This time our agenda will focus on the divisive nature of Stephen Harper and the Conservative government’s approach to multicultural relations. This is your chance to ask me any question you want in my capacity as Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism. I’ll also be joined by Liberal Party of Canada National Policy Chair Maryanne Kampouris.
Harper’s Conservative government is creating an intolerant and anti-immigrant culture in Canada and moving the country away from Canada’s traditional values of celebrating diversity and multiculturalism.
Minister Kenney has carried out immigration policies that are detrimental to multicultural communities. He turned his back on family reunification with the freezing of parental and grandparent sponsorships, he cut funding to refugee health care and he turned his back on close to 300,000 skilled workers who have been waiting for years to immigrate to Canada.
The Minister consistently uses divisive language that denigrates by trying to create categories of good and bad immigrants. Worst of all, the Minister empowers himself with broad, unfettered and unprecedented powers.
Since obtaining their majority government, it has become clear that Stephen Harper and his gang of Conservatives have ignored and forgotten multicultural communities.
Liberals understand the importance of immigration in Canada. That’s why we enshrined multiculturalism in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And we would do it again because it is still a pillar of Canadian society that strengthens our great nation.
Liberal Multiculturalism Critic
PS. You can submit your questions to us in advance here.