#52 – Ranking Economic Immigrants and Listener Q&A, with Asha Kaushal

A discussion of the philosophy behind economic immigration, how Canada ranks economic immigrants, Ministerial Instructions and listener Q&A.

Ashal Kaushal is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law, where she teaches, amongst other courses, Immigration Law.

6:00 An introduction to Canada’s points system, how Express Entry changed it and Ministerial Instructions.

14:30 The three models of economic immigration. The Human Capital Model, the Demand-Driven Model and the Neo-Corporatist Model

22:00 How the same job offer can be worth different points depending on the immigration program.

28:30 Is it possible to qualify the value of a prospective economic immigrant through their job?

32:00 Why are the points what they are? Why would a job offer go from 600 to 200 / 50, for example? How did the change from Conservative to Liberal government change?

37:30 A ranking system based on wage.

44:00 Ministerial Instructions

Listener Questions

55:30 How long will Express Entry last before they bring in a whole new system?

1:00 Should there be country caps on economic immigration? Will India remain the top source country of immigrants?

1:06 What, if anything, should be done about how the federal and provincial governments have economic immigration programs that target the same “high skilled” people?

1:16 Should Canada bring back the Immigrant Investor Program?

1:24 If you could make one change to Express Entry or economic immigration what would it be?

#51 – Inadmissibility to Canada for Committing a Criminal Offence, with Sania Chaudhry

A discussion of when someone can be inadmissible to Canada for having committed a crime which doesn’t lead to a conviction.

Cases referenced are Garcia v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2021 FC 141 and Dlieow v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2020 FC 59

Sania (Ahmed) Chaudhry was counsel in Garcia. She is currently Legal Counsel (Professional Conduct Proceedings) at Real Estate Council of Alberta.

2:00 Introduction and an overview of Garcia v. Canada.

15:00 The purpose of Canada’s inadmissibility provisions.

17:10 What is the standard of proof for determining that someone committed a crime where there is no conviciton?

19:45 A review of Enforcement Manual 2

30:30 Determining equivalency and issues with inadmissibility findings where there is no conviction.

39:30 Dlieow v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)

46:00 Living in a society where the State makes everything a crime.

Episode #50 – Membership in a Terrorist Organization and Immigration, with Hart Kaminker

A discussion of s. 34(1)(f) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which provides that a foreign national or permanent resident is inadmissible for being the member of an organization that has committed terrorism. Topics include how terrorism, organization and membership are defined, the Proud Boys, QAnon and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

5:45 What is terrorism under Canadian immigration legislation?

9:45 What is an organization?

15:30 What does it mean to be a “member?”

19:00 The Bangladesh Nationalist Party

29:00 Would Nelson Mandela be encompassed?

30:45 Should only organizations that are officially designated by the government render someone inadmissible?

39:39 The Ministerial relief process.

47:35 Jose Figuerora

53:45 Could someone being a QAnon adherent make them inadmissible to Canada?

1:00 Does the designation of the Proud Boys broaden what could result in inadmissibility due to terrorism?

1:03 Could the leader of a party calling for an insurrection lead to all members of that organization being inadmissible for being a member of an organization which has committed terrorism?

1:05 What about antifa? The Republican Party?

1:13 Would it be misrepresentation to not declare one’s being a QAnon adherent in the IMM5669?

Episode #47 – Universal Basic Income and Canadian Immigration

This episode is about the concept of a universal basic income and how it would work in Canada. We are joined by Sheila Regehr and Sameer Nurmohamed of Basic Income Canada Network.

We discuss which type of immigrants (permanent residents, workers, students, asylum claimants, people without status) etc. would be eligible, whether a basic income would impact other public funding for services like legal aid, whether it would cause inflation, and more.

5:30 What are different models of universal basic income?

9:00 How is the amount of basic income calculated?

10:45 What was the Ontario pilot project?

12:45 In practice is there a difference between an income guarantee model and a flat-payment model?

14:30 Do wealthy people get the same payment and benefit under a universal basic income?

15:30 How would a universal basic income be funded?

23:45 Would a universal basic income replace other services like legal aid?

28:25 A review of Motion 46 – GUARANTEED LIVABLE BASIC INCOME

30:35 Would international students, foreign workers, permanent residents, asylum claimants, people without status, etc. be eligible to receive a universal basic income?

42:00 What would the labour market interaction be with a universal basic income in terms of its impact on wages?

45:00 Would immigrants abuse a universal basic income system?

47:30 How have the impacts of the CERB impacted peoples’ perspectives on how a universal basic income would work?

56:00 Would a guaranteed basic income cause inflation or people gauging marginalized individuals?

1:03 Where can people learn more?