Having recently attended the Canadian Bar Association national conference, Maynard Kischer Stojicevic partners Alex Stojicevic and Rudolf Kischer spoke to host Zack Spencer on CISL 650’s The Law Show on the latest Canadian immigration and citizenship news from Minister John McCallum, who attended the conference.
The partners reported a changing attitude from the new government, as Minister McCallum highlighted the bar’s valuable role as stakeholders, whereas previous governments have criticized lawyers for only having financial interests.
“The Canadian bar association is always advocating for streamlining, regardless of the fact that it’s not in our interests as lawyers,” says Alex. “The previous government eliminated medical funding for refugees on a national level. That was something that we in the bar were pretty passionate about and intervened in the court action that ultimately overturned the ban. Part of our mandate is the proper administration of justice.”
Video one: Changing laws and the Canadian Bar Association
Changes have also come in how government views immigrant impact on the economy. The previous government emphasized the importance of so-called economic immigrants over the family class.
“[This] minister doesn’t like calling them economic or family immigrants,” says Rudolf. “Just because someone is coming in under the family class doesn’t mean they don’t contribute economically. Because someone is bringing their wife in, doesn’t mean their wife isn’t a doctor or a dentist who is going to start working.”
Video two: Immigrants and the Canadian economy
Minister McCallum is also bringing in a change to the rules that state non-“old-stock” Canadians can lose their citizenship after committing certain crimes.
“The place for punishment is jail, not stripping people of citizenship and deporting people,” says Alex. “So, the idea of classes of citizenship was pretty abhorrent to many people in Canada and that’s the logic behind this change.”
“We have to look at, what does it mean to be a citizen? Are you part of the family?” says Rudolf. “If you are part of the family, then we’ll deal with you as if you are family.”
Video three: Changing citizenship rules
Language testing rules will also be changing, after the previous government made the rules much stringent than before.
“I think they went a little too far,” says Rudolf. “Before, you had to show your English proficiency from the age of 18 to 54. If you got older, or you were too young, they didn’t bother. The
Conservatives back-tracked that and made it so that anybody who’s 14 has to write and English test and anybody below 65.”
The current Liberal government will be returning the testing age criteria to the previous range.
Video four: Language rules
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