Transcript: Shurman/Ask an MPP | Jul 21, 2021

Peter Shurman appears on screen. He’s in his fifties. He’s mostly bald with few short grey hair on the temples and a beard. He wears glasses, a grey suit, light blue shirt and striped red tie.

Peter says
MY NAME IS
PETER SHURMAN.
I'M THE MPP
FOR THORNHILL.
AND I'M THE OPPOSITION
CRITIC FOR CITIZENSHIP
AND IMMIGRATION.
PEOPLE ASK ALL THE TIME
WHAT DOES ONTARIO HAVE
TO DO WITH IMMIGRATION.
AND THE ANSWER IS VERY LITTLE
BECAUSE IMMIGRATION IS
REALLY A FEDERAL
RESPONSIBILITY.
THE FEDERAL POLITICIANS
CONTROL THROUGH THEIR
LEGISLATION WHO COMES IN AND
UNDER WHAT RULES AS FAR AS
BECOMING A NEW
CANADIAN IS CONCERNED.
BUT ONCE CANADIANS ARRIVE
HERE, AND OVER HALF ARRIVE
IN ONTARIO, MOSTLY IN
THE GTA, THE INTEGRATION
OF THOSE NEW CITIZENS
IS WHAT THE PROVINCE
GETS INVOLVED IN.
SO IT'S MORE CITIZENSHIP
AND IMMIGRATION,
RATHER THAN
IMMIGRATION FIRST.
CITIZENSHIP IS ALSO
ABOUT THE INTEGRATION
OF PEOPLE WITH SKILL SETS
THAT ARE DIFFERENT FROM
WHAT OURS ARE IN TERMS
OF HOW THEY WERE TRAINED.
BECAUSE THEY WERE TRAINED...
LET'S TAKE A DOCTOR,
FOR EXAMPLE, IN A FOREIGN
COLLEGE, FOREIGN UNIVERSITY
THAT MAY NOT BE ONE HUNDRED
PERCENT IN LINE WITH
OUR REQUIREMENTS HERE BY
THE BODIES THAT REGULATE
THOSE PROFESSIONS.
SO CITIZENSHIP HELPS
TO CHANNEL PEOPLE THROUGH
SPECIAL CENTRES THAT HAVE
BEEN SET UP TO ALLOW THEM
TO ADJUST TO OUR SOCIETY
BY TAKING WHATEVER COURSES
OR TOP-UPS MIGHT BE REQUIRED
IN GETTING THEM PLACED.
SO IT'S A SOCIAL AND
AN ECONOMIC JOB AS WELL.
OUR DIVERSITY HERE IN
THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO,
NOTABLY IN THE GREATER
TORONTO AREA, IS SECOND
TO NONE IN TERMS OF PEOPLE
GETTING ALONG WITH PEOPLE.
IN MY OWN RIDING OF
THORNHILL ABOUT 150
DIFFERENT CULTURES CO-EXIST.
AND I MIGHT SAY
VERY, VERY WELL.

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