“Radical” change to the Citizenship Act. The promise by fed minister John McCallum. One issue we’re on today

Well, the issue of “radical” change to the Citizenship, as promised by the Minister responsible for citizenship and immigration, John McCallum has fired up strong opinion.

One of the key changes we’re led to expect (interesting story in The Hill Times) is that requirement for immigrants and refugees to have a strong knowledge of either English or French in order to become citizens will be dropped.
Wonder why the Liberals didn’t make that promise during the election campaign?  You?

We’ll speak to the two major trials in Canada.  Toronto criminal lawyer Chris Murphy on the Ghomeshi trial, just ended.  Alex Pierson has been reporting on the murder trial in Hamilton for 900 CHML.  Dellen Millard and Mark Smich are facing first degree murder charges in the death of Hamilton dad and husband Tim Bosma.  He was trying to sell a truck and took two individuals for an evening test drive.

There’s also the case of a 26 year old Ontario man facing murder charges as he allegedly fired a shotgun at another man alleged to have been stealing the first man’s truck out of his driveway.  I’ll speak to Andy Kahan from the Houston Mayor’s Office for Crime Victims about what would happen in Texas in such a situation. Would a criminal charge be laid?  There are two online petitions about the Ontario case. The petition calling for the murder charge to be dropped against the 26 year old had 13,000 signatures by yesterday.  The petition supporting the charge had 1000.

And it’s Saturday, so Beauties and the Beast with Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson.  One of the issues is the running up of multi billion dollar deficits by the federal government with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitting his government won’t be able to stop at the promised $10 billion per year and won’t be able to balance the books by the end of his mandate.  They’re three months in and already missing a financial commitment.

Call in when we open the lines.


No language proficiency test for citizenship applicants?

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!

today on the show (Sun Feb 7)

We start with Toronto criminal lawyer Chris Murphy on the Ghomeshi trial.  I spoke with Mr. Murphy in 2014 when Ghomeshi related information was just starting to be revealed.  We’ll talk about the issue of fairness to women when they report a sexual assault.

The GOP debate last night in New Hampshire.  The winners and the loser??  Fran Coombs, managing editor of Rasmussen Reports (polling) will share the pollster’s perspective and I’ll ask you whether you’re still firm about who in the GOP field should occupy the Oval Office.

We’ll get at the $69,500 transition and retirement allowance for a former Quebec municipal politician who moved to federal politics last October.  He thinks it’s perfectly fine.  Michelle Simson and Aaron Woodrick of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation join me and we’ll include your verdict.

The Super Bowl.  Information you might otherwise not know from Mark Yost who writes on the business of sport for the Wall Street Journal and is the author of numerous great books on the biz of sport.

Dr. Jay Keystone of Toronto General Hospital and Dr. Arthur Caplan medical ethicist at NYU will have different angles of the Zika virus concern to speak to.

Some of what’s on today’s show.

Join us and call in.