Borderlines Podcast #44 – An Interview with Chris Alexander, Canada’s Immigration Minister from 2013-2015

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The Honourable Chris Alexander served as Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada from July 2013 to November 2015. He represented the riding of Ajax—Pickering in the House of Commons of Canada from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that spent 18 years in the Canadian Foreign Service, serving as Canada’s first resident Ambassador to Afghnistan from 2003 – 2005. Subsequent to being an Member of Parliament he ran for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.

As Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Mr. Alexander presided over the launch of Express Entry, the termination of the Immigrant Investor Program and the introduction of the Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, which prohibited forced and underaged marriages.

 

Borderlines · #44 – An Interview with Chris Alexander, Canada’s Immigration Minister from 2013-2015

5:09 – If there was one misconception about Canadian immigration law that Minister Alexander would like to change what would it be?

15:00 – Bill C-24 and the revocation of citizenship for dual nationals convicted of high crimes.

16:00 – Whether there was a strong anti-fraud and anti-exploitation mandate during Minister Alexander’s time as Minister.

22:00 – Combatting forced marriages.

23:00 – Preventing foreign worker abuse by sanctioning the employers who abuse them.

26:00 – The Barbaric Cultural Practices Act

36:45 – Ending the Immigrant Investor Program

41:45 – Entrepreneurial immigration and self-employed program.

49:00 – Points inflation in Express Entry and the increased demand for Canadian immigration.

52:30 – The launch of Express Entry

55:30 – Moving towards online applications

57:15 – What it was like following Jason Kenney as immigration minister,

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Borderlines Podcast #43 – An Interview with John McCallum, Canada’s Immigration Minister from 2015-2017

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The Honourable John McCallum served as Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada from November 2015 to January 2017. A Member of Parliament from 2000 – 2017, he also served as Defence Minister under Jean Chrétien, and Veterans Affairs Minister, National Revenue Minister, Natural Resources Minister and as Chair of the Expenditure Review Committee under Paul Martin.

As Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, Mr. McCallum led Canada’s effort to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees over a period of three months. He also increased the age of dependency from 18-22, repealed conditional permanent residency and reduced family class processing times.

Borderlines · #43 – An Interview with John McCallum, Canada’s Immigration Minister from 2015-2017

5:00 – The resettlement of 40,000 refugees in Canada.

22:00 – The division of immigration repsonsibilities between IRCC, CBSA and ESDC. Should they be combined?

28:00 – What goes into reducing processing times.

33:00 – Abolishing conditional permanent residence.

39:00 – Mr. McCallum’s approach to being immigration critic towards the end of the Harper era.

42:30 – The Barbaric Cultural Practices Act and the Niqab ban.

44:00 – Caregivers

48:00 – Helping as Minister on individual files.

54:00 – What goes into levels planning?

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Borderlines Podcast #41 – Judges Virtue Signalling Inside and Outside of Court, with Andrew Hayes

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In R v. Kattenburg Justice Stratas of the Federal Court of Appeal cautioned judges against giving “virtue signalling and populism a go.” This prompted a largely philosophical discussion about the role of judges, a Toronto judge who wore a Make America Great Again hat in court, a Quebec judge who proclaimed herself a feminist before making statements about Quebec’s ban on religious attire, Ruth Bader Ginsburg criticizing President Trump, and defining what virtue signaling even is.

 

Borderlines · #41 – Judges Virtue Signalling Inside and Outside of Court, with Andrew Hayes

Andrew Hayes is a US immigration lawyer who practices out of Vancouver.

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Refugee Claims by Number

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Last Updated on December 10, 2020 by Steven Meurrens

The following chart shows refugee claims by province and year.

Provinces/Territories
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020 (Jan – Oct)

Newfoundland and Labrador
5
5

5
10
10
15
35
20
5

Prince Edward Island

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10

Nova Scotia
40
50
20
30
40
60
65
75
90
55

New Brunswick
20
25
15
15
5
30
50
45
45
30

Quebec
4,645
4,820
2,470
2,725
3,055
5,530
25,515
29145
31265
8970

Ontario
18,560
13,815
6,840
9,265
11,020
15,210
19,570
21170
26415
9385

Manitoba
140
145
75
160
320
600
1335
620
410
160

Saskatchewan
45
55
25
25
30
75
80
65
100
30

Alberta
690
610
375
485
760
970
1385
1545
1855
780

British Columbia
1,165
950
535
730
815
1,375
2375
2345
3850
1910

Yukon
0
0
0
0
0
5
0


Northwest Territories

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Nunavut
0
0
0
0
0
0

0
0
0

Outside Canada
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Total – CBSA & IRCC
25,315
20,475
10,365
13,445
16,055
23,870
50390
55040
64045
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