Oct
03

CFCO Hosts Hon. Joe Oliver at Discover Canada: Conservative Forum

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Joe Oliver, was guest speaker at the September CFCO Monthly Forum. Minister Oliver is the Conservative Party of Canada MP for the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence, and was first elected to Parliament in 2011.

Minister Oliver spoke to a large audience of people from across the GTA about how he first entered politics and how it took more than one attempt for him to win his seat. Determination, hard work, and spending a lot of time in the community is what finally made the difference for him.

Much of Mr. Oliver’s speech centred on the work he and the Conservative government are doing in the area of Natural Resource Development. While Canada is fortunate to have a large customer for our products south of the border, there is a need to diversify our export base and delivery options. Canada must develop new markets and build the infrastructure needed to ensure our resources are able to reach those markets safely and effectively. The safest and most efficient means to move petroleum products is through pipelines.

Minister Oliver remained to answer numerous questions and have photos taken following his speech. We are very grateful for having him speak to our group.

 

Aug
22

CFCO Hosts MP Bernard Trottier at Discover Canada: Conservative Forum

On Saturday August 17th, The Canadian Federation of Conservative Organizations was pleased to host Conservative MP Bernard Trottier at the monthly Forum. Mr. Trottier was elected in Etobicoke-Lakeshore in 2011, by defeating Michael Ignatieff, then Leader of the Opposition. This feat had not been accomplished in Canadian history since John A. MacDonald lost his seat in the federal election of 1878.

Bernard is a member of the Greater Toronto Area Conservative Caucus, and serves on the Government Operations & Estimates and Official Languages Committees. He brings his business background to Parliament in support of economic development in the GTA and across Canada.

Bernard spoke to the enthusiastic crowd about how he first became involved in politics, stressing the importance of becoming a volunteer and participating in the democratic process. His speech also covered issues of importance to all Canadians, from responsible natural resource development to how Canada has been improving immigration policies to better serve the needs of this country.

Following his speech, Bernard was kind enough to stay and answer many questions and talk to those in attendance.

Mar
24

CFCO Hosts MP Menegakis at Discover Canada: Conservative Forum

CFCO Hosts MP Menegakis at Discover Canada: Conservative Forum

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Federation of Conservative Organizations (CFCO) was honoured to host Costas Menegakis, the Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill, at the monthly community town hall gathering ‘Discover Canada: Conservatism Forum’.

Hundreds of new Canadians from multicultural backgrounds gathered in a gymnasium of the North York Chinese Community Church in Toronto on a Saturday afternoon, where they a unique opportunity to meet MP Menegakis and learned a great deal about our national politics and federal institutions, and also asked questions regarding issues of the day, including the 2013 Budget.

Following an animated discussion that covered a wide range of topics, such as education, taxes, immigration, the economy and how the Parliament works, MP Menegakis remarked, “This town hall meeting symbolizes the best of Canada. Many new Canadians here came from places where tyrants set the rules. But now as citizens of the greatest nation with guaranteed political liberties, including freedom of speech, they are now participating in the discourse on national affairs.”

“These monthly gatherings are very important for the health of Canada’s democracy”, said CFCO Chair Harry Tsai. “With increasingly lower voter turn outs and general apathy about national politics, Canada needs a well informed and active citizenry more than ever. I encourage not only new but older Canadians to come out to our next meeting.”

 

Dec
11

(中文) 批准“中海油收购案”,双方互利、何乐而不为?

Dec
11

Attracting the best and brightest skilled workers

News Release — Attracting the best and brightest skilled workers

Transition to permanent residence now faster, more flexible

Ottawa, December 11, 2012 — Skilled temporary foreign workers will soon be able to transition to permanent residence faster than ever before, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

Beginning January 2, 2013, skilled worker applicants may apply to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program with 12 months of Canadian work experience, a year sooner than the previously required 24 months. In addition, graduates now have more time to earn their one year of work experience – up to 36 months, compared to only 24 months previously.

“The CEC helps Canada attract the immigrants our economy requires: individuals who have valuable Canadian work experience and the necessary skills to benefit our country’s current labour market needs,” said Minister Kenney. “These skilled workers are set for success and expediting their transition to permanent residence will help Canada to respond to ongoing labour market challenges.”

This improvement makes the program more flexible for applicants, particularly for skilled worker applicants who will be eligible to qualify for permanent residency more quickly. International students will benefit by gaining more time to acquire the necessary experience to apply for permanent residency.

Through the CEC, which was created in 2008, Canada has admitted more than 20,000 international students and skilled workers. In 2013, CIC intends to accept a record high of up to 10,000 permanent residents through this program. This is a significant increase from the 2545 who were admitted in 2009.

“The government is committed to creating a fast and flexible immigration system that works for Canada’s economy,” added Minister Kenney. “The CEC has become Canada’s fastest growing economic immigration program and is part of our plan to attract the best and brightest from around the world.”

Further details about the Canadian Experience Class.

Photo of Minister Kenney available at: www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/photos/high-res/index.asp.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Alexis Pavlich

Minister’s Office

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

613-954-1064

Media Relations

Communications Branch

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

613-952-1650

CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca

Building a stronger Canada: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) strengthens Canada’s economic, social and cultural prosperity, helping ensure Canadian safety and security while managing one of the largest and most generous immigration programs in the world.

Oct
09

CFCO witness firsthand Canadian democracy in action

A delegation of 15 young members of the Canadian Federation of Conservative Organization traveled to the Nation’s Capital last week, to witness firsthand Canadian democracy in action, and to participate in workshops to prepare in becoming tomorrow’s leaders in the Conservative movement.

On the first day of this two-day exclusive trip, the Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Paul Calandra, MP for Markham Oak-Ridges, CS Leung, MP for Willowdale, and Conservative Party officials warmly welcomed the delegation to the Hill, and arranged private ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Parliament, providing the delegation an unprecedented opportunity to observe what Conservative Members of Parliament do on a regular basis in representing their constituents and to insure that Canada’s economy remains in top shape.

After the private tour while dining in the Parliamentary Restaurant among Canada’s legislators, many remarked that they are inspired to engage more in public affairs, felt a renewed sense of patriotism and acquired a deeper appreciation for Canada’s democracy, which is the envy of the world.

On the second day, the delegation participated in highly productive workshops led by three distinguished officials in the Conservative movement. The workshops imbued our delegation a strong sense of responsibility and duty as citizens, to become more active and vocal in supporting and spreading the Conservative message in our communities. In addition, the workshops provided our delegation with practical knowledge and tools on what they can do, to ensure that the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister Harper can win the next election for another strong, national and majority mandate.

Conservative values are Canada’s values. Our delegation is now excited and ready to lead the next generation.

Willowdale MP, CS Leung (left 6th), Richmond Hill MP, Costas Menegakis (right 5th), CFCO Chair, Harry Tsai (right 3rd)

 

Minister Jason Kenney (right 6th), & Parliamentary Secretary, Paul Calandra (right 5th)

Dine with Mr. Paul Calandra @ the Parliamentary Restaurant

Parliamentary Secretary, Paul Calandra(right 5th) arrange a tour in the House of Common

Workshop with Conservative Party Community Outreach manager, Miss Madi Murariu

Sep
11

Canadian citizenship not for sale: Minister Kenney provides update on residence fraud investigations

Ottawa, September 10, 2012 — The Government of Canada’s investigation into residence fraud continues to grow, with nearly 11,000 individuals potentially implicated in lying to apply for citizenship or maintain permanent resident status.

“We are applying the full strength of Canadian law to those who have obtained citizenship fraudulently,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “Canadian citizenship is not for sale. We are taking action to strip citizenship and permanent residence status from people who don’t play by the rules and who lie or cheat to become a Canadian citizen.”

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has begun the process to revoke the citizenship of up to 3,100 citizens who obtained it fraudulently. Minister Kenney first announced the investigations last year. CIC is working closely with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Canadian offices abroad to tackle this fraud.

“Today’s announcement is the end-result of the hard work done by the RCMP and CBSA, and they should be congratulated for their dedicated effort in bringing these charges forward,” said Canada’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. “These efforts reinforce our government’s commitment to protecting the integrity of our immigration system.”

The Department has also been working on cases of those who are not yet citizens. Nearly 5,000 people with permanent resident status who are known to be implicated in residence fraud have been flagged for additional scrutiny should they attempt to enter Canada or obtain citizenship. The majority of these individuals are believed to be outside the country.

Permanent residents must reside in Canada for three years out of four years prior to applying for Canadian citizenship. To retain their status as permanent residents, they must be physically present in Canada for two out of five years with few exceptions.

In typical cases, permanent residents will use the services of an unscrupulous immigration representative to fraudulently establish evidence of residence in Canada while living abroad most, if not all, of the time. This is perpetrated so that individuals can fraudulently maintain their permanent residence status and later apply for citizenship. RCMP and CBSA criminal investigations have found that a family of five may pay upwards of $25,000 over four or more years to create the illusion of Canadian residence.

Finally, CIC has flagged the files of another 2,500 individuals where, for various reasons, there are concerns. These individuals will be watched closely should they make future applications. This makes a total of nearly 11,000 individuals tied to citizenship and residence fraud investigations.

To date, CIC and its partners have removed or denied admittance to over 600 former permanent residents linked to the investigations, and have denied about 500 citizenship applications where the applicants do not meet the residence requirements. Almost 1,800 applicants linked to the investigations have abandoned their citizenship applications as word about these investigations spreads.

“We will not stand by and allow people to lie and cheat their way into becoming citizens,” added Minister Kenney. “I encourage anyone who has information regarding citizenship fraud to call our tip line to report it. There is no time limit for investigating this type of fraud.”

Over the past six years, Canada has had the highest sustained level of immigration in Canadian history. The Government of Canada is committed to creating an immigration system that brings the world’s best and brightest to Canada while protecting our immigration system against those who would abuse our generosity.

Cases involving false representation, fraud or knowingly concealing material circumstances in the citizenship process—for example, pretending to be present in Canada to meet the residence requirements for obtaining citizenship—should be referred to the citizenship fraud tip line at CIC’s Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday). Tips may also be reported by email at Citizenship-fraud-tips@cic.gc.ca. Those overseas can also contact the nearest Canadian visa office.

All other types of immigration fraud can be reported to the CBSA’s Border Watch Tip Line at1-888-502-9060. Tips accepted by the Border Watch Tip Line include, but are not limited to, suspicious cross-border activity, marriages of convenience, misrepresentation in any temporary or permanent immigration application, or the whereabouts of any person wanted on an immigration warrant.

Jul
12

CFCO Congratulates Chair on Diamond Jubilee Medal

Chinese-Canadian Federation of Conservative Organizations

Executive Board

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 12th 2012CFCO Congratulates Chair on Diamond Jubilee Medal

TORONTO – The Chinese-Canadian Federation of Conservative Organizations would like to extend congratulations to Chairman Harry Tsai. Harry who was awarded with a Queens Jubilee Medal by the Honorable C.S. Leung, M.P. for Willowdale.

The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

“I am deeply honoured to receive this award, and I know that the achievements made by CFCO to Canada and our community over the past year could not have been done without so many dedicated members and volunteers.” said Tsai, who added “This medal belongs to them too.”

Jun
28

New citizen’s arrest law set to take effect

Canadians will soon have more power to make a citizen’s arrest after they catch someone committing a crime, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced Wednesday.

Bill C-26, the Citizen’s Arrest and Self-Defence Act, is expected to receive royal assent Thursday. The new legislation will allow Canadians to make a citizen’s arrest within a reasonable amount of time after they’ve witnessed a crime in progress.

Currently, a citizen’s arrest is only legal if the suspect is caught red-handed.

Nicholson announced the changes at a news conference near the Lucky Moose food mart in Toronto’s Chinatown, where owner David Chen infamously chased down and tied up a serial shoplifter in 2009, only to be arrested and charged himself.

The case made headlines across the country and Chen was eventually acquitted.

Our government is committed to putting the real criminals behind bars, Nicholson said in a statement. Canadians want to know that they are able to protect themselves against criminal acts and that the justice system is behind them, not against them.

Nicholson said the current legislation, which allows Canadians to make a citizen’s arrest only if they catch someone actively engaged in a criminal offence on or in relation to one’s property is too restricting.

Nicholson stressed that the government does not condone vigilantism and that a citizen’s arrest will only be legal if it’s not feasible for a police officer to make an arrest.

The police will continue to be Canada’s first and foremost criminal law enforcement body, a news release from Nicholson’s office said.

The new legislation will also simplify the definitions of self-defence and defence of property in the Criminal Code, after police and prosecutors complained that they are complex and confusing.

Jun
09

(中文) 康尼的下一招是什麼?(辛峰)

 

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