Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I first met Jason Kenney several years ago at Civitas. I was surprised that he had actually been reading my blog. I was already a fan of his. Jason is an amazing person and a great Minister of the Crown. This article points out only some of what he has done. There is so much more to do. I have no doubt that Jason Kenney will continue to get the job done. Is Jason Kenney the best Immigration minister Canada has ever had? Very likely. Mr. Kenney has done much to plug the gaping holes in our immigration and refugee system and to restore the value of Canadian citizenship. On Thursday, in his latest move to fix a broken refugee determination process, Mr. Kenney introduced a law that he hopes will cut the time it takes to assess the validity of a standard refugee application from 1,000 days to just 45. Even if he manages to cut the wait time to just 100 days or 200 days, his bill should save provincial and federal taxpayers billions. Reducing the time it takes federal officials to examine claims for asylum is critical. The longer an applicant gets to remain in Canada before a decision is made, the less likely bogus applicants are to be expelled. People who stay here three or more years waiting for their cases to be adjudicated put down roots. They establish homes, have children, develop friendships and forge connections in the community. Then, if their applications are rejected, they plead that it is unfair to expel such a well-established new Canadian.
Posted by Roy Eappen at 11:52 PM