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View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
We should address this issue perhaps from a financial viability side. I've been a public accountant and I somehow don't understand how your finances work with the trend of our current immigration patterns. Canada brings in about 280,000 immigrants a year, over half of whom settle in Toronto and another third or so in other urban centres. That means there are 90,000 people coming into Toronto. On top of that, we also have 100,000 foreign students who come in. A lot of them would come from China or Mandarin-speaking countries. Again, over half of them come to Toronto, which is 50,000 students coming to Toronto.
Of the greater Toronto population of more than four million, over 130,000 Mandarin or Cantonese speakers have come here. On top of that, more than a third, more than half a million Chinese, live in the Greater Toronto area. I would say that about 90% of them are first generation, who will probably have an understanding of either Cantonese or Mandarin.
What I don't understand is that as recently as 2010 and 2011 you were making a profit. It was a viable operation. What has changed between 2010 and your current and forecast situation that has made this dramatic drop? Have your internal costs increased tremendously? I don't see why you would not go after this increasing population, selling more advertising and so on, to gain that market share.
Finally, why do you throw away that market share?
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
Could you give some clarification regarding your U.S. programming? Why are you not able to maintain that chunk, or why is it no longer in existence? Why did we lose that? You talked about the U.S. component—
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
To follow on with Mr. Vaughan's line of thinking, Rogers is a fairly modern, sophisticated communications technology company, and it defies me why you cannot use other channels of delivery, whether it be the Internet or the cellphone. There must be other channels you can use in order to improve that newscast and improve that program.
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CPC (ON)
What is the impact of some of these other stations, such as Fairchild or some of the single-language dedicated stations? How do they impact you? Can you work cooperatively with them or not?
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
You know, the federal government absolutely understands the importance of transit for its economic benefit, for its economic engine, for the fact as we move forward it will reduce pollution, and for the health of Canadians. In our budget 2015 we announced a public transit fund that addresses this issue. I think it's music to the ears of most municipalities when we say that when we put money into public transit, we are looking at the objective of sustainable, long-term funding.
However, let me point something out. Take the example of Vancouver, which I have some experience with. In 1986 I was on the team to help build the Expo Line. At that time, the average cost per kilometre was $25 million. I understand from my colleagues now that to build this new transit line, you're looking in the neighbourhood of about $300 million. This means over a 30-year period there was a 12-fold increase, or about a 400% increase per decade, 40% per year.
This clearly is something that is not sustainable. As we build more transit systems, our gas revenues, with hopefully reduced car use, will be decreasing, yet our expenses are increasing with public transit systems. I want to hear from the transit operators: in order to maintain that sustainability, what other models or other ways of funding do you have in mind?
I'll give you some example of what I'm thinking about. Are there changes to intensification? Are there changes to a transit property issuing debentures? Are there indications of transit stops with developers to leverage a higher value out of those development properties? I'd like to hear your opinion on how you are going to move forward with the new transit funding model and its respective sustainability.
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
I should—
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
It's important for Canada to maintain abreast of technology and of the security measures of our peer countries.
My question has to deal with the five partner countries. Do we all have the same biometric requirements for those 29 countries and one territory? Are there differences in how we go about doing this? The reason I'm asking this is, what happens to the countries that are not on Canada's 29-country list? How do we screen those?
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
I recently had experience travelling through Japan and biometrics was required of me. Is there a reciprocal agreement among countries outside of those five countries that have this biometric collection requirement?
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
Just as a way of comparison between the pre-biometric collection era and now, how have we facilitated the processing of a person at a border? I'm thinking more in terms of how this affects our tourism business, our trade industry. In some countries you have to stand in a lineup for easily 40 to 50 minutes. Give me a sense of what the efficiency is in terms of processing plane loads of people coming into our borders.
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
Does this also work for our land border crossings, for crossing to the United States, say, for travellers who are not U.S. citizens?
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Minister, for appearing this early in the morning.
I wish to go a little bit into our Canadian immigration successes of recent times. Immigration plays a very important role in Canada's long-term prosperity and our competitiveness in the international marketplace. I am an immigrant who came here initially as an international student in the 1960s. While the previous government under the Liberals had cut immigration by 32% in the first five years in office, we have welcomed the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history.
From what you have told us here today, we're moving into this express entry system. The express entry system will move away from the cyclical temporary immigration designed to meet short-term needs and to redouble our efforts to permanent immigration that will attract skilled workers who will make real contributions to the Canadian economy.
How do you see this express entry truly benefiting Canada in terms of meeting our labour manpower requirements with our economic needs? Are all of our immigration streams going to be facilitated through this express entry? Interestingly enough, the way the program is designed in express entry, there's a computerized background to it which we call...you know, when you want to search for a record, in computer science there's a technique called bubble sort. The bubble that is the greatest, the best, rises to the top at a much faster rate, whereas compared with the old sequential or random search method, you don't get that type of efficiency.
Perhaps you could go into this aspect of our new system.
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. I was hoping to come to another point.
Minister, I see there's also some money allocated for refugee reform. On January 7, 2015, you responded to the UNHCR's latest appeal for 100,000 spaces by expanding our commitment to help Syrian refugees and resettling an additional 10,000 Syrians over the next three years. This brings Canada's total commitment to helping Syrian refugees up to 11,300, after successfully meeting an initial commitment to resettle 1,300 Syrians. As well, you also pledged to resettle an additional 3,000 Iraqi refugees by the end of 2015. This will bring Canada's total Iraqi resettlement community to 23,000 refugees by the end of 2015. Perhaps you wish to comment on that.
View Chungsen Leung Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
My question is on citizenship.
We have the new Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which actually strengthens the value of Canadian citizenship and, I hope, will speed up our processing times. My constituents are telling me they feel that the application process for citizenship for new applicants has decreased year to year.
Can you comment on how we have handled the backlog with respect to implementing at the same time the new Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act?
How does it all come together and still maintain the previous budget?
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CPC (ON)
What numbers are you forecasting for both 2015 and 2016 as compared to for 2014?
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CPC (ON)
Okay, that's no problem.
There appears to be a decrease in funding for the temporary resident program.
What are the current service standards for the TRV and how does CIC expect to meet these standards?
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