By Martin Collacott, Vancouver Sun
The federal government has taken major steps to reduce a massive backlog of applications from IMMIGRANTS wanting to sponsor their (FOREIGN) parents and grandparents to come to Canada.
[See: Oldsters Make Me Sick ]
At the same time, it introduced new rules requiring sponsors to take greater financial responsibility for parents or grandparents who immigrate to Canada. While these changes represent a significant improvement over what had been in place, they still come at a massive cost to the public purse.
[How much you ask? Read this: http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/05/17/immigrants-cost-23b-a-year-fraser-institute-report/]
By 2011, a backlog of more than 160,000 sponsored parents and grandparents was waiting to enter Canada.
At existing admission rates, most would have waited years before being allowed to come here.
The program is so popular, in fact, — it was estimated the queue could reach half-a-million (500,000
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