Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Mr. Fadden.
I'd like to preface by saying I've gone through the details of this bill. I'm not a lawyer; I'm just a hard-working kid from North Vancouver. But I was very disappointed with the manner in which the minister and the government back-doored these radical changes into the budget and never allowed the democratic Canadian process, the committee process, to review and debate and ascertain what exactly is going through. I'm just not happy with the way this process is working.
Having said that, the minister did appear, as you are doing here, and we heard her words. I just want to see whether you can help clarify an issue for me. The minister said:
Our proposed legislation will allow the minister to identify categories of occupations—not individuals—that will be processed on a priority basis....
However, earlier in your testimony, Mr. Fadden, you stated that the aim of the bill is to allow the minister to select people. And if we go to the actual words in the bill, proposed subsection 87.3(3) states:
The Minister may give instructions with respect to the processing of applications and requests, including instructions
(a) establishing categories
(b) establishing an order
(c) setting the number of applications; and
(d) providing for the disposition of applications
So my question to you is—and you said earlier that this minister is allowed to pick and choose who she wants to allow into Canada—is she allowed, under this legislation, to pick and choose, as you said, who gets into Canada?