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‘We want more control’: McGuinty tells Ottawa

Ontario wants Ottawa to give it the same immigration powers as other provinces, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Wednesday.

Ontario wants Ottawa to give it the same immigration powers as other provinces, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Wednesday.

Immigration policies under both federal Liberal and Conservative governments have been “tilted” in favour of Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia, McGuinty said.

“Each of those three provinces have more control over immigration than we do here in Ontario, and so far the federal government is refusing to give us the same controls,” he said. “We want more control over the funds that arrive here. Just give us the money and we’ll deal directly with our settlement agencies.”

There would be costs associated with that, McGuinty said, but he wasn’t sure what the dollar figure would be.

Ontario was shortchanged $200 million under the just-expired immigration deal with Ottawa, which also cut $44 million in funding to settlement agencies in the province, said McGuinty.

“That’s not right,” he said.

 
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