Tomorrow we’ll get at the news that federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration John McCallum is promising “radical” changes to the Citizenship Act. Busy little bee, that Mr. McCallum.
One rumour is the language proficiency test will be turfed as a prerequisite for citizenship. Now, why would proficiency in one of Canada’s two official languages be deemed a necessity when becoming a citizen? Well, Mr. McCallum will no doubt have an explanation if that’s his decision. He’s being pressured by fellow Liberal MPs according to the Hill Times. I’ll be joined by immigration lawyer Richard Kurland and former Canadian Ambassador to Syria and Lebanon, Martin Collacott.
When is running up deficits much larger than promised during an election campaign acceptable? Well, now. That’s what our PM is saying will happen. And he’s receiving some level of support from economists. Now I’m not an economist, but kicking deficits north perhaps double of what you committed to during an election has a failed moral component and makes me wonder what else have you overpromised on?
And when the dollar is cratering, is that time to be increasing your national debt with no prospect of balancing the books when you promised you would?
Ah well…..taking care of the middle class, eh?
Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson will have at this one tomorrow.
We’ll talk about the wrap up of the Ghomeshi trial with Toronto criminal lawyer Chris Murphy and about the Tim Bosma murder case underway in Hamilton. CHML reporter Alex Pierson will join me.
Busy show tomorrow (Saturday). Oh, if you usually listen in on AM640 in Toronto, for this one occasion the station won’t be carrying my show. Tune in to 900 CHML in Hamilton. Also available on HD.
Have a great day!