Jun. 10, 2004. 11:11 AM
Skilled newcomers unused, Harper says
Tory leader promises speedier recognition of skills
BRAMPTON – Conservative Leader Stephen Harper wants the professional credentials of immigrants recognized more quickly.
Harper said today that foreign-born doctors, engineers and others are being kept from working in their fields because of delays in recognizing their credentials.
“Too often … immigrants are finding it difficult to use the very skills that earned them admission to Canada in the first place,” Harper said.
“That’s why a Conservative government will ensure speedier recognition of foreign credentials and prior work experience.”
Action is needed “because too many new Canadians are not achieving their full potential and Canada is experiencing too many shortages in key professional areas like medicine, engineering and diagnostics work.”
As prime minister, Harper said he would hold a federal-provincial meeting before the end of summer to work on the problem.
Harper blamed the Liberals for keeping things as they are and accused them of creating two Canadas — one for their friends and another for the rest.