Screening for Canadian Values
As I have travelled across this country speaking to Canadians, I have heard from many who believe in a unified Canadian identity that is grounded in shared values that include
- Equal opportunity – We must strive to ensure that everyone has as much of an equal opportunity to succeed as possible, especially our youth
- Hard work – Everyone must work hard and provide for themselves and their families
- Helping others – Once people become prosperous, we all are expected to give back to our communities to help others
- Generosity – Canada is a place that shows what is possible when hard work and generosity come together
- Freedom and tolerance – A Canadian identity that is based on freedom and tolerance to allow each of us the chance to pursue our best lives and to become our best selves
We all hold these values in common and they make our country great. If we want continue to grow and develop that identity, we need to make sure that those who want to come to Canada share those values.
That’s why I will screen immigrants, refugees, and visitors, for anti-Canadian values.
Currently, fewer than 1 in 5 immigrants receive a face-to-face interview with a trained immigration officer. That is something that should be of concern to all Canadians, especially as the government plans a massive increase in immigration levels.
Since 2001, governments have become obsessed with immigration numbers. Pressure is placed on immigration officials to approve more and more applications every day. Immigration officials are expected to make decisions on seventy-five applications a day. That means less than five minutes per application. That’s not the way to build a nation based on shared values.
Nation-building on shared values is why I am running to be Prime Minister.
I am the only candidate who will screen visitors, refugees, and immigrants for anti-Canadian values.
I am the only candidate who will ensure that those coming to Canada believe in the equality of men and women, freedom of religion, and equality of all under the law.
I am running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada with a clear directive from the thousands of Canadians that I have met during the last several months. They have told me that we need to stand up for the values that make Canada great and that is what I am going to continue to do — to talk about and stand up for a united Canadian identity that is based on shared, historic Canadian values.