Immigration Minister Diane Finley defended her government’s proposed amendments to how the government will select new Canadians during a televised exchange on March 23, 2008.  The amendments came as part of the proposed federal budget tabled on March 14, 2008.  Critics argue that the changes will give the government unprecedented power over who  will be accepted  for immigration into Canada, however,  the Minister responded  be saying that the changes will enable the government to bring  potential Canadian immigrants with badly needed skills into Canada sooner by enabling Canada immigration visa officers  to accelerate the processing of some applications regardless of when they were received. A vote in Parliament is expected on this issue by mid April.

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