Newcomers need working knowledge of either official language: minister
Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says immigrants whocan't speak English or French well enough should be denied citizenship.
Kenney told an immigration conference in Calgary
that more efforts need to be made to integrate individuals coming to
Canada. He said newcomers should be required to have a working
knowledge of either official language.
Kenney said rules are already in place and free language training is made available to new immigrants so there is no excuse.
He also said he wants to find ways of recognizing an immigrant's credentials.
He gave as an example the case of a Syrian
obstetrician who has delivered "hundreds of babies," but who has been
working as a chambermaid for the last five years.