Immigration Related Resolutions at the NDP Convention

12th Apr 2013 Comments Off on Immigration Related Resolutions at the NDP Convention

In 2011 I wrote about a resolution at the Conservative Party Convention to strip the citizenship of people who take up arms against Canadian soldiers or other types of treason.  Fast forward to 2013, and it seems like the government may adopt a similar policy.

So with the New Democratic Party, the Official Opposition in Canada, about to have their Policy Convention in Montreal, I thought it would be prudent to state the resolutions of theirs directly related to immigration (as opposed to resolutions which would indirectly influence immigration by impacting Canada’s standard of living).

3-16-13 Resolution on Equal Access to Employment Insurance Benefits for Temporary Foreign Workers

Submitted by UFCW Canada, UFCW Canada Local 1518, UFCW Canada Local 1000A

WHEREAS An estimated 800,000 temporary foreign workers in Canada pay full premiums with employers into the Employment Insurance (EI) program but are not eligible for the primary benefit when laid off and return home due to residency regulations implemented by the federal government; and

WHEREAS Temporary foreign workers were eligible for the secondary benefits under the EI program for Parental and Maternal benefit;

and THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED That the NDP call on the Harper Government to repeal this regulation and restore access to these secondary benefits for all foreign workers; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That an NDP Government would repeal the residency requirement and allow full universal access to EI benefits to all those who contribute into the system.

4-13-13 Resolution on Temporary Foreign Workers

Submitted by Toronto—Danforth

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the following clause be added to Section 4.3 of the policy book:

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Does Party Affiliation Affect Views on Immigration?

7th Jul 2010 Comments Off on Does Party Affiliation Affect Views on Immigration?

Recently, the Conference Board of Canada published a series of articles relating to immigration. One of them, written by Nick Nanos, talks about extensive polling on Canadian opinions regarding immigration. It has been widely quoted in the media that while Canadians approve of immigration, they generally want the numbers to stay the same.

I made summaries of four of the seven questions that Mr. Nanos asked respondents. In making the following tables, I merged “% agree” and “% somewhat agree” into one category. I did the same for disagree.

The results are as follows:

Question 1. Immigration is a key positive feature of Canada as a country?

Voter Profile
% Agree
% Disagree

Liberal
87.8
10.5

Conservative
79.6
18.4

NDP
86.9
10.0

Bloc
77.1
22.9

Green
90.5
9.5

Undecided
73.9
21.1

Question 2. In 2008, Canada admitted 247,202 permanent immigrants. Do you think Canada should increase, decrease, or keep the same number of new permanent immigrants each year?

Voter Profile
% Increase Numbers
% Keep Same
% Decrease

Liberal
21.7
40.0
31.6

Conservative
19.1
38.4
36.3

NDP
29.5
41.4
23.5

Bloc
17.3
47.8
31.1

Green
29.3
45.3
23.5

Undecided
18.6
33.2
36.1

What these two tables indicate is that Liberals and NDP voters are 10% more likely than Conservative voters to support immigration, and are also more likely to support increasing the level of immigrants admitted to Canada. However, the difference does not appear to be great enough to say that this is a key difference between supporters of the three parties. As well, it is worth noting that the “Undecided Vote” seems to be much less enthusiastic about immigration than any of the parties’ supporters.

Question 7. A Canadian citizen should be allowed to have another citizenship

Voter Profile
% Agree
% Disagree

Liberal
72.5
24

Conservative
65.4
28.2

NDP
74.7
24.8

Bloc
66.7
32.3

Green
77.8
20.8

Undecided
72.4
22

The issue of multiple citizenship is a topic that is dear to many immigrants who do not wish to lose their original citizenship. 

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