The Canadian campaign period officially kicked off today as the citizens prepare for their 43rd general election that will be held on October 21 according to Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
Canadians will officially head to the polls, which will redefine the immigration policies for a new federal government. Just as any other elections, politicians will capitalize on any available controversial policies as a principle campaign agenda.
Trudeau’s liberal party of Canada’s campaign trail is expected to discredit the ruling party, the Conservative Party of Canada, which ousted them from power in 2015. Trudeau frames the upcoming election as a choice for the Canadian to “move forward” from the current “failed policies.” Although Canada’s main federal political parties all stand in favor of immigration, they have at some point disagreed on policies related to the asylum seekers and Canada’s immigration levels
How Canada’s 2019 Federal Election Will Affect Immigration and Express Entry Asylum, Seekers
Immigration policies in the U.S. have led to an increase in the number of asylum seekers who use unofficial ports into Canada. Since 2017, when President Donald Trump came into power, up to 50,000 immigrants have crossed into Canada to claim asylum. Such high numbers have instigated an immigration crisis in Canada. For instance, a high number of asylum seekers has overwhelmed Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. Moreover, instead of the 60-day requirement for protection hearings, an asylum seeker has to wait for up to two years for the later hearings.
Various leaders, mainly from conservatives, agree that the current crisis within Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board has affected the credibility of the immigration process and consequently undermined the citizen confidence and support for the policies. However, the liberals further claim the conservatives are using this crisis to spread misinformation for political gain. For example, one conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, has been vocal in questioning the legitimacy of asylum seekers. He is quoted saying that the asylum-seeking process has loopholes found in Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) with the United States that people exploit to jump queues and skip the line. Scheer is pledging to close this loophole if elected. He the pledges to change the asylum-seeking laws. He further promises to fix the so-called irregular crossing into Canada through recognized ports of entry.