Politically charged Vision Vancouver wants to meddle without getting the facts straight
Posted: Mar 1, 2011
Councillor Suzanne Anton is calling on Vision Vancouver to get their facts straight before they bash federal immigration policy. Councillor Geoff Meggs is bringing a motion to Council erroneously stating that the Government of Canada is cutting the number of immigrants admitted to Canada under the family reunification program from 16,000 last year to 11,000 for 2011.
In fact the Government of Canada has made no such announcement. The proposed target for family reunification is 65,500, not the 11,000 suggested in the motion, and far greater than the 16,000 which is suggested in the motion to be a satisfactory number.
Councillor Anton says, "The facts speak for themselves. The 65,500 family class immigration target is 2500 people higher than the target set in 2010. Furthermore in 2010 over 281,000 immigrants arrived in Canada, the highest number in 50 years."
"Councillor Meggs' motion is incorrect in its facts, flawed in its conclusion and clearly motivated by a desire to bash the federal government. If you are going to attack the federal government, at least get the facts straight," says Anton. "This fundamentally flawed motion is an illustration of the perils of Vancouver council wading into territory it knows nothing about. Let's stick to the many issues which challenge the city and solve them first."
The matter comes to council on Tuesday afternoon.