O’Toole mum on how many immigrants he would bring, promises tougher border measures


Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is promising to speed up processing of family reunification and skilled workers’ immigration applications without saying whether he would maintain the Liberal government’s target of accepting about 400,000 new immigrants every year. Speaking to reporters in Russell, Ont., O’Toole said an economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic requires “rising immigration,” but he didn’t say how many immigrants a Conservative government would welcome to Canada. “We need increasing immigration to grow this country,” O’Toole said. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many federal programs and forced his government to suspend immigration completely last year because it had to close the borders. At a campaign stop in Richmond, B.C., Trudeau said he would increase the immigration targets if re-elected to make up for the time lost during the pandemic.

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