March 24, 2017 – Canada Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he sees no need for a Canadian values test for immigration to Canada.
Hussen told Radio Canada he saw ‘our diversity as a great source of strength’, when asked about a recent survey result.
Nearly 75 per cent of responders to the CROP-CBC poll said they supported a Canadian values test for newcomers, an idea brought forward by Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch.
Key Findings of CROP-CBC Poll
- 83% said Canadian society enriched by other cultures
- 60% said refugees positive
- 74% want Canadian values test for Canada immigration
- 25% want Trump-style immigration ban
By Hussen says he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau see no need for such a values test.
“We have laws, we have the rule of law in Canada, we have the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we have multiculturalism that respects differences and believes that those differences make us stronger, not weaker,” Hussen told Radio Canada.
Hussen said Canada’s successful integration of newcomers from all over the world with different faiths, backgrounds and language makes it unique on the global stage.
As protectionism takes its grip, from Donald Trump to Brexit, Canada has emerged as a world leader with its pro-immigration, pro-free trade policies.
“We believe that we should be open to ideas, to people and to immigration,” Hussen said. “We believe that immigration is a great source of strength for our country.”
An overwhelming 83 per cent said they felt other cultures enriched the Canadian society, with 60 per cent also seeing refugees positively.
But 74 per cent of respondents also favoured a Canadian values test for immigration to Canada along the lines of the one suggested by Kellie Leitch, one of the candidates for leadership of the Conservative party.
The poll – which surveyed 2,513 Canadians, of which 1,024 were Quebecers – also revealed a harder attitude towards Canada immigration in the French-speaking province.
Overall, 25 per cent of Canadians supported a Donald Trump-style ban on immigration to Canada, but in Quebec 32 per cent said they were in favour.
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