We call on all residents of Ottawa to support the legacy of this great woman. Her reputation and legacy should not be unfairly and posthumously tarnished. We ask Ottawans to take to heart the immortal words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Charlotte Whitton’s reputation matters – for if hers is so easily ruined and baselessly attacked, who among us may be next?
The Canadian immigration system is among the most fair and generous in the world. No system is perfect and set out herein are some specifics that both parties, immigrants and Canadians, find unsatisfactory. We find that the system is too easily abused by individuals, groups and others. It is also the object of criticism by many, including the United Nations Human Rights Council.
This paper is directed to creating a win-win situation for immigrants and Canadians by providing comments and recommendations intended to reduce abuses.
It is important to Canada that the refugee and immigrant system serve national and provincial needs as effectively as possible, and that refugee and immigrant claimants are qualified as effectively and fairly as possible. To this end, decisions must be made to improve the system and its policies.