice their profession I want them to come to Canada to do what they were trained to do and I will work to allow those who enter Canada as low-skilled workers a permanent path to residency making sure wages are fair and worker abuse is prevented now we'll work to reunite survivors of genocide who have already resettled in Canada more expeditiously now as I stated earlier this month when sharing my vision for Canada's foreign policy conservatives will also bring back the office of religious freedom so that we can protect our shared humanity and promote interest in the dignity of all people we will work to put an end to the illegal border crossings at unofficial points of entry like Rock Sam Road by closing the loophole in the safe third country agreement that allows some people to skip the line and avoid the queue and and we will do more to promote private sponsorships of refugees you see nothing can compare with the love and compassion that churches synagogues mosques or service clubs offer to refugees and the evidence backs this up the government's own data shows that even more than a decade after they arrived privately sponsored refugees earn more and depend less on government than those who came through government sponsorship when churches mosques community groups temples synagogues cultural associations made up of people like my mom when they put their own money forward and devote their own time to help a refugee family then they are deeply invested in the success of those refugees Condes achlys de mosques and community groups and churches offer their own help to refugee families when they are fully invested in the success of those refugees they end up in communities that will support them in comparison those sponsored by the government very often find out find themselves in hotel time again from private sponsors that the government is getting in their way we hear about how costs and needless red tape are being piled onto the good work they do and how some caps are imposed arbitrarily we can in fact do more for the most vulnerable if the government gets out of the way and works to better enable and support private sponsoring organizations now these are just some of the proposals we'll put forward and others will flow in time and we'll fill in some more details during the election campaign itself although in our view there is no debating the need for real action to restore our system's integrity integrity conservatives have cleaned up liberal messes in immigration before and we are prepared to do it again with fairness order and compassion as the pillar of our efforts now friends we've all seen how the Liberal leader reacts to dissent and disagreement within his ranks he silences it he and his party are also intolerant of an openly hostile toward the personal beliefs and convictions of millions of Canadians there are others too who abuse words devalue meaning and silenced views that don't conform to a narrow way of seeing things that means today's conservatives are alone being the last true big tent National Party we embrace personal freedom we embrace the freedoms that people have when they come to Canada I am proud to lead a party that believes that Canada's best characteristics are reinforced by the best values of new Canadians hard work entrepreneurship personal industry family faith religious freedom sacrifice risk-taking individual freedoms and respect for the rule of law all of these inherently conservative principles are ones shared amongst those who have come to Canada over the course of our history conservative values are value shared by hundreds of thousands of newcomers who arrived in Canada each and every year they are why so many people choose Canada they are the ideals that make us Canadian and ones which conservatives place at the heart of our party they are what Canada was built on and what Canada stands for what new Canadians stand for Laval consummately sunny Valley conservative values are values shared by hundreds of thousands of newcomers who come to Canada every single year and it is for those values that many people choose Canada they are the ideals that make of us the Canadians that we are and they are at the very heart of the Conservative Party they are what Canada was built on default those are the values that Canada defends and what Canadians defend Justin Trudeau says that diversity is our strength but there is more to it than that we have to focus on why Canada is diverse the reasons why waves and waves of immigrants from all corners of the world have come to Canada it is because we are free free to worship and free to speak and free to believe it is because of our economic freedom that produces so much prosperity and opportunity it is because we are open open to the persecuted and the oppressed and the broken it is because we are equal equal in opportunity and equal before the law it is because we're all these things that we are diverse diversity is the result of our strength and our strength is and always has been our freedom and that freedom is based on the institutions and principles that we hold so dear and that we must ensure are protected the reason why so many people from around the world are able to be treated equally practice their faith pass on their customs and traditions is because ours is a society based on the Equality of all human beings of the inherent human rights that we are endowed with by our Creator not by the government of the day and that is safeguarded by strong democratic institutions and the rule of law it is essential that in order to continue to be the place where people can come and add their contribution to our story as it unfolds that we protect and promote those principles and institutions to all who choose this wonderful country as John Diefenbaker said I am a Canadian free to speak without fear free to worship in my own way free to stand for what I think right and free to oppose what I believe wrong and free to choose those who shall govern my country this heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind these are the things that conservatives are fighting for all together come October so I ask for your support and pledge you mine in this important cause thank you very much merci beaucoup it's been a pleasure talking to you this evening if you're just tuning in that was Conservative leader Andrew Shearer delivering a speech on immigration policy for the upcoming federal election it's the third such policy speech we've been broadcasting here on news network each of them live as they happened I'm here with the power panel they've been listening in with us Stockwell day Marika Walsh Francois zubaba and Omar Khan I'm gonna start with you Francois I think first of all thank you everyone for all your patience this evening it's been a long a long evening France was what stood out for you well me being from Quebec I was interested in seeing what he was saying to the province of Quebec where this the question of immigration refugees is at the heart of a lot of conversations honestly I was able to count maybe five or six sentences addressed to Quebecers al-hasa it'll be interesting to see Shir when he comes to Quebec on Thursday to announce a so-called star candidate which everybody knows going to be the ex-mayor of twine yeah anyway so I'm sorry I'm scooping mr. Sher but that being said what Willie answer a concerning is so-called policy I didn't see a policy I saw a lot of concept it's everybody can agree with a lot of the things he said but I'm a bit insulted and when he speaks in French he talks a soli of Mexican cartel refugees the illegals and and it's as if the rest that the the the what I call the valid immigration for economical reason that Quebec so desperately need like so many other provinces and territories here it's it's as if it was a different speech and at the same time while he was not carried off can say either so good thing he didn't speak too much of course a because we would have heard mostly a translator telling us what he was saying so not much into it I'm a bit disappointed I tried to stay focused the whole time but so I started counting the words in French and that kept it alive from knock well what do you think well of course my response will sound partisan but I think it's really difficult for anybody to have listened to that speech and find fault either with what he's saying in terms of technical planning that's going to be happening or the very heart of the message that were all equal in God's eyes that we can't and should not discriminate against others and he gave the long and proper list of that and then as we thought he talked about the priority is going to be vulnerable people who are involved the most vulnerable and then Canada's needs which makes sense on the economic side he talked about the important importance of linking family when it comes to immigration the actual numbers he supported of course broad and generous numbers when it comes to immigration and that will change and it has changed changed under the Liberals from year to year changes on the Conservatives so broadly speaking I would think I try to put myself in the mind of somebody from in another country listening to this speech and thinking is Canada a welcoming place and I can see them finding no fault with that concept that Canada is a welcoming place so I think he hit the right tone I think he gave the broad principles and as elections draw closer we'll probably see some actual numbers but I think he's getting it about right on those numbers I mean he sort of said there are others who have come forward and said that they would reduce it and I think there he's he's referencing Maxine Bernier the leader of the People's Party of Canada who did come up with a policy about that and then said as you mentioned Stockwell that it would change it could change year to year and sort of issued the idea of actually coming out with with concrete numbers at this point Marika what stood out for you well it's exactly that what's know for me is that there wasn't a lot of meat behind what he was saying so when he's saying he'll determine numbers based on the Canada's interests or the public interest what does that mean and how how do you decide that is well we'll determine what your immigration policy action looks like so I think there's still a lot of TV DS in this speech but I think overall Stockwell is right that it was a speech that really tried to strike the balance between making sure that you looked hard on immigration in the areas that you need to look hard while at the same time making sure you're also not inflaming any bigotry or racism tomorrow well it shows you just how low the bar has is today versus say when Stockwell day was leading the conservative movement when you say oh well there was no bigotry or inflammatory rhetoric in the speech so this is a check mark success for the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Her Majesty's loyal opposition look don't he have to address that like that's what you were saying before right that that that would be an easy sort of criticism of that I'm happy he said that there is no place for racism or bigotry and within the Conservative Party I'm very happy to hear that I assume now that he will not be going on the TV show of like people like faith Goldie or cavorting with rebel media or showing up at rallies with people where they're holding you know anti-muslim signs I'm hoping that that is now the case in the future but look if he said it I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt one thing I would have liked to see a little bit more detail on from a policy front is with respect to help helping use immigration policy to fill to fill our skills gap if you talk to businesses across the country in the Canada Canada Business Council led by Goldie Haider my former beau hunts they will say that the number one number one issue facing business growth in this country is a lack of an ability to attract skilled talent there's really there's really only two policy levers at play to address that one is you can incentivize universities and colleges to teach programs that are in high demand the other is we can't we can work aggressively to try and recruit those people from overseas he spoke to it in broad terms but I would have liked to see a little bit more policy meat he did talk that about that a bit one thing that stuck out for me that was kind of interesting with you was the idea of highly skilled people so if you're coming over with a I think he reference doctors and one of the profession I can't remember but I don't really there was again there was no detail if you're billing it's all about expectations management right in many relations if you're building a major immigration speech and essentially you're delivering pablum which is what we essentially got today then you know fine you know it may serve a certain purpose today but eventually he's gonna actually have to come out with some solid concrete policy ideas okay I have to leave it there thank you everyone thanks for your extended stay this evening to the power panels Stockwell de Francois bye-bye Omar Khan and Marika Walsh appreciate your time my pleasure hi I'm Vashti Capello's host of power and politics see more of our show by subscribing 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35 thoughts on “Scheer lays out Conservative immigration plan | Power & Politics

  1. There must be proper vetting as Canada has always done to ensure like-minded people with similar ethics can succeed. There are those who are opposed to Canada's foundational principles. Just like oil and water do not mix, there are those where multiculturalism doesn't work for them and they miss their homelands;whose values are polar opposites so they will never blend……. and where diversity is the real or perceived differences between individuals.

  2. Ban immigration. It's what the Canadian public wants. The trouble is, the people who control immigration in the government, as a species, lost both their brains and their ears a while back. CANADIANS HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF IMMIGRATION. The ignorance and stupidity that the government is showing in welcoming ALL immigrations is truly a black mark on Canada.

  3. This is why you vote maxime bernier and the PPC. The only real conservatives. This is nothing but pandering. He knows he can pick up some liberals do that have been put off by Trudeau if he ensures them he's just as open to calling this country a nation of immigrants. This is embarrassing. The liberals became marxist, and the conservatives became liberals. Vote PPC!

  4. I really hope they stop the translation audio. We already know they are going to repeat it in English.

  5. 25:02 Not sure if people can speak freely nowadays, especially at certain post secondary campuses.

  6. If you are not planning to slash immigration, you wont get my vote. Im tired of seeing these rocket high housing prices, high unemployment. Really sick of it.

  7. This momma's boy jackass with his inane platitudes is just another regressive conservative liar .He'll decimate everything that supports people to give his corporate buddies the run of the country.He's like Ford in Ontario: a liar.

  8. Lol Max is going to need a blue leprechaun genie to win! don't kid ya' selves. Us Millennial will ensure you old, out-of-touch boomers wont get mad max!

  9. Why do we need so many immigrants??? Focus on having more children!!! Make it easier for women to live their lives and raise kids. We have enough ppl here!!!

  10. I'm from Quebec and I think it's ridiculous that he says some sentences in French and some in English. Just say everything in your natural language, and the whole thing will be translated. It's important that a Prime Minister can speak French, but no need to do it for artificial reasons. Just speak French if you come to Quebec or speak to a mostly francophone crowd.

  11. Conservative want tons of immigrants to come in. The only difference is they make immigrants pay to come in.

  12. Quebec is always diss-appointed! New Brunswick is the only official bilingual province in our country and they never seem complain about the amount of English or French a politician uses? Please stay focused on the issue that he was talking about which is illegal immigration through Roxsome Road. Jeez….

  13. Liberal>Conservative. We liberal voters are the quiet majority in Canada. Trudeau isn’t perfect but he’ll repeat.

  14. I cannot stress enough the necessity for all REAL CANADIANS
    AND PATRIOTS to read and research Tom Quiggan's work regarding the muslim
    invasion of Canada, which was promoted by trudum the traitor. These invaders
    are lying to us about their motives & reasons for coming here to North
    America. They will be the majority in gov't within 10 years if the sheep don't
    stop bleating.

  15. I cannot stress enough the necessity for all REAL CANADIANS
    AND PATRIOTS to read and research Tom Quiggan's work regarding the muslim
    invasion of Canada, which was promoted by trudum the traitor. These invaders
    are lying to us about their motives & reasons for coming here to North
    America. They will be the majority in gov't within 10 years if the sheep don't
    stop bleating.

  16. I cannot stress enough the necessity for all REAL CANADIANS
    AND PATRIOTS to read and research Tom Quiggan's work regarding the muslim
    invasion of Canada, which was promoted by trudum the traitor. These invaders
    are lying to us about their motives & reasons for coming here to North
    America. They will be the majority in gov't within 10 years if the sheep don't
    stop bleating.

  17. I cannot stress enough the necessity for all REAL CANADIANS
    AND PATRIOTS to read and research Tom Quiggan's work regarding the muslim
    invasion of Canada, which was promoted by trudum the traitor. These invaders
    are lying to us about their motives & reasons for coming here to North
    America. They will be the majority in gov't within 10 years if the sheep don't
    stop bleating.

  18. SHEER WEARING HIS WIFES PANTIES WHILE WATCHING HER GET…. YOU KNOW, IS REAL. MADMAX TO REPAIR CANASTAN!!!

  19. SHEER WEARING HIS WIFES PANTIES WHILE WATCHING HER GET…. YOU KNOW, IS REAL. MADMAX TO REPAIR CANASTAN!!!

  20. Each one of us in this country has someone who got there illegally whether be it mom, dad, uncle aunty or our ancestors we all have someone who came illegal here. The Americans British and Canadians robbed other countries of their resources to make it what it's today.

  21. SHEER WEARING HIS WIFES PANTIES WHILE WATCHING HER GET…. YOU KNOW, IS REAL. MADMAX TO REPAIR CANASTAN!!!

  22. In every country where Muslims are in the MINORITY they are
    concerned with the democratic 'rule of law' and minority rights.

    In every country where Muslims are in the MAJORITY there is no democratic 'rule
    of law' nor minority rights."

  23. I cannot stress enough the necessity for all REAL CANADIANS
    AND PATRIOTS to read and research Tom Quiggan's work regarding the muslim
    invasion of Canada, which was promoted by trudum the traitor. These invaders
    are lying to us about their motives & reasons for coming here to North
    America. They will be the majority in gov't within 10 years if the sheep don't
    stop bleating.

  24. Got an idea… how about nobody can vote without producing a valid Canadian birth certificate. Or does that make too much sense to comprehend ?

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