During Question Period, Immigration Minister John McCallum came under fire from CPC MP Michelle Rempel for his government’s decision to remove visa requirements on Mexicans coming into Canada.
The Harper government imposed visa requirements on Mexicans entering the country after a surge in refugee claims. In 2009, one quarter of the estimated 1,000 Mexicans entering monthly applied for refugee status, costing taxpayers $400M per year to process claims. The visa requirement reduced it to 1 in 100.
Mexico-Canada relations were tarnished so in an effort to improve the relationship, Liberals lifted the conditions, but this is a problem.
U.S. President-elect Trump’s promise to build a wall and deport illegal immigrants may become a reality and if it does, they may seek refuge in Canada.
It will now be easier for Mexicans involved in organized crime, human trafficking and drug related crimes to come into Canada. Mexico is known to have weak passport controls often exploited by some who will now have easier access to Canada. So far, one hundred such cases have been intercepted.
And finally, lifting the requirements may have implications on trade since the U.S. may view us as a weak partner and decide to strengthen border controls and implement more restrictions on us as a result.
All of these scenarios are bad news for us and put Canadians at risk, but the Liberals think a PR about face is more important than safety.
When will they stop trying to score points by attacking a government voted out over a year ago and implement policy in the best interests of Canadians?