March 23, 2000 (36th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Howard Hilstrom


Mr. Howard Hilstrom (Selkirk—Interlake, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, there were a couple of incidents in my riding concerning immigration which the hon. member might wish to comment on.
The first incident happened in the last two weeks. A medical doctor was returning to Canada. He was not yet a citizen. The immigration department, for some reason, was unable to quickly process his entry visa to allow him to continue working. He had been working in Canada for three years. As a result, the town went for over a week without the services of that doctor. It finally took the intervention of outside sources, including MPs like myself, to move it along.
I would like to know if the hon. member has a comment with respect to how the system is working when it comes to work visas.
The second thing is that in our riding we have quite a few dairy farms. It is difficult to find people who will work all day, from 5.30 in the morning, or who will work a broken shift. I know of one big dairy farm which requires labourers. The owner happens to know of people in Switzerland, persons experienced in dairy, who would come to Manitoba to work.
They are having many problems within the immigration department to get him moved along to allow him to immigrate and work. There does not seem to be anybody in our area to fill that particular job. Does the member have any comments with regard to how the immigration system is working?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Citizenship Of Canada Act
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