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Justin Trudeau the next prime minister of Canada – Was the First Choice of Asian Immigrants

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 The 43-year-old derided by conservative as an inexperienced “pretty boy” who was “just not ready” to govern Mr Trudeau convinced voters he can “bring real change”.  A remarkable political turnaround for the eldest son of the former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Mr Trudeau  has attended McGill University then the University of British Columbia, where he earned a degree in education. He became a teacher. In 1998, his youngest brother Michel was killed in an avalanche in British Columbia.  He married with Sophie Gregoire, a Quebecois television and radio reporter, in 2004. They have three children. Mr Trudeau became more politically active and had won the Liberal nomination in the Papineau riding in 2007 and became MP in 2008 from the  Liberal party. He was re-elected as MP in 2011. He had declined run for Liberal party leadership  several times, however, finally declared his intention to run in 2012. During the campaign, he was criticized by his opponents as inexperience and lack of policy positions.

Mr Trudeau declared plan during election is to increase taxes on Canadian citizens making more than $200,000 a year, and lower those for the middle class. He has vowed that, if elected, he will work “right away” to see that marijuana is legalized. He also wants to double national spending on infrastructure, which would create a “modest short-term deficit” for the country in the interest of boosting the economy. He also said that he would not pursue the social policies of his predecessor, like the proposed ban on public servants wearing a niqab. He said wearing the veil for religious reasons is a fundamental right for Canadians. he promised to make family reunification easier for new immigrants with a pledge to make it easier for new Canadians to sponsor relatives living abroad for resettlement in Canada. He explained that he would double the number of applications for parents and grandparents that could be submitted each year to 10,000. The Conservatives capped the number at 5,000 in 2013, saying that the number of older immigrants allowed into Canada must be limited because of the burden they place on the health-care system and other social security programs.

The Liberals would also double the budget for processing applications, a measure that Trudeau said would significantly cut down the multi-year wait times currently holding up the immigration process for thousands of applicants. The cap was part of the Tories’ overhaul of the family reunification category of immigration, which began in earnest in 2011 with a temporary moratorium on new applicants for reunification to deal with a backlog of tens of thousands of applications. In place of new applications, the Conservatives introduced 10-year “super visas,” which allow the family members of some new Canadians to stay in the country for up to two years. Though it was initially billed as a temporary measure, the super-visa program was made permanent in 2013.


Since the Conservatives secured a majority government in 2011, they have shifted Canada’s immigration approach away from a first come, first serve basis, to one that emphasizes economic migration. Starting in January of this year, for example, the government began fast-tracking permanent residency for young, highly skilled immigrants who can fill the country’s labour needs. Under the express entry system, the government has focused on connecting skilled workers with employers. Trudeau had stressed that reuniting families also has economic benefits, saying that older relatives often provide critical help to young parents, such as child care, so that they can go to work each day and save money on day care costs. The money saved then makes its way back into the economy through consumer spending and increased productivity.  Trudeau believes that family reunification is an important help and driver to the middle class. When someone needs help with their work-life balance, the first call they make is to a family member, and if that family member is in the Philippines or in India, it’s hard to get the daycare you need so you can go to a job application. He also promised that the spouses of recent immigrants would receive permanent resident status immediately upon arriving in Canada, by passing the two-year wait period currently in place. A Liberal government would also restore the maximum age for dependents from 19 to 22, making it easier for immigrants to bring their older children to Canada.

Trudeau had also promised that he will repeal some elements of the controversial amendments to the Citizenship Act made under Bill C-24, which passed into law in May and created a two-tiered citizenship system. Dubbed the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, the amendments give elected officials the power to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals convicted abroad of certain serious offences, such as terrorism or treason.