Conservative leader Stephen Harper pitched his party’s immigration platform at the Canada China Economic Cooperation Prospect lunch in Vancouver today.
And on the same day he took heat over reports the Prime Minister’s Office approved some Syrian refugee applications for entering Canada, Harper slammed the Liberals for what he described as their record on immigration.
“Every Liberal government in the last 45 years has slashed immigration, sometimes by almost 60%.”
However those figures are at odds with Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s numbers, which shows nothing as close as a 60% cut in immigration, according to the their website.
Numbers steady since 2000
The biggest drop under a Liberal government was from 1982 to 1983, which was a 35% cut.
However since 2000, both the Liberal and Conservative governments have kept the percentage of permanent residents at .07 and .08 per cent of the population.