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AG report on immigration a start, but misses bigger issue

By Angelo Persichilli      

In 2010, there were 2.8 million Canadian citizens who emigrated out of Canada. This represents many who have obtained Canadian citizenship only to abuse our social services or get a Canadian passport.

If Immigration Minister John McCallum believes implementing the recommendations of the auditor general will fix the system, he is wrong, writes Angelo Persichilli, who says the real problem are those who legally obtain citizenship with the intent of abusing Canada’s tolerance and hospitality. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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TORONTO—The auditor general's report heavily criticizing the Immigration Department for not properly preventing and detecting citizenship fraud is serious but neither a surprise nor an indictment against the department and immigrants. I agree with Immigration Minister John McCallum when he says the vast majority of cases are properly dealt with and the fraudulent cases amount to one per cent of the total. That doesn’t mean a couple of thousand of fraudulently-obtained Canadian citizenships are not a serious matter, but it

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