Immigration changes won’t solve problem (Guest commentary)

Proposed changes permit an abuse of executive power
By Jacqueline Bart
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/29/2008

Despite Ottawa’s protestations to the contrary, budget Bill C-50’s apparently innocuous immigration provisions, will not succeed in tackling the backlog of skilled immigrants waiting to get into the country.

Instead, the proposed changes permit an abuse of executive power that is contrary to the rule of law and acceptable principles of fundamental justice and procedural fairness.

If passed, the 10 small paragraphs couched in the budget bill, and ushered into law with no debate on substance, will allow the government to put its decisions beyond challenge.