Hon. Jason Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, CPC)
Madam Speaker, I congratulate the member for maintaining his consistent reputation in his demagogic tone.
He said that the first thing this government did was to undercut newcomers. In point of fact, the first thing this government did, with respect to newcomers, was to cut in half the $1,000 right of landing fee that had been imposed upon all new permanent residents by the previous government, a decision which has subsequently saved newcomers more than $340 million, cumulatively.
The second thing this government did, with respect to newcomers, was to more than triple the federal investment and settlement services so that next year we will be investing $600 million nationally, as opposed to $200 million under the previous Liberal government, and we will be funding $345 million, as opposed to $109 million under the previous Liberal government.
Did the member ever express this feigned indignation about a lack of settlement services five years ago when the funding levels were one-third their current level?
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