Canada unique for lack of xenophobic sentiment in public discourse: Kenney

Canada unique for lack of xenophobic sentiment in public discourse: Kenney

By David P. Ball November 10, 2012 06:20 pm 11 comments

Jason Kenney

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney speaking in Burnaby yesterday. Photo by David P. Ball.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was in Burnaby, B.C. yesterday to explain changes to how would-be newcomers connect with employers in Canada, and to answer questions about the controversial Temporary Foreign Workers Program, which has come under scrutiny this week over 200 Chinese coal mine workers in B.C.

Jason Kenney tries to lure UK Polish workers to move to Canada

Polish workers wait on a street corner for casual employment in west London Photo: AP

Canadian immigration minister tells UK Poles to move to Canada

06 November 2012

Jason Kenney, the Canadian minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, visited the UK and Ireland at the end of October 2012. He was trying to persuade skilled workers to consider a new life in Canada. While he was in the UK and in Ireland, he took the time to address audiences of Poles who are resident in the two countries.

Stephen Harper discusses immigration issues during visit to the Philippines

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Philippine President Benigno Aquino walk past a traditional bamboo orchestra at Malacanang Palace in Manila on Nov. 10, 2012. It is the first visit to the Philippines by a Canadian head of state in 15 years.

Philippine immigration issues on table as Stephen Harper makes rare visit
Jennifer Ditchburn, Canadian Press | Nov 10, 2012 11:22 AM ET | Last Updated: Nov 10, 2012 12:18 PM ET

MANILA, Philippines — The people of China, not its leadership, will be the ones to fuel democratic reform in that country, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Saturday.

Harper was commenting on the upcoming change of leadership in Beijing, where both President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao are set to hand over the reins to a younger generation.

The world is trying to assess what the shift means. Likely not much, Harper said.

“I would say that at this point, our assessment is probably that it’s more continuity than change, but one will be examining that carefully,” Harper told reporters at a joint news conference with Philippine President Benigno Aquino.

“Of course part of our engagement with China…involves the promotion of our basic values, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and I do believe as prosperity grows in countries, pressures and expectations on those matters among the populations inevitably increase.”

The Philippines is a country that has seen transformative change with the arrival of a new leader. Aquino has led an aggressive anti-corruption campaign aimed at making his country more attractive for trade and investment. But he’s also taken steps to protect the nation’s environment and resources by placing a moratorium on new mining contracts while drafting reforms to the system.