The NDP is urging the Pallister government to lobby Ottawa to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S. in order to protect refugee asylum seekers and support Emerson residents, immigration critic Nahanni Fontaine said today. Fontaine also urged the provincial government to work with Ottawa to lift the cap on private sponsorship of refugees.
The Pallister government’s proposal to charge newcomers $500 and change the rules of the Provincial Nominee Program is a blatant cash grab that hurts newcomers and the province, NDP Interim Leader Flor Marcelino said today.
“The premier is making unnecessary and drastic changes to the highly successful Provincial Nominee Program and justifies it with false claims that many newcomers end up on welfare,” Marcelino said. “The reality is newcomers through the PNP program have among the most successful employment records in Canada and they put down roots in Manitoba.”