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Old Apr 26th 2005, 10:13 pm
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What happens if the minority liberal Government in Canada can't continue and a snap election is held in June/July and the conservative party gets in?

Will this change the time process at immigration either way?

Or is it a case of the king is dead, long live the king?
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Old Apr 26th 2005, 10:58 pm
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It remains to be seen. So far there are no indications of any kind that Conservatives are even contemplating any changes to current immigration law. Of course one may expect some minor preference changes as new guys will be inclined to give more perks to their supporters, but I don't expect it on the scale federal Liberals were using perks and favours. But again - we need to wait, vote and see.

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What happens if the minority liberal Government in Canada can't continue and a snap election is held in June/July and the conservative party gets in?

Will this change the time process at immigration either way?

Or is it a case of the king is dead, long live the king?
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Old Apr 26th 2005, 11:07 pm
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I saw an article online stating that the NDP & Liberals are near a deal that would keep the minority government in power. PM Paul Martin would call an election at the end of the year.
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They still need the three independents, not counting the possible absentees.

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I saw an article online stating that the NDP & Liberals are near a deal that would keep the minority government in power. PM Paul Martin would call an election at the end of the year.
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Originally Posted by ben1970
What happens if the minority liberal Government in Canada can't continue and a snap election is held in June/July and the conservative party gets in?

Will this change the time process at immigration either way?
It may change the time process if the pass mark goes back up to bring the volume of skilled applications back down to the number of visas available.

In principle not much will change. Canada has had an immigration program for many decades under both Liberal and Conservative governments. But if the experience of Australia after 1996 is anything to go by, expect an increased focus on immigrant skills (including restrictions for those with skills not acceptable in Canada) and stricter rules on family migrants (for example, a temporary visa initially for most spouse migrants).

And while I don't know if the Conservatives have thought about immigration/citizenship very much, don't be surprised if after a few years a Conservative government has legislated to ensure that children born in Canada will only be Canadian citizens if at least one parent is a Canadian citizen/PR.

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Old Apr 26th 2005, 11:29 pm
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Well I am certainly no political psychic, but given the fact there is a minority government it would probably be beneficial to consider the immigration positions of all parties in parliament - not just the liberals & tories. It is possible that after elections are held- whenever they are held- the Liberals & NDP may try to form a coalition government. Alternatively, the Tories could give concessions to the Bloc if they wind up with a minority government.

But Andrew is correct- regardless of who forms a government in the future, there probably won't be *substantial* changes to immigration policy.
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No changes to the investor visa category then?

It's lonely being in a minority......
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No changes to the investor visa category then?
Changes can happen to a particular visa even if there's no change of government.


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Alternatively, the Tories could give concessions to the Bloc if they wind up with a minority government.
As Quebec has pretty much full authority over its immigration program (for many years now) it's unlikely this would be the subject of much discussion between Conservatives and Bloc.


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What changes would you expect in Investor category, what you don't like now? Financial requirements and obligations will never be lowered to the level of Entrepreneurs category anyway. Those are two difefrent categories targeting completely different candidates.

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