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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006



Department: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Elinor Caplan
Caplan at a glance:
• MP for Thornhill in Toronto
• Appointed immigration minister in 1999
• Previously a provincial cabinet minister.

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Minister in charge: Elinor Caplan

What happened: $1-billion over five years to improve the screening process for those coming into Canada. Among the measures aimed at improving screening for immigrants, refugee claimants and visitors is the introduction of what the government described as fraud-resistant permanent resident cards.

Financial details: The department says it spent $903.6-million in 2000-2001, after receiving a $200-million boost in the 2000 budget. In the wake of Sept. 11, the department received $49-million to increase security and announced plans to introduce a more secure permanent resident card.

Responsibilities: CIC manages immigration applications and sets immigration levels, selection criteria, and visa requirements. It also enforces Canada's refugee rules and helps settle refugees. And, as its name implies, the department grants citizenship.

What to expect: More money to tighten up refugee enforcement, install new high-tech equipment for immigration agents. In the wake of Sept. 11, opposition critics have repeatedly charged that Canada's refugee procedures are too lenient and are admitting people with terrorist links.

Critics:
Canadian Alliance: Paul Eugene Forseth
Bloc Québécois: Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral
New Democratic Party: Judy Wasylycia-Leis
PC/DR Coalition: Inky Mark


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